I had the chance recently to ask Isabella Smith some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Isabella is an excellent dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
7 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
The graduate collage of dance Perth WA
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Bloch European stretch split sole
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My mum was a ballet dancer
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Too many good ones, but I love kitri, coppelia and 3rd shade variation
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work at the Paris Opera Ballet or the Royal Ballet
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Dancing at the Prix de Lausanne
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Never let someone else dull your shine ✨
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Don’t be too hard on yourself there will be plenty of time for that later
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
The stage performances
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
The physical effort, everyday
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”?
100% I still have those bad days but it’s so important to remember why you love it so much, and at the end of the day if your happy or can still find that love on your worst day then you are in the right career, you know 😂
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
No not really
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
Hang with friends, skateboard or watch Netflix 🙊