Month: November 2020

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Charley Jennings

I had the chance recently to ask Charley Jennings some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Charley is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her passion for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at the age of three

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently train at the Annette Roselli Dance Academy in the elite training program

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe since I was 12 so 4 years!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Grisko 2007’s

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved with ballet because I told my mum I wanted to be like Angelina ballerina!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My all time favourite variation would have to be Raymonda dream variation or Giselle

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for any ballet company as it is such an honour to be able to get into a company!

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

My favourite moments/ memories in ballet are performing on stage and meeting my amazing friends for the first time!

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

My ballet role model would have to be Marianela Núñez!

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

The best advice I have ever received from a teacher is that you do not have to be born with talent or anything going for you as long as you work hard and have a good mindset you can achieve greatness

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

I would tell my younger self to not compare myself to other as we are all on different roads to different destinations

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

The best thing about being a ballerina is seeing all the blood sweat and tears pay off when you perform. It is such an amazing feeling!

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

The hardest thing about being a ballerina is always wanting to be perfect and knowing that nothing will ever be perfect in ballet!

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”?

Some days are extremely tough in ballet! Some days you are sore and exhausted and getting out of bed is very tough but I have never had a second thought about wanting to become a professional ballet dancer it has always been my goals no matter how exhausted I was or are.

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Both are so stunning! If I had to pick I would say classical.

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

I have suffered two serious injuries being a broken ankle and a dislocated knee! Luckily I had many people around me supporting me to recover and become stronger then ever!

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

I love spending time with my friends and family when I’m not dancing as through the week I am so busy!

Q&A With American Ballerina Kelsey K

I recently had the chance to ask Kelsey some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Kelsey is a phenomenal dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at the age of 5 but I became much more serious about it at age 14

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

My studio recently went out of business due to COVID-19 but I’m in the process of finding a new one

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for 3 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Suffolk Sonnet

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom put me in ballet class when I was little but I never really enjoyed it until I saw a preformance at age 14 and decided it was my passion.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

There’s so many variations I love but the sugarplum fairy variation holds a special place in my heart

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My favorite company is probably the New York City ballet, dancing with them would be a dream

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

My favorite memory of ballet is probably my first recital after I went to a more challenging school and started working very hard. My father was so proud of me, I came off stage and we both cried. One of my favorite memories in general

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Michaela DePrince is the most inspiring dancer and I absolutely adore her. She’s definitely my role model!

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

“Don’t try, do.”

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

Don’t worry about how good others are, don’t compare. Everyone is on their own journey

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

Getting to be apart of something special, being able to have a place where the rest of the issues in the world just cant impact me, and being around the people that I’ve met

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

Hardest thing would probably be actually getting myself to regularly stretch and work hard

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”?

I do have days where I’m frustrated and I don’t see the point, but then I remember that ballet has made me who I am today and has really helped me grow as a person

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Depends on the ballet but probably classical.

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

Not yet!!

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

When I’m not dancing I like to spend time with my friends 🙂

Q&A With American Ballerina Alessandra Martinez

I had the opportunity recently to ask Alessandra Martinez some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Alessandra is an amazing dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and grace. Her love for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I began ballet when I was four years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at St. Lucie Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for 7 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Bloch Heritage pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I had always been fascinated with dance, especially ballet. My step-dad took me to my first ballet class for Valentine’s Day and I instantly fell in love!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is Talisman

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for Houston Ballet

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

My favorite memory is when I performed with my ballet family at Shake the Ground dance competition. We performed the Little Humped Back Horse and won first place within the whole competition. We had such a great time performing on stage together!

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

My ballet role models are Maria Khoreva and Marianela Nunez

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

The best advice I have ever received is to always keep working, for there is always something to be improved on. Nothing will ever be perfect!

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

I would tell the young version of myself to believe in herself and to be more confident, not lettting what other people think affect the way she dances

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

The best thing about being a ballerina is The ability to tell a story through the music and movement, engaging with the audience

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

The hardest thing in ballet is the feeling of frustration when things are not going well, or when you feel down. You just need to tell yourself to never give up and that things get better

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”?

Yes, and I believe it is one of the toughest things about ballet. Sometimes we get so down, that we feel like quitting, but we need to be able to pick ourselves back up and tell ourselves that tomorrow is a brand new day

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu!

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

Yes I have suffered a serious injury. I had struggled with plantar fasciitis a few years ago. I couldn’t dance for a long time, but I was able to do stretching and some floor barre.

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

My favorite thing to do outside of the studio is to spend time with my dance friends. I think that it is important for us to spend time together relaxing and doing activities. We spend so much time in the studio, it’s a nice change to spend time together is another setting.

Q&A With American Ballerina Piper Panek

I had the chance recently to ask Piper Panek some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Piper is a fantastic dancer, she graces the stage with elegance and grace. Her love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 3 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

West Point Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

About 4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Russian Pointe

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom was a ballerina and she put me in ballet at a young age

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I love Aurora act 1

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Any would be a dream, but maybe Royal Ballet or American Ballet Theatre

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

One of my favorite ballet memories was when I was given the opportunity to preform in Italy

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

My teachers are a huge inspiration to me and my mom. A dancer that I love to watch is Sylvie Guillem, she is such an inspiration

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

Treat every day like it is your last day dancing

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

Always give it all you have and never give up

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

I love dancing to show my art to other people that may not know what doing ballet is like or the dedication it takes to be a ballerina.

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

It is probably the intricate footwork and the time that ballet takes up working in the studio

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”?

Yes, there was a time that I felt like giving up and wanting to have a normal life , but ballet is what I love so i stuck with it and I know that was the right decision

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

No, lucky I have never had a serious injury

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

I like hanging with my friends and family when not at dance.

Q&A With American Ballerina Cassidy Doan

I had the chance recently to ask Cassidy Doan some questions about her journey as a ballerina, Cassidy is a phenomenal dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and grace, her love for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was only three! I didn’t begin my professional training until I was 13 though

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I used to dance with Houston Ballet Academy before the pandemic hit

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 6 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear suffolk stellars size 5.5 N

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet with my local ballet studio, Southland ballet academy. I trained there for 12 years! they’re the reason why I love ballet

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation would have to be Juliet variation or Giselle act 1!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for Houston Ballet or ABT

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

My favorite moment would be performing at the Lincoln center at NY finals. I loved dancing with all of those talented people and being with my mom & dance teacher backstage

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Tyler Donatelli and Skylar Brandt are definitely my ballet role models. they’re SO AMAZING

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

Best advice? hmm. that’s tough. All of my teacher just share so much of their wisdom and are always there to guide me. I would say: Do whatever you love most, and share your passion with the rest of the world!

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

Advice to my younger self? Don’t push yourself too hard. Enjoy every moment, and don’t take the performance opportunities for granted.

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

The best thing about being a ballerina is being able move so freely and gracefully. I also loveee the pointe shoes!

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

Yeah, I said pointe shoes are the best thing. They’re also the worst lol.

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”?

I’ve DEFINITELY have wanted to given up ballet sometimes. to be honest, I even felt like I should have chosen an easier career during corona or be a “normal teenager.” I’ve worked too hard to give up now, thus far

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

I actually love romantic tutus!

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

Yes I suffered from Osgood-Shlatter disease when I 13. Because I was dancing so much, I had bad pain in my knee ligament that I had to take a break for a few months

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

When in not dancing, I love to spend time with my friends and family! I have also been volunteering for the community, even virtually. Lately I’ve been studying lots for college applications and spending valuable time at home with my family.

Q&A With Dutch Ballerina Iris Koelewijn

I recently had an opportunity to ask Iris Koelewijn some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Iris is a phenomenal dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and grace. Her love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 6, so 14 years ago

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance and teach at Gelderse Balletscholen in Ermelo, The Netherlands associated with the Royal Academy of Dance

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I got on pointe when I was 11, so 9 years ago

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

At the moment I wear Bloch Eurostretch Synthesis

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mother also danced when she was younger and I always loved all the Barbie movies where there was ballet involved. My grandma always played classical music in her house which made me love the music. When I was 6, I got the choice to choose a sport or hobby and I wanted to go to ballet classes

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I love all the Kitri variations and the Pharao’s Daughter variation

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I don’t want to get into a company as I want to become a certified RAD teacher

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

My favorite memory is when I got the leading role of Kitri in our performance of Don Quichot in 2017

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

I really love Marianela Nunez, she inspires me so much and is one of the best ballerinas in my opinion

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

To always believe in yourself, even when you feel like giving up

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

Don’t be so harsh in yourself, you can’t do anything perfectly. I am such a perfectionist, and I was very insecure when I was younger. I would tell myself that everything will work out eventually and to never give up

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

The feeling I get when dancing and teaching, you get consumed by it, and don’t have to think about anything else. It feels like flying

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

That sometimes you feel like you’re not improving anymore. Sometimes steps or exercises that I could easily do last year, I can’t do know. You change, your body changes and especially after quarantine and not fully dancing for a half year, it is really hard to get back in shape

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”?

Of course! It was hard to struggle school and ballet. When I got home from school, I was too tired to do homework and I just wanted to go to ballet. So I went to ballet class after school and woke up extra early the next morning to learn or do my homework

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

Once I injured my hamstring. I went into the split without warming up. A really bad idea🙂

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

When I’m not dancing or teaching, I like to meet up with my friends. I can’t see them during the week but only in the weekends because of my schedule. So I love to hang out with them and catch up.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Amity Gentle

I had the chance recently to ask Amity Gentle some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Amity is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with incredible grace and elegance. Her love for ballet is fantastic. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

Started dance when I was 3

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Queensland national ballet full time

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for 9 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear grishko fouetté

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I watched the Russian ballet then became obsessed with it

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is dying swan from carnival of the animals and canary from sleeping beauty

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to dance for bolshoi or Moscow ballet

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

Getting into Joffrey ballet in 2019

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Lee cunxin and Anna pavlova

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

That as long as you try hard it doesn’t matter if you fail

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

That it doesn’t matter if someone has better legs or body than you because if you work harder than them you are more likely to succeed

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

Getting cheered for after dancing something you’ve worked hard for

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

Dealing with the blood blisters and injuries

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”?

I’ve never wanted to quit dance

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic and classical tutus are both very pretty but I love the way romantic tutus go with your movements

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

I have no cartilage in my body so I’ve always suffered injuries since I was young but the main one I have is my knee popping out of place and I’ve sprained me ankle very badly last term

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

When I’m not dancing I’m usually doing school work since I’m doing distance education but when I’m not dancing and doing school work and usually doing art

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Celine Urquhart

I had the opportunity recently to ask Celine Urquhart some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Celine is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and grace. Her passion and love for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 4 years old. I trained for a year, however I did not really enjoy the class and decided to quit. But then, when I was 9, my mother convinced me to try it again. I have been doing ballet ever since

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart, Germany. It is a fantastic school and I am so grateful to be able to train there every day

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for roughly 5 years, as I got my first pair of pointe shoes when I was almost 12.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear pointe shoes from Freed of London. This brand has been my favourite so far and I love how secure and comfortable these shoes make me feel while dancing

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mother has experience in the ballet and contemporary fields and hence was the main reason for why I started ballet

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I would have to say either Aurora act 1 (from Sleeping Beauty) or some of the variations from Paquita

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for any company, but some of my favourites are the Royal Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet, the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky Theatre

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

I think most of my favourite memories and moments in Ballet are the ones on stage. I love the feeling of performing on stage, and it is what makes me love this art form so much

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

My favourite ballet dancers are Marianela Nunez, Evgenia Obraztsova, Svetlana Zakharova and Elisa Badenes. I adore watching them perform and they truly inspire me by the way that they can effortlessly perform movements as well as tell a story on stage

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

To not get to focused on the technical aspect but instead to learn how to really dance with your emotions and upper body

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

I strongly advise to not let negative thoughts stop you from achieving your goals. It is so important to live each day with a positive mindset, otherwise you may regret having spent so much time worrying about issues that aren’t even that serious. Life is too short to spend every day worrying about the next challenge

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

The best thing about being a ballerina is that you get to study beautiful music, train your memory skills and keep fit at the same time

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

Negative self-esteem and body-images are probably the two hardest things about ballet. However, by changing your mindset and appreciating yourself for who you are, one can easily overcome these challenges

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”?

I have these days all the time. I have days where I feel as though, everything I do is wrong and pointless. However, these days are actually the most important ones, as they remind me of how much I love and want to pursue this career

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

I have been very fortunate, and have never had a serious injury. I have however had some injuries here and there that have prevented me from giving my best in classes and performances. Although they seem like the end of the world at the time, they are sometimes positive things as they teach dancers what not to do the next time and make them more appreciative of their career

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

In my free time I love to draw, cook and spend time with friends or family.

Q&A With American Ballerina Kayla Engelhardt

I had the chance recently to ask Kayla Engelhardt some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Kayla is a phenomenal 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?

I started ballet when I was six years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance with Colorado Ballet as a pre professional student

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en point for about four years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Capizio Avas

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom put me into a ballet class when I was little and loved feeling like a princess

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

t’s hard to pick one variation but I would say my favorite variation is Swan Lake act 2 Odette

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I’m trying to keep my options open but I would love to work for Colorado Ballet or I am also looking into other contemporary companies

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

I think one of my favorite memories in ballet has been performing Graduation Ball where I performed the role of fouetté girl. This was such a fun ballet and I loved portraying my character

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Being able to work so close with the Colorado Ballet company dancers has truly been a blessing and I am inspired by so many of them. Dana Benton and Maria Mosina have been big role models of mine since I was little

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

The best advice a teacher has given me is to come into the studio everyday with one thing that you want to fix. At times, I would catch myself trying to fix so many things at once that I wouldn’t actually fix any of them. When I come into the studio with one specific goal in mind, I can accomplish one goal everyday

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

Advice that I would give to my younger self would be to be more patient with myself. Progress and success don’t come overnight. It takes time and effort to accomplish your goals

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

The best thing about being a ballerina is being transform into any character on stage. I love the challenge of it. I also love the pretty tutus!

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

The hardest thing about being a ballerina is the strive to keep your determination. It can be very discouraging at some points but I have to keep reminding myself of why I love ballet

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”?

I think that when I was little I was a very hard worker and always strived to do more. As i’ve gotten older I can see myself getting more burnt out. Some days I have doubts about my future ballet career and if this is the right path for me. I think that everyone my age can relate to this and relate to the wanting to be a “normal teen”. Overall, I love ballet and I wouldn’t want to give that up.

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love wearing classical tutus

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

I tend to be prone to stress fractures in my feet. I have had four stress fractures that have taken me out of ballet for a couple months each time. Thankfully, nothing that has required surgery though

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

It’s hard to find free time because when i’m not dancing I will be working on school. But one of my favorite things to do is take trips to the mountains. I love hiking 14ers, camping, skiing and exploring with my family. Colorado is such a beautiful state and I love to take advantage of all the views it has to offer.

Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Olivia Book

I had an opportunity recently to ask Olivia Book some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Olivia is an amazing dancer, her determination and strength in ballet is incredible, she never lets anything hold her back. 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 3 but I started to really love it and focus on in when I was 12

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Ballet West Academy in the Professional Training Division

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started dancing en pointe when I was 12

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Grishko(Nikolay in the USA) 3007’s

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I started in competitive dance when I was 9 and even though I did multiple style of dance like tap, jazz, hip hop and ballet my studio was more heavily focused on ballet unlike most competitive studios. I think what really pushed me to focus more on ballet was watching all the older girls at my studio as well as watching professional ballerinas and thinking to myself that I want to be as amazing as them one day

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation to watch is the Act 1 Aurora Variation mostly because of how elegant the music is and how the choreography is just so stunning. Although my favourite variation to dance is the second female variation from Flower Festival.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I’m very open minded when it comes to companies because I would just like to be apart of one with a kind and non-toxic environment. Although my dream company is definitely the Royal Danish Ballet

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

My favourite memory in ballet was in 2018 when I attended a workshop with Kizzy Matiakis, Principal at the Royal Danish Ballet where she invited me to the Royal Danish Ballet Summer School. After attending the summer school I knew I wanted to start training more professionally and hopefully become a professional dancer. I learned so much and met so many amazing people that summer and it changed myself as a dancer as well as a person and it will forever be one of the highlights in my life

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

My ballet role models are Kizzy Matiakis and Holly Dorger, both principals at the Royal Danish Ballet. I admire both their artistry and technique so much, watching them dance is breathtaking and they’re both some of the kindest people i’ve ever met. Hopefully i’ll get to watch them perform in person one day!

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

Best advice i’ve received was from my previous ballet teacher Alice Burke. She told me this a few days before my first YAGP in 2019, she said “your body knows what it’s doing, trust it. Your technique will work and shine through even if you’re not thinking about it. So just go out there and perform, and let your body do what it does best: dance.” I love this advice because I think more often that not we focus so much on the technique of everything that we forget the most important part is the artistry

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

Advice I would give myself is to believe in yourself. When I was younger I wasn’t very confident and was self-conscious about my arm(although I kind of still am) so I would tell my younger self to not worry what other people are thinking, especially in dance class. Everyone is focused about themselves so don’t worry so much, it won’t help you in the long run

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

The best thing about being a ballerina is knowing that you get to do what you love every day. Being able to perform on stage and play different characters is such a wonderful aspect that comes with this wonderful feeling that is too difficult to explain

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

I think the most difficult thing about being a ballerina the constant drive and motivation you need to have everyday to keep progressing as a dancer. As well as continuing to work hard even when you may not be seeing big results of your work everyday, as nothing is instant and everything is so gradual and takes time.

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”?

I don’t think I had days where I didn’t want to become a ballerina but I did have days when I didn’t think it was possible for me to become a ballerina and it definitely took time for me to get out of that feeling and believe in myself

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Ooo that’s a tough one because I love romantic tutus as their used in many Bournonville ballets, like Napoli, but classical tutus are so goregous and make you feel like a shining star!!

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

I’m not sure if this would be considered serious but the most severe injury i’ve had was when I subluxed(popped out and back in) my knee cap. It was one of those injuries where I was able to start dancing again after a week but had to slowly build strength in my knee to be able to do everything in class again. It took about 2 months for me to get through a whole day of dance without any discomfort or pain and it was definitely a test of my resilience.

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

On my free time I usually watch Netflix or Youtube just to fully relax or I’ll sew new pointe shoes while I watch tv. But I also love to bake, research ingredients to cook with and plan out what I’m doing to make for dinner next week!