Month: November 2020

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Kenzie Andrews

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I first started ballet at the age of 3

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently train at Atelier Australia on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been enpointe since the age of 10

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Bloch Synthesis pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first found my love for ballet watching my cousins perform and compete here in Australia and in NY

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My Favourite Variation at this point in time would have to Gamzatti. There is so much more to this Beautiful piece than meets the eye, and since learning it I have a true appreciation for technical Beauty of it

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

As far as Companies go I probably have quite a few that stand out for different reasons as I’ve grown as a dancer. So right now I couldn’t give you one answer. We will see where this road takes me

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

One of my favourite moments in ballet was the first time I stepped onto a International stage at the age of 9 in NY for the YAGP finals

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

I am truly inspired by many dancers for many reasons. Steve McRae is a true Aussie inspiration, having begun on the same stages I dance on here in Brisbane. I have worked with the Incredible Dusty Button, who taught me not to hold back being who I am. Petra Conti has overcome so much and is a real inspiration for what is possible. My list goes on and on haha

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

The best advice I’ve received from a teacher would be to learn how to adapt, as life, your body, your situation will be changing constantly

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

Advice I’d give my young self would be not to worry too much about what others are doing, as we all find our own path that is truly ours, and that cannot be compared

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

The best thing about being a ballerina for me is the opportunity to become a new character on stage and express emotions in a way that needs no words

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

he hardest thing about being a ballerina would be maintaining the motivation on those days when it’s only you and your doubts…. it can be scary

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 always loved ballet and I can’t remember ever thinking Hey maybe this isn’t for me

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

For me I think Classical tutu would be my favourite

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

So far I have not suffered a serious injury, I’ve had some full on growing pains as my legs grew extremely quick

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

In my free time I love spending time with friends and family…..shopping, going to the beach, or just chilling out at home watching movies.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Macy West

I had the opportunity recently to ask Macy West some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Macy is an amazing 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 4 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently a pre professional artist with the Victorian State Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for almost 6 years, since I was 11

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Energetiks Stella’s

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first started ballet as an extracurricular activity before I started primary school and I became very focused on ballet when I started my Checcetti ballet exams when I was 10 years old.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have so many! But my favourites are probably the Raymonda Hungarian variation, Raymonda’s Grand Pas Variation or Nikya’s death from La Bayadere

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream companies are Queensland Ballet or the Australian Ballet, however I would love to continue my career as a part of the Victorian State Ballet

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

I have loved every experience I have had in ballet but my favourites are performing as a dwarf in Victorian State Ballet’s Snow White in 2017, participating in the Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive in 2019 and being lucky enough to receive entry into the summer programs in Italy and Switzerland and being accepted in the the Pre Professional Program at VSB

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

Dancers that inspire me are Olesia Novikova, Svetlana Zakharova and Amber Scott. Also all the amazing company members at VSB

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

The best advice I’ve received was to perfect all the movements that create a step and build your muscle memory first before trying to perfect the harder movement. I find this advice can be used in every aspect of ballet whether it be a pirrouette or grand jete

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

I would tell my younger self to always be confident and never doubt your abilities. Also to have fun and remember why you started!

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

I think the best thing about being a ballerina is being able to do what I love every single day and be surrounded by wonderful and inspiring people. Ballet allows me to express myself through movement and I love using this to connect with the people around me

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

I think the hardest thing would be not comparing yourself to others and not letting minor errors effect the way you view your overall abilities, It’s very easy to get caught up in the stress of it all and forget about the positives

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 always known this was the best fit for me and have loved every minute of it. Having supportive friends and family made this decision so easy and I’m so grateful to be supported by everyone around me

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Both! They are both so beautiful

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

Thankfully I have never suffered a serious injury only small minor injuries here and there

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

I love to spend time with friends and family.

Q&A With American Ballerina Haley Breslin

I had the chance recently to ask Haley Breslin some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Haley is a fantastic dancer, she takes to the stage 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 3, so 13 years ago

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Viktor Yeliohin’s international Ballet Academy

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 7 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Russian pointe but have tried almost every brand

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet because my older sister danced

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Currently my favorite variation is either the paquita wedding variation or pas d’esclave from le corsaire.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company would be Pennsylvania ballet

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

My favorite memory would be going to the National Ballet competition in Wilmington Delaware. It was such a great experience and i learned so much

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

A dancer that inspires me is Indiana Woodward. She has such a positive attitude and gives the best advice

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

The best advice i’ve received from a teacher is to remember to dance for yourself and not for someone else. As dancers we tend to work for someone else’s praise but we need to remember why we love what we do

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

The advice I would give a young version of myself is to keep a positive attitude, always be open to new ideas and to stretch more than I did when I was younger:)

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

The best thing about being a ballerina is seeing how far you have come. Each day you grow and improve a little more and it’s a good reminder that you are always improving and are better than you were yesterday

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

The hardest thing about being a ballerina is comparing yourself to others. I personally struggle with this a lot and I try to remind myself that everyone has different strengths and weaknesses

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 I have had those days, but I just love dance so much and sometimes it’s helpful to just put on your favorite song and let your body move and it will speak for itself and you will remember why you love this path

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love classical tutus

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

Luckily I have not suffered from any serious injuries

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

Other than dancing, I love to hang out with friends, my family, and my church. I love love to be outside!

Q&A With American Ballerina Samantha Randall

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was around 2 1/2, but started training more professionally when I was 11

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at SLK Ballet in NYC

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for five years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Freed Studio Professionals!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

When I was two, I went to see the Nutcracker with my family. I decided on that day that I wanted to be a professional ballerina and I wanted to be Clara and the Sugar Plum!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

That’s so hard, I have so many! I love third shade, white swan, flames of paris, and Nikiya’s death

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

There are so many beautiful companies, but I grew up going to watch ABT perform, so that has always been my dream company

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

One of my favorite memories was performing as Clara in the Nutcracker because I was fulfilling a dream I’d held for so long!

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

I have so many ballet role models, including Skylar Brandt, Maria Khoreva, and Devon Teuscher

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

Don’t let other people’s doubt and negative comments get you down, because there are always people who believe in you and know you can succeed

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

You are special; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, keep your confidence and keep working hard!

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

The ability to express myself through movement and bring joy to others around me!

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

Having your ideal path set from a young age can be challenging, especially because we all have to make a lot of sacrifices along our journey, and that journey can be riddled with doubt and negativity. However, ballet is such a rewarding profession, and it makes all of the sacrifices worth it!

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 definitely felt on some days that I was just so exhausted of the strenuous life, but then I realized that I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t a ballerina, and my love for the art form comes through and motivates me to keep going!

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical for sure, though romantic tutus are beautiful as well!

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

The most serious injury I’ve had was Achilles tendinitis. I developed it in the spring of 2019 and had to deal with the pain all summer through my summer intensives and bit into the following school year. Though it was super painful and really annoying when I couldn’t jump for most of the Ellison Ballet intensive, I went to physical therapy and discovered how much I loved learning about the body. It was definitely a learning experience

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

I probably spend most of my time outside of dance doing schoolwork, but I really love school so I don’t mind! I’m also a classical pianist, so I practice piano a lot as well. I also love to go bike riding, read, and spend time with my friends!

Q&A With American Ballerina Kenzie Woodward

I had the opportunity recently to ask Kenzie Woodward some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Kenzie is a fantastic dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and grace. Her passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

3 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Texas Ballet Theater

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

6.5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Bloch (European Balance)

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom put me in classes

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Juliet’s beginning variation

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Texas Ballet Theater or Colorado Ballet or American Ballet Theater

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

Christmas time performances were always the best because there are so many children and you can tell how much they love it. We did Peter in the Wolf for schools and I was the cat and when I jumped on stage they all gasped and it was the best feeling

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

Marianella Nuñez, Skylar Brant and Alexandra Farber

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

To let go and just dance

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

To not let my own frustration be my downfall

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

Performing and costumes. I absolutely love tutus and tiaras. If I ever stop dancing I want to go into costumes

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

Stamina and comparison

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 100% it’s very difficult to see all your friends out of Friday night having fun together but it just proves to me that I really love dancing

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

I like classical better but on me actually dancing I think Romantic

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

No

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

Sew and hangout with my school friends

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Hannah Mccloughan

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 11

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at premiere studios

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

This is my third year en pointe

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear energetiks encore pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Most of my friends danced so I started for fun

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Kitri act 3 from don quixote

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would be honoured to go anywhere but I love John kranko, Hamburg and English national

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

Probably my first time en pointe

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

I have many ballet role models but I absolutely adore Marianela Nunez, Sylvie Guillem and Svetlana Zakhrova

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

To keep going no matter what.

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

To take risk and to make the most of every class

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

That I get to do what I love everyday

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

Being rejected or having a bad day

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”?

Sometimes but I alway remind myself that this is what I love and that I am very lucky to get this opportunity

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

Yes, I broke my foot about two years ago

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

I love to watch people dance and see how they interpret movement.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Taylah Woodberry

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 12 1/2

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance currently at Benedict Manniegel Ballet Academy in Munich, Germany

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for 4 or 5 years now

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear energetiks pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I started ballet because my friend was doing it and I immediately fell in love with it

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have a few favourites – Swan Lake pas de trois, Dulcinea variation from Don Quixote and Paquita 2 lead variation

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I’m not sure what company I would love to work for yet.

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

I have too many great memories from ballet. But I love dancing with my best friends

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

Yasmine Naghdi, Fumi Kaneko, Neneka Yoshida, Mia Heathcote

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

My teacher drilled into my head that your the only person who can make you work your hardest to achieve your end goal/s

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

I would tell my younger self to say ‘yes’ to every opportunity that comes your way

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

The best thing about being a ballerina is performing on stage and entertaining audiences. Plus you get to do what you love

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

The hardest thing I found being a ballerina is the body image

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 hard times and thought about quitting but I remember that this what I love and it makes me happy to do something that I enjoy

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical, but I love both

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

I actually haven’t suffered a serious injury, just minor ankle injuries

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

I love to spend time with my family and friends or go shopping.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Kyle Yeo

I recently had the opportunity to ask Kyle Yeo some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Kyle is a fantastic dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace. Her passion for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 3

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

At Qld national ballet and Queensland ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

For about 3-4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear grishko maya

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

When I was younger my mum put me in ballet cause I was fidgety

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Swan lake odete, blue bird and sleeping beauty act 3

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Royal ballet or somewhere in Europe or overseas

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

The friends you make along the way is an amazing memory as well as when achieving a step you have been working on or performing on stage. There are lots of memories

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

Camilla something, Svetlana

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

I get lots of good advice I can’t specify one

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

You don’t always have to win

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

Everything!

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

What the teachers expect from you and body image

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”?

Sometimes that occurs but I think of all the hard work that has already gone into it I don’t wanna just quit. I still have a teenage life. Just a little different

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Ooo both

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

No

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

I like to hang out with family and friends and watching Netflix and shop ahha

Q&A With British Ballerina Hannah Martin

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I think I started ballet at 2 or 3, only very basic steps and rhythms but I knew from that moment that dance was going to be a big part of my life

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently in my graduate year of training at the Elmhurst Ballet School

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I bought my first pair of pointe shoes on my 12th birthday 🙈

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

So pointe shoes have been a little bit of a journey for me this year. I was wearing the Cloe Merlet shoes for a long time, but then my teacher suggested that I try a few others to see if they better suited my feet. I tried the Grishko 2007s but I found they were quite loud and very hard. At the moment I’m trialing the Bloch Graces, but I still haven’t decided whether they are the Cinderella slipper for my feet yet

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mother took me to lessons when I was a little girl. She had such an appreciation for the art form being a former dancer herself that I guess it rubbed off on me

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

This is a really hard one, as so many variations come to mind. I love the simplicity and the music of the Dying Swan, whenever I watch it, the mix of emotion and notes of the composition brings tears to my eyes. But contrastingly I also really love the stronger characters in ballet such as Kitri and Esmeralda. When I dance these variations I feel so empowered as a dancer

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

In the crazy times we are in, to land a contract with any company would be a dream come true. I do really love all the British companies and their rich heritages

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

It’s difficult to say what my favourite memory in ballet is when there has been so many. One that comes to mind is the first time I performed as a Principal Dancer with the Southern Youth Ballet in their production of “Pineapple Poll” at age 14. I remember how alive I felt when I performed on stage! It was a revelation to me. That was the moment I realised performing was what I wanted to pursue

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

Again, this question has so many answers, but I love Marianela Nunez and Natalia Osipova. Their strong physiques and beautiful artistic qualities are so inspiring to me as an aspiring professional

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

I am so grateful for all the input each one of my teachers and former rhythmic gymnastics coaches have put into my progression as a dancer and as a person. Perhaps the best advice I have ever received is to just relax. Not in the physical sense as we are athletes we must always work hard, but mentally. Don’t stress out about everything that could go wrong! Think about what could go right. God always has a funny way of working everything out, it’s not always the way you had planned it, but usually it’s something better then you had even imagined

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

I think I would go along similar lines. Don’t be so stressed about the future. The future will take care of itself, just keep your head down and keeping working hard, enjoy every second of the journey!

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

Officially I am not a ballerina yet as that title only goes to the incredible Principal dancers of this earth 🙈. But as a ballet student it is hard to note just one thing that I love about it. Perhaps the performance side is my favourite part. Not only is it exhilarating, it also gives you the chance to display all the hard work you have done behind the scenes

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

The hardest part of being a ballet student is the long and at times tedious hours it takes to work and refine the technique. I love the work and I wouldn’t have it any other way, but there are some days where I am both physically and mentally exhausted and I struggle to push through. Often in these moments is where I find the most strength and grow the most as a dancer

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 really lived what some might say a “normal life”. Being homeschooled till 16 and going through education somewhat unconventionally. Yes, there are sometimes days that I wake up and don’t want to work hours in the studio, but rarely do I think I ever want a “normal life”. I honestly don’t know what I would do with myself 😂. Dance is a part of who I am, and I enjoy the hard work and dedication of it. It is an art form that is so difficult but so incredibly rewarding

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Definitely Classical, I love the definitive, clean finish it gives

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

Luckily I haven’t had any major injuries throughout my training so far. Yes, I may have had a few sprains or pulled muscles here or there, but nothing that has taken me off my feet for more then a couple of weeks

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

When I am not dancing I enjoy creating YouTube videos for my channel, cooking yummy healthy recipes and writing poetry. I also do enjoy Netflix at the end of the day to relax my brain after all the hours of training.

Q&A With American Ballerina Aurora Chinchilla

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 3, but I really committed to it when I was 10

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Boca Ballet Theater @bocaballettheater

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for 4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear @freedoflondon maker shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom put me and my sister in ballet classes when we were little. But I ended up loving it and continued to dance

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

There are so many wonderful variations! My top 3 favorite variations would be Gisselle Act 1, Paquita Etoile, or Satanelia

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My favorite companies I would love to work for would be ABT or Royal Ballet

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

I have so many wonderful memories! My favorite memories are performing and meeting so many professional ballet dancers from many successful companies

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

There are so many inspiring ballerinas that I love! A few of my role models are: @cassieperlt @marianelanunezofficial @frankiegoeshayward @yasmine_naghdi

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

“There is no such thing as perfection, but we can strive to be close to perfect”

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

Don’t compare yourself to others if it makes you forget why you love what you do

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

Being able to express feeling through movement and working hard to be the best

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

Having to miss out on family events and moments with them can be really tough at times for me.

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”?

There were times I doubted myself because I didn’t feel good enough. However, I just remind myself why I started ballet and why I love it and it keeps me going

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutus 100%

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

Thankfully I have not had any serious injuries.😌

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

When I am not dancing I have to do school… but I am almost always outside or at the beach in my free time.