Q&A With Australian Ballerina Matia Ingrey

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.

Categories: Ballet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.