I had the chance recently to ask Zoe Brady some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Zoe is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and grace. Her love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was 10 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I am currently in my third year of training at the English National Ballet School
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been dancing on pointe since I was 12, so for about 7 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently wear freed pointe shoes
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I first started ballet when my dance teacher invited me to take classes to improve my technique for other genres. But when I was younger I was always dancing around the house wearing tutus and ballet slippers, so it was meant to be
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favourite variation is probably Odette
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for any company, all I want is to be able to perform on stage.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
I really enjoyed rehearsing one of the stepsisters from Cinderella, the character is very fun to play with
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
I feel like ballet would not be ballet without Marianela Nunez. I also love Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Yasmine Naghdi
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Work for yourself
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
You are so special, don’t be afraid to be different. Be true to who you are
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
We get to dress up in the most beautiful costumes, dance to beautiful music and perform for an audience
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Making sure we take care of our mental health, it’s so easy to fall into a downward spiral of negativity as we continuously strive for perfection
Q14: It seems like such hard work, did you ever have days growing up where you were like “ugh maybe I’ll just pick an easier career so I can be like a normal teenager”?
Everyone has their days that are tougher than others, but I’ve never wanted to stop dancing. Having a close circle of friends who can relate and be there for you is so important
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
I love both!
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
No, I’ve never had a serious injury
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
In my free time I love reading, doing yoga and exploring new places with friends