I had the chance recently to ask Dru Oetjen some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Dru is an excellent dancer, she takes to the stage with poise and grace. Her love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started dancing 10 years ago when I was 3 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I dance at Orlando Ballet School
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been on pointe for about 3 1/2 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I’m currently wearing Freed studio pro
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My big sister started Ballet and as I watched her dance I started to fall in love with Ballet
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I don’t have a favorite but one of my favorites is Medora
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work with Pacific Northwest Ballet
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite moment in Ballet is just being onstage dancing
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My favorite dancers are @avaarbuckle @remiegoins and many more!
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I have received from a teacher is to not care what anybody thinks just to dance with your heart
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Advice to give my younger self is to really take advantage of your teachers corrections, advice, etc
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
The best thing about being a ballerina is the beautiful costumes, and dancing with your friends
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Consistency with in classes for me and also blisters big time😂
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 about it all the time but I just have to realize why I love Ballet and why I started
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Classical tutu for sure but romantic tutus are so beautiful
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
I have never suffered a serious injury yet and I’m very lucky
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love running, going in the pool and would also love to try modeling.💖