Month: November 2020

Q&A With British Ballerina Tori Gibbons

I had the opportunity recently to ask Tori Gibbons some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Tori is a fantastic 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?

I started ballet at 3 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I train at Academy of Balletic Arts and Forte Dance Academy

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 6 years, I got my first pair at 10 years old

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Russian Pointe Rubin Radiance

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I used to watch my older sister in ballet class and always wanted to join in but wasn’t allowed to start classes until I was 3

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I love the Tchaikovsky PDD variation

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for English National Ballet or Joffrey but I’d be grateful to work for any company

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

My favourite dance memory is dancing with London Children’s Ballet at the West End

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

Marianela Núñez and Alina Cojocaru

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

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard

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

Don’t listen to the people who told you that you weren’t good enough

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

Getting to meet people who share the same passion

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

Trying to balance school work and dance

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”?

Never, I’m lucky that most my friends are very supportive of me dancing

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Both I love them equally for many different reasons

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

Luckily I haven’t had a serious injury

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

When I’m not dancing I’m running my own business @_floralbunsco

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Laura Mclean

I had the opportunity recently to ask Laura Mclean some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Laura is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and beauty. 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 attend Queensland National Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started pointe when I was 12 years old when I was attending En point School of Ballet

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear grishko 2007 pointe shoes, after trying on all of the styles through the years I am in love with these shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

When I was younger I started walking on my toes and my parents decided to take me to my first ballet class. I absolutely hated it and didn’t want to listen to my teacher and went on to swim. A couple of years later my mum put me back into a class when I was 6 and oddly enough I loved it and have been doing to ever since

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

It is so hard to decide which my favourite variation is, I love so many of them. To narrow it down my top three favourites would have to be 3rd Odalisque variation from Le Corsaire, lilac fairy from sleeping beauty and Queen Of Dryads from La Byadere

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would say my favourite companies would have to be either Australian ballet or Houston ballet

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

My favourite memory would be when my ballet school got chosen to perform in the Opera house last year for the Sydney eisteddfod Finals

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

My all time favourite dancer who inspires me the most would have to be Marianela Nunez! She is beautiful and such an inspiration to watch

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

The best advice I have ever received from a teacher would be that you should always work harder then you did the day before, always continue to be the best person of yourself and keep inspiring yourself

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

I would tell my younger self to not be afraid of leaping out of my comfort zone and push the limits. I would also tell myself to never give up and that I’m capable of so much

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

The best thing about being a ballerina is that I get to wake up and do what I love everyday and that there is always something to work for

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

The hardest thing about being a ballerina is trying to push aside all of the hard mental aspects and how tough it is on your body and mind

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 had quite a few days and sometimes months where I would doubt myself and if I should make this a career, but through all of those hard days I’m so thankful I never gave up

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic! There is something about the way they move through some movements that is absolutely stunning

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

so far I haven’t had any major injury (knock on wood!!) I have had a few rolled ankles and inflamed feet but nothing a little bit of ice and cream can’t fix

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

I usually spend my free time with friends, working or trying to get as much rest as possible. I also enjoy drawing and try to make a habit of that. :))

Q&A With American Ballerina Olivia Sacchetillo

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at the age of 7

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance in the Professional Training Program at Cary Ballet Conservatory

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I began pointe work at 9 years old so 4 years now

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Nikolay Dreampointe and Nova pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got involved with ballet after watching my first ballet on stage. I absolutely fell in love with the art of dance, and I knew this is what I wanted to do as a career.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have so many favorite classical and neo-classical variations that I love. The Odette variation from Swan Lake is definitely one of my favorites. Odette is such an emotional character and portraying that character requires such depth and feeling. I would love to dance a role with such challenging artistic and emotional qualities. This variation is also so graceful and beautiful to watch

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

There are so many amazing ballet companies in the world, and I would be honored to be asked to dance in one of them! There are so many things to take into consideration when joining a company. If an opportunity comes along, I will have to take every aspect of the company (repertoire, method, location, etc.) and my abilities into account, both artistically and technically, to decide if it is a good fit for me. One of my dream companies is Miami City Ballet because I love the Balanchine method and their repertoire…and of course it’s in Florida.

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

I have so many wonderful dance memories. Every moment of dancing on stage is one of my favorites. I love the feeling of being onstage; I love that I can express myself through the music and the dance. It’s like nothing else matters or exists while I’m on stage…it feels amazing! One of my favorite memories is when I performed the role of Clara last year in the Nutcracker. I truly loved every moment of dancing and acting this role. I also love being backstage during performance warmups and preparations…just being in the theater with the added excitement of everyone getting ready and being with friends makes it all the more amazing!

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

Many ballet dancers inspire me. My role models range from student to principal dancer. Some of them include Yana Cherepanova, Ava Arbuckle, Remie Goins, Arianna Crosato Neumann, Reynu Wood, Andrea Huynh, Maddie Goodman, Skylar Brandt, Maria Khoreva, Iana Salenko, Kathryn Morgan, and Tiler Peck

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

I’ve gotten a lot of good advice over these years of dancing…but the most important for me was when a teacher told me that being hypermobile and having great flexibility are fantastic; however, it’s having the strength and stamina to do ballet that is more important than anything else

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

A few things that I’d tell my younger self are: always give my all in everything; don’t worry so much about being perfect; don’t worry about doing everything right the very first time because it will all come together in the end; apply all corrections given in class even if they’re not directed towards me; smile and breathe because no matter what happens, life keeps going

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

The best thing about being a ballerina is having the ability to do what I love every day and getting to share my passion and drive with others

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

The hardest thing about being a ballerina for me is the competition between dancers. There are so many beautiful ballerinas out there and we’re all working toward the same goal. We should try to support and encourage each other. I know it is sometimes difficult to not compare your journey to another dancer’s, but everyone is different and we are all on the journey to try to achieve the same goal

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”?

Honestly, I have never really wanted to give up dance. Dance is my passion, and I love every aspect of it. I love dancing all day and rehearsing for performances and competitions

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love both classical and romantic tutus

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

I have thankfully never had an injury. I am very careful with my body. If something is bothering me, I try to deal with it immediately as to not let it get worse. I try to listen to my body, so that I’ll be able to dance without injury…which I hope will allow me a long dance career

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

Outside of dance, I enjoy reading a good book, baking muffins, learning about the history of ballet, watching classical and neo-classical ballets, listening to music, hanging out with friends and family, and playing with my two cats.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Samantha Wong

I had the opportunity recently to ask Samantha Wong some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Samantha 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 5, this is my 11th year

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance fulltime at Alegria Dance Studios in Sydney

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

For 5 years, I got my first pair when I was 11

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently alternate between Bloch Aspirations and Bloch Synthesis

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mum enrolled me in all the sports and I ended up liking Gymnastics and Ballet the most.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

There are so many variations that I love but my 2 favorites would be Cupid from Don Quixote and the 1st Shade variation from La Bayadere

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for any company that will take me because of how competitive and tough the ballet world is….however it would be a dream to dance with the Royal Ballet London and the Australian Ballet

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

I’ve had so many great moment and memories in ballet but the one that stands out the most would be dancing with the Australian Ballet when I was 10 for their Nutcracker season in Sydney. It was such a unique fun experience being on stage with so many amazing professional dancers and performing for a large audience at the Sydney Opera House

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

My fellow classmates, Ako Kondo, Skylar Brandt, Benedicte Bemet and many more !

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

One of my teachers once told me to enjoy the time on stage because you’ve done all the hard work in the studio

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

I would tell my younger self to enjoy the moment and trust the process

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

The best thing about being a ballerina is getting to do what I love everyday, striving towards near perfection and performing on stage

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

The hardest thing about being a ballerina would be moving away from home for further opportunities such as accepting an offer at an overseas school

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”?

Definitely! There are days when you don’t feel like doing ballet and you start to wonder what it would be like if you didn’t choose ballet but I always remind myself of the thrill and rush when I’m on stage and it makes me love ballet again.

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love both but classical!

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

Yes, earlier this year I tore a ligament in my knee that took me out for 6 weeks. Luckily I had some very supportive teachers and friends that made the 6 weeks go super fast.

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

Since I’m always dancing, I don’t have heaps of free time. When I do, most of the free time is spent doing school work or watching my favourite tv series – Grey’s Anatomy.

Q&A With American Ballerina Brett Rule

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at the age of 3 when my mom opened her studio!

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Houston Ballet Academy as a Pro 1

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for 9 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear custom Capezio pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet when my mom opened her studio!!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is probably Tchaikovsky Pas or White Swan

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to be in the company at Houston Ballet or American Ballet Theatre

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

All of my favorite memories involve dancing, so I could not possibly choose one!!

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

I’m continuously inspired by Wendy Whelan, Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, Megan Fairchild, and Sara Mearns!!

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

The best advice I’ve ever received from a teacher is to be the best version of myself and not to compare myself to others

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

If I could give my younger self advice I would say to not compare myself to others and to remember to have fun.

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

I think the best thing about being a ballerina is working so hard everyday and being able to see my hard work pay off

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

I think the hardest thing about being a ballerina is trying to make everything seem so effortless, when it really is so difficult

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”?

Even though ballet is so difficult, I’ve never had a time where I wanted to quit because of the hard work. I love challenges and pushing myself, so I love ballet

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love both!! But my favorite is a romantic tutu

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

I did have to have surgery in between my fourth and pinky toes because of a bad corn. Before I had surgery, I had blood poisoning from a blister popping in my toe, which resulted in my toe being infected with E.Coli. I had to wear a cast and boot for 7 weeks!

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

I love spending time with my family and friends when I am not dancing. I especially love spending time with my grandparents every weekend.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Isabelle Despoja

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

currently dancing in the ballet stream, first year at WAAPA

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I think I started point around 12-13, most common time to start

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear the capezio cambre shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Pretty general, mum took me to ballet when I was very little, haven’t stopped since

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is the Don Q, Kitri variation from act 1 and second shade La Bayadere

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I’d be happy to work anywhere ☺️, but would like to move overseas

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

Probably the last time I performed, which was at the RAD awards doing second shade, thoroughly enjoyed dancing on stage

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

I love Michaela Deprince from Dutch national ballet, as I have coloured skin and a muscular body, Michaela is a true role model for me

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

Don’t hold back, worst that could happen is you fall, but you won’t

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

To not hold back, and to trust your body, be confident with who you are

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

Having the opportunity to perform and be artistic

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

Everything

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 all the time, those days I would talk to a lot of ppl, and try find myself

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

Yes, very common, shin splints, rolled ankle

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

Spend time with friends, and be a normal teenager

Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Tess Browning

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I was 3! I started training seriously at 14

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

San Francisco Ballet School

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Since I was 11 so 6 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Russian pointe Rubin radiance

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom is actually a ballet teacher and owned a studio at the time so it was kinda destined that I would be a dancer haha

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

La Esmeralda! I think it’s from act one scene two. it’s not the one with the tambourine it’s with castenets!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

San Francisco ballet or The Royal Ballet

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

I didn’t really have an exact moment but the feeling

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

Dancers that inspire you. So many but here are a few of my faves. Sasha de sola Marianela Nunez Yasmine naghdi Celine Gittens

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

To be you and believe in your self ! Sounds easy but it helps a lot if you relax and perform

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

To stop comparing your self to others, everyone is on their own path

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

Definitely performing for an audience! I love the silence in the theatre when you are dancing and feeling the audiences energy in the room it’s just magical!!

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

For me it’s always trying to stay in shape, especially with the whole dancing at home quarantine situation that is going on. Convincing yourself to keep training, strengthening, stretching, and eating well when you don’t know when your next performance will be is very tough

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 all the time! When I was going to regular school and had friends in the “normal teenager” world I thought about that a lot. I just could never imagine my life without ballet and when I realized that I knew I had to keep working hard on my dream

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Ooo tough choice! I think I have to say classical just cause it seems like a classic ballet look 🙂

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

No I haven’t, I’ve been really lucky. I do get the occasional little injury but nothing to serious

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

I really love playing just dance on my Nintendo Switch haha. And also in the summer I like to go jet skiing! Other than that I like to spend time out side with family, friends, and pets!!

Q&A With American Ballerina Sydney Reed

I had the opportunity recently to ask Sydney Reed some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Sydney is a fantastic dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible grace and elegance. Her love for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 3

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Academy of Russian Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Grishko Miracles

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom signed me up for ballet when I was little and I’ve loved it ever since

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Giselle Peasant pas Variation

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company is the Royal Ballet

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

Yes, my summer intensive (Joffery Colorado Springs) back in 2019

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

Skylar Brandt, and Autumn Klein

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

Never stop trying to improve

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

Don’t ever stop trying even if you’re tired

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

Being on stage and getting to preform and make people happy

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

Technique, and learning to correct your mistakes

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, everyone does, but you think about why you’re doing it and remember that you love what you’re doing. Sometimes you have to push through the tough times to remember that it’s all worth it in the end

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

I have had so knee injuries and ankle problems, but nothing I’ve ever had to be out a long time for

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

I love to travel and hike with my amazing mother.♥️

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Alex Smalley

I had the chance recently to ask Alex Smalley some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Alex is a phenomenal dancer, she graces 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 5 and have loved it ever since!

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am a Senior student at Ballet Theatre Australia in Melbourne

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started pointe at 10, so six years now

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I have custom Bloch pointe shoes that are a mix of the the Bloch Balance European and the Bloch Euro-stretch

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My older sister does ballet too. I used to watch her dance when I was really young and decided it was what I wanted too

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

The Crystal Fountain fairy variation from Sleeping Beauty

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My Dream companies are the Bolshoi and the Australian Ballet

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

One of my favourite ballet memories is performing a Paquita variation in front of a Russian Ballet Company

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

Maria Khoreva and Diana Vishneva are two of my favourite ballet dancers

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

Trust yourself

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

Stop caring so much about how others see you, focus on yourself

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

Definitely being able to express myself without words

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

Mental, physical and emotional fatigue

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”?

Many times. I actually quit ballet when I was 6 and again when I was 10. I really found my love for it again when I was 11

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

For me romantic. I feel less like a toilet brush ahaha

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

I have. Recently, actually. I had a benign tumour removed from my knee in late January and the tumour caused some nerve damage. I was in a wheelchair and then a metal brace for several months. I’m still doing rehab at the moment but I’m able to do classes and jumps 🙂

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

I like sewing, songwriting and other crafty things. I can’t sing though (I sound like a dying cockatoo)

Q&A With American Ballerina Savannah Rief

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started taking ballet classes for fun when I was 6 but I didn’t start to take dance seriously until I was around 11

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Florida School for Dance Education

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for 6 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Right now I am switching off between wearing Russian Pointe and So Danca pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom put me in classes at a young age and after attending a summer intensive at my current studio I really began to take my ballet training seriously

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Grand Pas Classique and Medora Act 3

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream companies would be Houston Ballet, Royal Ballet and ABT

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

Competing at YAGP for the first time when I was 11 was a very memorable experience that I will never forget

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

Marianela Núñez, Maria Khoreva, Skylar Brandt and Isabella Boylston are some of my favorites

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

The best advice that I have received is that all goals are attainable as long as you work hard enough

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

If I could give my younger self advice it would be that confidence plays a big role in improvement

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

The best thing about ballet is that it is impossible to achieve perfection and there are always things to work on

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

The hardest thing about being a ballerina is remembering that progress doesn’t happen over night and you have to be patient with yourself

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 actually really enjoy the hard work that is associated with ballet so I never really struggled with the choice of picking a normal teenage life

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Definitely classical

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

No I have been lucky enough to never suffer from any serious injuries. I have had some minor injuries in the past but nothing to serious

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

I love to bake in my free time.