Month: November 2020

Q&A With American Ballerina Siera Millaudon

I had the opportunity recently to ask Siera Millaudon some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Siera is a phenomenal dancer, shes takes to the stage with 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 3 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at Kwak Ballet Academy (Las Vegas Ballet Company)

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for about 5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Capezio Ava pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got into ballet because my parents were involved in performing of some sort, and I expressed interest from a young age

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is Esmeralda

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I want to become a circus artist and dancer, and I would love to work with Cirque du Soleil and bring dance and circus together

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

My favorite moment in my ballet life was probably last years Nutcracker, where I performed Sugar Plum with my company

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

My ballet role models are my dance teachers Yoomi Lee and Kyudong Kwak. I also grew up watching Miko Fogarty, and although she has gone on a different career path than ballet, her passion for whatever she does has always inspired me

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

The best advice I’ve ever gotten was from one of my modern teachers, and she said to think of one thing you want to work on for yourself every class, and do it. It allowed me to focus on only myself and it helped me grow

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

I would tell my younger self to focus on her strengths, and that she deserves every opportunity she has gotten

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

The best thing about being a ballerina is the joy I feel when I’m onstage.

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

The hardest thing about being a ballerina is the mental stress. Dance is very competitive and it can be very hard yo not compare yourself to others

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”?

No, I’ve never had a day where I questioned my choice to go into performing. I’ve always known that I’d never be happy any other way, and although there are so many struggles, the thing that has kept me going is the fact that I know what I want. I know that I love performing, and I will do anything to get to where I want to be

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classic tutu

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

I have had Sever’s Condition since I was about 8 years old, and it caused me to quit gymnastics because the pain was too bad. For certain periods of time throughout the past 6 years, I’ve been sitting out during jumps in class. There are some days where it hurts to walk, but there is no way to fix the condition. You simply have to grow out of it. I also tore my hip flexor a few years ago, and I recently discovered that I have scar tissue in both of my knees

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

When I’m not dancing, I’m usually doing circus, which is my other main passion. I also love to paint and make jewelry

Q&A With American Ballerina Landrie Adams

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dance when I was three but got super serious when I was 7 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I’m currently with Boston Ballet School and also Samantha Shelton BTP

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for about 8 years now. Started when I eight years old currently 15

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Bloch Heritage pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My sister started and my mum put me in it cause I also had so much energy. Then I feel in love with it

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I love Gamzatti from la bayadere

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Boston, San Francisco, Hubbard street, lines ballet, Ballet West, ABT. The list is endless

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

One of my solos I got to do was to dance for my uncle who was very sick at the time and it will forever be the greatest moment seeing him smile. Unfortunately he’s no longer with us he’s still watching over me

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

Katie Boren. She’s absolutely incredible. She is and does everything that I want to be when I’m older

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

Being a very technical dancer can only bring you so far. It’s what you feel and do with your gift that changes everything

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

Even when life gets a little rough keep fighting and doing what you love. Don’t be to hard on yourself, it’s the journey

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

Being able to inspire others and just doing what I love everyday

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

Missing out of other things. It’s a huge commitment and sometimes it’s hard to miss out on things

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 we all hit a point where we think that but I love what I do. I never wanna take anything else I would never want to do anything else

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Both!!

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

I had two stress fractures in my shin. The worst pain I have ever felt in my life. But I had the support of my family and my friends that got me through it

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

I LOVE singing and hanging with friends and family and boxing😊

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Lucinda Mann

I recently had the opportunity to ask Lucinda Mann some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Lucinda 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 dance at roughly age 7 and ballet age 9

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Currently I dance at VCASS

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for 5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Bloch aspiration

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I loved dancing around my living room when I was younger so my parents put me in dance. I started with more musical theatre before transitioning and finding my love for ballet

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have a soft spot for Esmerelda but I also love gamzatti

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to be in ENB or San Francisco, even Houston/ABT or NYCB

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

When I won Maybel Pryde at BTW, I just felt like all my hard work had been rewarded!

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

Darcy Bussel, Lucinda Dunn and Margot Fonteyn all inspire me

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

To take your failures as learning successes

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

Keep at It! and never compare yourself to others

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

Always having something to work for and improve on.. and of course performing is amazing

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

Motivation, always finding something to keep you going when things feel mundane

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 think its important to think of your future and also find a good dance and social life balance. Its ok to be a normal teen sometimes!!

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Can I pick both!?

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

I haven’t as of yet! I have had some minor injuries.. The worst I’ve had is an impingement in my ankle and a stress reaction in my foot also.

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

Spending time with my friends! going on brunch dates and SHOPPING !!!!

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Cassie Pace

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

Started ballet at the age of 3

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Ablaze Dance Academy

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

For around 5 years now

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Gaynor Minden

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Before I could walk I always had an interest so my mum enrolled me at the very young age of 3

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Esmeralda

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Would love to work with Sydney Dance Company doing Contemporary

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

Always when I’m with my friends and working with my amazing teachers

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

Autumn Miller, Misty Copeland

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

‘No one’s perfect’

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

Believe in yourself because you’ve got this

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

Learning new steps which allows me to always be challenging myself

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

Not giving up and persisting continuously

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%! As I’m currently completing the HSC, there has been many difficulties when trying to prioritise school as well as dance and even till this day there’s always the question of ‘will I ever make it?’

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

Torn a ligament in my foot is probably the most serious

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

I work between two casual jobs, in addition to studying for the HSC. Otherwise simply catching up with friends