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Q&A With American Ballerina Dru Oetjen

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.💖

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