I had the chance recently to ask Sarah D’Angelo some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Sarah is an amazing dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her love for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was 9 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance at The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been en pointe for about 4 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently wear the Russian Pointe Muse pointe shoe
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
A couple of my friends did ballet so I thought I’d give it a try
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation is definitely Aurora Act III
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for Pennsylvania Ballet in the future
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite memory is one that started my love for ballet: After my first ballet class ever at the age of 9, my teacher had asked me if I had taken any ballet classes before that, because she saw a talent in me. I think about it all the time and it boosts my passion!
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My ballet role models are Marianela Núñez and Skylar Brandt.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
One of my teacher gives the best advice, and she recently told us, “Always appreciate the times you have access to in person classes. Work your hardest, because with this pandemic, you never know when that can be taken away from you.”
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
. Advice I would give my younger self is be patient, work hard, and trust that it will pay off!
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
The best thing about being a ballerina is the feeling you get while you’re dancing and working hard. It gives me so much joy to move the way us dancers do
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
The hardest thing about being a ballerina is definitely comparison. I try my hardest not to compare myself to the other dancers but it’s very hard. At the end of the day, everybody is on their own path and everything happens for a reason 🙂
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 have so many days where I want to try to find an easier path, but those days are the ones I need to prove to myself that it is possible for me to do anything I work hard for.
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Classical tutu all the way!
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
I am lucky to not have suffered any serious injuries
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
In my free time I absolutely love to write. It’s one of the only other things besides ballet that I do a lot.