I had the chance recently to ask Ariel Daley some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Ariel is an excellent dancer. She takes to the stage with poise and grace. Her love for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
Five years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
Accademia Teatro Alla Scala (La Scala Ballet School)
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My mom put me in ballet classes so that I would develop good posture and flexibility
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
That I’ve danced so far: Awakening of Flora, In general: variation from the Tchaikovsky Pas de duex
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
There are too many amazing companies to choose just one
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Prix de Lausanne for sure!
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Alina Cojocaru, Skylar Brandt, Maria Khoreva, May Nagahisa
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Sorry can’t think of any
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Hard work pays off – don’t give up!!
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
Dancing on stage
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
The intensity of the training
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”?
Around this time last year I was really considering giving up my dream, it just seemed unrealistic at the time. But I am very glad that I kept going
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
Luckily I haven’t yet! Knock on wood!
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
In my free time I guess I’d say I am basically a normal teenager – I watch tiktoks, I love shopping, I love hanging out with my friends, and I looooveee eating ❤️❤️