Category: Ballet

Q&A With American Ballerina Amanda Rose Hall

I recently had the opportunity to ask Amanda Rose Hall some questions about her fantastic journey as a ballerina. Amanda is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with pure joy and incredible poise and elegance, her dedication to ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when i was three years old but it was just for fun. i went to my first competition at 10 and placed 5th place, so after that my parents started to take dance seriously and put me in privates and all that good stuff!

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at Pembroke ballet! my very own coach is my mom, gypsy hall

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

For a lot of people starting pointe young is frowned upon, but i started pointe when i was 6. ofc i wasn’t doing anything too serious, just a couple of pre-pointe classes. my feet are perfectly fine and I’ve never had a chronic injury!!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Gaynors!! I love them

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Well, my mom was a professional ballerina in Cuba. she opened her own studio and I remember I just fell in love with the older girls dancing and I would also see my mom perform here and there and I just couldn’t stop dancing!! I remember I used to steal her pointe shoes, that’s why she got me my own pair so young, so I wouldn’t get hurt at home

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

That’s a hard question!! right now my favorites are black swan, pas de esclave variation, and kitri 1st act

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company ever since I was a little girl was the royal ballet. but as I grow up… it’s sooo far away and my whole family is here in Florida, so I think I want to stay in the US. my favorite companies are San Francisco, Boston, ABT, and Houston ballet

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

My favorite memory/ moment has to be getting my first pair of pointe shoes.

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

My ballet role model is my mom!!! she made it to become an amazing ballerina so I want to follow her footsteps! another idol of mine has to be marianela nunez

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

Best advice has to be that you’re biggest competition is yourself. so, work harder everyday trying to improve the dancer you were yesterday

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Definitely classical tutus

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

My free time I spend either sleeping (I go to regular school and then I go straight to dance and come home really late) or just hanging out with friends!

Q&A With American Ballerina Sofia Lutman

I recently had the pleasure of asking one of my favourite dancers on Instagram Sofia Lutman some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Sofia is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with presence, poise and elegance, her dedication to ballet is unmatched and this passion for ballet is evident from the joy on her face when she dances, this joy is infectious. Sofia is also an incredibly kind and thoughtful woman. There is no doubt Sofia will reach her goals and go on to inspire other dancers around the world.

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Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 10 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I train at the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been dancing en pointe for 3.5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Gaynor Minden pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got involved in ballet when I was starting to love it more than competition dance

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is Odalisque (third variation) and Black Swan (pas de duex variation)

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I don’t have a particular company I would love to dance with but I am interested in companies with a diverse contemporary and ballet repertoire and a company that travels

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

My favorite memory in ballet is when I performed as Clara in the Nutcracker

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

My ballet role models are Isabella Boylston, Adiarys Almeida, and Sophie Miklosovic. They inspire me everyday with their dancing and words of wisdom

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

To date, the best advice I have received related to my desire to pursue dance as a profession is to work hard and smart, never  give up on myself, my passion to dance and my dreams. My parents also provide me with the most solid, truthful & helpful advice.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

When I am not dancing, I am stretching/working out. I also love to travel, cook and bake

Q&A With British Ballerina Beth Mihai

Recently I had the opportunity to ask British dancer Beth Mihai some questions in regard to her journey as a ballerina, She is a wonderful dancer, incredibly dedicated to ballet and an elegant and beautiful dancer on stage. Below are her responses

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I first started ballet when I was 7 years old. I knew I wanted to do dance as a career when I was approximately 11.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I’m currently in the middle of switching studios. My old dance school was Rollo Academy of Performing Arts.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for 2 and a half years and have enjoyed it ever since I first started!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I am currently on my third pair of pointe shoes, the brand being Blochs Amelie’s. Although, my preferred choice is Grishko 2007’s which were my previous pointe shoes.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet/dance by my best friend in school. She had told my about dancing and even taught me a few of her dances. I absolutely loved it and decided to join her studio. That’s when my love for dance sprouted!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

That’s a very hard question! I love so many but a few of my absolute favourites are the Kitri Variation, the Cupid variation and the bluebird variation!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

That’s also a hard one! Obviously being a UK dancer, the Royal Ballet is every dancers dream but there are many others I would really enjoy working for such as: Birmingham Royal Ballet, Ballet Theatre UK, English National Ballet and so many others. As long as I’m dancing, doing what I love, I don’t really mind where I do it!

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

I have many amazing memories from my dance experience so far. Some of them include: Getting chosen to be a part of English Youth Ballet twice and getting chosen to dance for the scholarship, getting a distinction in my RAD Intermediate Foundation exam, another big achievement for me was getting into the final stage of the Angel Dancewear ambassador search, which is my dream! I have so many other amazing memories with friends as well that there’s too many to list!

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

So many dancers inspire me! A few of them include: Caitlin Barker (the owner of Angel Dancewear), she always has perfect technique and is so versatile! She is such a lovely girl and just an amazing person in general. Serena McCall is also another incredible dancer! Every dancer that tries their best and puts everything into their dancing is an inspiration to me, there’s nothing more inspiring than someone that works so hard to reach goals and strive for success!

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

One piece of advice that has always stuck in my head is to imagine a ballet exam, performance or audition as a regular ballet/Dance class. Just think of it as a way in which you can perfect even more technique and really just show off your ability, not that your being watched or even about perfection. Just make sure you have fun and dance in your own way!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Ooh, I absolutely love both. A classical tutu to really embrace the original style of ballet and to feel absolutely glamorous and graceful. However, a Romantic tutu is also fabulous to flow and follow your movement. I can’t pick, they’re both so stunning!

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

When I’m not dancing (which is not a lot) I love to keep up with my photography skills. I absolutely love photography, especially with nature and dance. I’m very creative and have quite an artistic eye for what would make the perfect shot. I also love photoshoots (mainly Dance ones so I don’t know if that counts haha). I love being in front of the camera as well as behind. Photoshoots are so fun and allow me to come up with some creative poses which I love to do!

Q&A With American Ballerina Olivia Berhmann

I recently had the joy of asking the phenomenal Olivia Berhmann some questions about her journey as a ballerina. She is an incredible dancer, Olivia graces the stage with poise, elegance and beauty. Her dedication to ballet is unmatched and this is seen though her presence on stage. Without a doubt Olivia will be inspiring the next generation of ballerinas soon. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing when I was 7, but I didn’t really focus on ballet until I was 12

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently with Boston Ballet II

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for around 7 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Freeds: DV 2.5 size 6X. L and Triangle are my favorite makers

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

There was a dance studio across the street from where I did gymnastics, so I decided to take a ballet class one day just to try it out

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

It’s so hard to just choose one! Out of the ones I’ve performed, I would say Gamzatti and Wedding Paquita are my favorites. I also love Diana & Acteon, but I’ve never done that one

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I work for Boston Ballet, and I absolutely love it here! Aside from BB, Royal Ballet is my dream company

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

I don’t have a favorite memory, but I love performing and being on stage. One of my most memorable moments was probably when I got my job here at Boston Ballet. I had no words to express how excited and grateful I was

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Marianela Nunez is my idol. Along with her near perfection technique & incredible artistry, she is one of the sweetest, most humble people I’ve met (meeting her was a dream come true!)

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

The best advice I’ve received from a teacher is to never give up. Everyone has good & bad days. Ballet can be frustrating, but it is all worth it in the end. It’s important to push yourself even when you don’t feel like it. There’s always someone out there working harder than you

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love both classical and romantic tutus, but I’d have to say classical tutus are my favorite

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

I don’t have too much free time, but I love going on walks, listening to music, and shopping of course!

Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Erin Doherty

I had the pleasure of asking Canadian ballerina Erin Doherty some questions about her journey as a ballerina. She is a wonderful dancer who is incredibly dedicated to ballet. She exudes passion for ballet and this is evident every time she is on stage or in the studio training. Below are her responses

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started when I was five but didn’t get serious about it until I was around 14 or 15.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance with Ballet Victoria.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe since I was 12, 9 years!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Grishko novas and have worn them for about a year and a half. I have worn Grishkos for 3 and a half years.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved with ballet when my mom put me into classes after doing some creative movement classes with my school and noticing my sense of rhythm and coordination.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variations are Satanella and Aurora act 1 and 2.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company is the National Ballet of Canada.

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

One of my favourite moments in ballet would have to be after a successful performance this past fall and getting a standing ovation from a full audience and standing on stage and soaking it all in. It was so gratifying!

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Dancers that inspire me are Alina Somova, Elena Lobsonova, Isabella Boylston and Jurgita Dronina.

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

The best advice I’ve received from a teacher is that ballet is as hard or even harder sometimes mentally than physically so taking care of your mind and letting it relax and soak up information in a time of rest is very important to be able to perform successfully.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu.

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

When I’m not dancing in my free time I love to bake, cook, go shopping, interior decorate, and explore Vancouver island!

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Taihla Kyrwood

I had the pleasure of asking Taihla Kyrwood some questions about her journey as a ballerina recently. She is phenomenal dancer who graces the stage with pure elegance and poise while radiating immense joy and happiness while on stage. The dedication and passion for ballet Taihla has is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet in 2012 when I was 10 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at National College of Dance in Newcastle

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe since I was 12 years old.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Energetics, grande

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I had started out ballet just for fun but after my first ballet teacher took me to a competition one year I fell in love with it and ended up taking it seriously.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is Don Quixote Act 3 kitri.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to dance for Stuttgart.

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

My favourite memory so far is receiving a scholarship to the Harid Conservatory summer school which is where I am going in a few weeks.

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

My biggest ballet role model is Iana Salenko.

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

The best advice I have received from a teacher is to take one step at a time and not overwhelm myself with all these things I feel I have to fix, to work on them one at a time.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic tutu.

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

When I’m not dancing I enjoy reading, jogging and playing video games.

Q&A With American Ballerina Morgan Ruis

I recently had the opportunity to ask Morgan Ruis some questions about her journey as a ballerina. She is an amazing dancer who is incredibly dedicated and has a strong passion for ballet. Morgan is also an incredibly kind and thoughtful person who has immense joy when dancing which is infectious. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at the age of 3.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I have been en pointe for 8 years.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have a few pairs of pointe shoes. I wear freed and Bloch. I have to wear strong support shoes.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

My mom signed me up when I was 3 and at first I did not like it. As I grew older I loved going and now it is my whole life!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I really like sugar plum fairy from nutcracker and bluebird from sleeping beauty.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I really like sugar plum fairy from nutcracker and bluebird from sleeping beauty.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I have always wanted to move to California, and I would be interested in the Los Angeles ballet 😊

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

My favorite memories are being in the wings before a performance. I love being able to watch other dancers to keep my mind of being nervous. Being in a costume and being backstage brings me so much joy, but not as much joy as dancing on the stage does.

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

I have always loved Misty Copeland (but who doesn’t). I love that she defies stereotypes in ballet. I also really love Kylie Shea. She makes great videos that she calls “pointe chronicles”. I love her creativity in her videos.

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

Growing up my teachers would always tell me to just have fun on stage. They would always tell me before a competition to just have fun on stage. I was raised to not worry about awards but to just enjoy myself.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love classical tutus 😊

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

I am a college student majoring in marine biology and zoology! I help on campus with animals that we keep in our marine lab. I also love to paint.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Immy S

I had the opportunity to ask Immy S some questions about her progress as a ballerina. She’s a dedicated dancer who had an incredibly strong passion for ballet. Below are her answers

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was two

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Queensland national ballet school full time

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

1-2 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Grishko 2007 s Medium strength

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mum took me and my sister to ballet class and loved it ever since

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Blue bird

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Paris opera ballet school

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

Me and my sister were puppets in Peter Pan when she was 3 and I was 2 and I made this face were I got angry and fell on the ground

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Svetlana Zakharova and Lucinda Dunn

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

Be who you are an no one else

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic tutu

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

Going to the beach with friends, shopping and gymnastics

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Q&A With American Ballerina Nicolette Rubel

I had the chance to ask Nicolette Rubel some questions about her journey as a ballerina. She is a fantastic dancer who is incredibly dedicated to ballet. Below are her answers.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started when I was 7.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

New Jersey Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

8 years en pointe.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Bloch euro-stretch.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mother signed me up.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

La bayadre nikiya death.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

New York City Ballet.

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

Performing the waltz of the flowers and seeing one of my students just enjoying themselves at the show.

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Tiler Peck.

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

Only about yourself. You are on your journey at your own pace.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu.

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

Going to Dave and Busters

Q&A With American Ballerina Sarah Blake

I had the great pleasure of being able to ask Sarah Blake some questions about her time as a ballerina. She is a wonderful dancer, incredibly dedicated to ballet and an incredibly nice person. Her love and passion for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her answers.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started when I was 3

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance with New Jersey Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en point for 7 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Bloch European balance

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I was very shy and I have two younger siblings so my mom had to put me in something so I would get detached from her. According to her the day of my first ballet class I walked in without saying goodbye to her which was odd for me to do which makes me think that I knew right away that I would want to dance for the rest of my life

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

La Esmeralda

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream is to dance with New York City Ballet…but that would never happen

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

When it was my second year at njb and my teacher who I had both years forgot my name and called me Susan! I did something right in a combo and he goes yes Susan (there is no Susan in my class)

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Tiler Peck, Sara Mearns, Megan Fairchild, among many company dancers at NJB

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

I’ve have improved a lot since the last time that specific teacher taught and continued to tell me to never give up that I will keep on improving!!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

I am very involved with helping people! I am going to college for dance therapy which I will be able to combine two of my loves!!! I want to do that when I’m done with my career as a professional dancer (if that ever happens)