I had the chance recently to ask Klara-Viktoria Solomon some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Klara-Viktoria is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with 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 about 18 months but it wasn’t really true dancing it was more running around the room with ribbons, so I started proper dancing when I was 5
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I am currently training full-time at alegria dance studios
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been on pointe for about 4 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear merlet in the style cloe
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My mum enrolled me into a creative ballet/dance class when I was young
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favourite variation is probably Esmarelda or Black Swan
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I’d love to work for the Netherlands Dance Theatre, Sydney Dance Company, the Royal Ballet or the Paris Opera Ballet
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
I think my favourite would have to be in New York at the Bolshoi Ballet summer intensive. I loved everything about it
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Marianela Nunez, Yasmin Naghdi, Ako Kondo and Fumi Kaneko all inspire me a lot
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
There’s not one thing a teacher has told me that I hold to be the best thing a teacher has said. I think that a teachers gifts come with their corrections and that is one of the most special thing dancers can be told
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Go into the room for yourself, there’s no need to have to feel you need to impress anyone but you
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
Ballet provides me the ability to express my emotions step away from the outside world
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
The hardest thing about being a ballet dancer is the struggles of mental health
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”?
I had multiple times when I was little where I wanted to quit ballet because I just didn’t like it, I thought it was incredibly boring. But of course now I have some days where I think it’s not worth it because I am such a perfectionist and there’s never perfection on ballet
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
I’ve never really suffered from a serious injury. The most severe was probably when I was in a boot for 4 weeks after I fractured my foot earlier this year
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love to hang out with my friends, I think it’s really important especially after being so caught up in dancing it’s necessary to have a social life