I had the opportunity recently to ask Matia Ingrey some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Matia 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 at age 5
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance at The National College of Dance in Newcastle, Australia
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
Approximately 2 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I’m currently wearing Energetiks and Grishko’s
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I actually started playing golf but apparently I danced all over the golf course so I began ballet!
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favourite variation is Queen of the dryads
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I’m not certain yet, I’m working with my teachers to find the best fit for me
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
I have a few special moments, winning the Joan and Monica Halliday RAD Award and the Australian Institute of Classical Dance Award. Also, I was thrilled to be accepted into the Australian Ballet and Queensland Ballet student training programs
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Evgenia Obraztsova and also Katherina Markowskaja and Maxim Chashchegorov.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
That every time I dance, even when practicing I need to imagine I’m performing for Royalty
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Attend as many workshops and training opportunities as you can to deepen your knowledge of dance. And most importantly, believe in yourself!
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
When the stage lights hit you it feels like magic! Ohhh and wearing stunning costumes, tutus and tiaras!!!
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
The forever quest for perfection and doubting your ability
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, however I can’t imagine my life without ballet, so this is my journey.
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
I love both but if I had to choose …. Classical
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
No, I work hard on keeping strong to prevent injuries
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
Spend time with my friends, watch movies and swimming.