I had the opportunity recently to ask Taliya Bennett some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Taliya is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with incredible elegance and poise. Her love for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet at 6 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance in Sydney, Australia at classical ballet 121
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I started pointe at 11 and am now 16 so about 5 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently wear energetics pointe shoes, (otherwise known as Russian pointes)
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
Some of my friends were taking classes and I really wanted to as well, I was a very quiet and shy child so I loved ballet because I didn’t have to speak to anyone and just focus on doing everything correctly
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favourite variation would have to be either sugar plum fairy or Raymonda
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for Staataballett Berlin, English National Ballet or the Royal Ballet
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
One of my favourite memories was learning the sugar plum fairy 3 weeks before performing and getting on stage doing my absolute best
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My first ballet role model was Benedict Bemet from the Australian ballet, I remember going to watch them perform and being so mesmerised by her face and how she presented herself
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
That not all of dancing is about how well you perform physically and that so much of it is your mental state
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Not to worry about what other people think of you, to come out of my shell and just dance because I love it
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
I love how challenging ballet is, that you could have always done something better and that how much you improve is a direct reflection on how hard you have worked
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Not getting caught up in worrying about the future, being a perfectionist can also sometimes be challenging as you never feel that you did something well enough
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, sure it does get hard sometimes but I wouldn’t want to do anything else
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
I love both but romantic tutus look beautiful when they move around with your body
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
I am actually recovering from an injury right now, the muscles around my shins are very inflamed and I do have a little bone stress down the front of my shins
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love to go for bush walks, go swimming or listen to music…I probably spend most of my free time on Spotify.