I had the chance recently to ask Tess Zahner some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Tess is a fantastic dancer, 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 years old and have loved it ever since
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance at Queensland National Ballet School
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?
The pointe shoes I currently wear are Grishko Nova’s
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My mum took me to Bondi pavilion when I was 3 to little fairy’s
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favourite variation is Generosity (breadcrumb) fairy from sleeping beauty
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for the Australian Ballet company or English National Ballet
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favourite memory/moment in ballet was when I got giving the opportunity to play John in a performance of Peter Pan
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Dancers that inspire me are Misty Copeland, Marianela Nunez and Maria Khoreva
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I have ever received from a teacher was to always give 110% in everything you do.
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
The advise I would give to my younger self is to never give up, always try your best and stay try to yourself
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
The best thing about being a ballerina is being about to express your through movement
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Probably the hardest thing about ballerina is to not compare yourself you others and to remember that we are all individual with different talents.
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”?
You have good days and bad days some are worse then others, but ballet is my passion and I would not change it for the world
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
I have not suffered any serious injury during my journey so far
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I enjoy hanging out with friends, taking my dog for long walks and cooking.