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Q&A With American Ballerina Kennedy Carr

I recently had the chance to ask Kennedy Carr some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Kennedy is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and grace. Her passion and love for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing when I was 2 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently training at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe since I was 9

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Grishko 2007

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom put me in dance

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variations are any from Swan Lake but there are so many that I love

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, or American Ballet Theatre

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

My favorite ballet memories are whenever I’m in class or on stage and I am in my own world and get so into the movement or when I feel so suspended in a turn or stay on balance.

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

Every dancer I see inspires me to work harder and reach for my dreams. There are so many dancers from so many companies that I see that amaze me inspire me so much

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

So many teachers have helped me see how much I love ballet and given speeches that inspire me to keep pushing. I can’t recall an exact moment but so many amazing teachers I’ve had have taught me to just do what I love and feel the music and movement.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

That’s a tough one. I love both tutus so much but I would love to dance in a romantic tutu and see it flow with the movement.

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

I love to watch Netflix, read, listen to music, spend time with my family and friends and puppy, ice my feet, eat, and sleep.

Q&A With American Ballerina Caroline Anderson

I had the opportunity to ask Caroline Anderson some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Caroline is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance, her passion and dedication for ballet is excellent. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I began dancing at age 3.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently am a trainee with Ballet Theatre of Maryland.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 8 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Gaynor Minden pointe shoes.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My first desire to begin ballet was when I was two years old and I watched the film Barbie Swan Princess. I told my mother that I wanted to take ballet. She told me that I would have to wait until the following year because the local studio did not accept students until they were 3. My mother figured I would forget all about it! But when I turned three I told her again and she signed me up for classes.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is Aurora Act 1.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to be on Broadway in a ballet heavy show like Phantom, Anastasia, American in Paris, Cats, etc.!!! Or really any show!! 🙂

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

My favorite memory of ballet so far has been my performance as Snow Queen in the Nutcracker. I felt very accomplished after my performance because I knew I had worked so hard for the role!

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

My ballet role models are Claire Calvert, Beckanne Sisk, and Isabella Boylston.

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

The best advice I have ever received from a teacher was to never compare yourself to others. If you focus on yourself you will advance much faster and feel much better about your dancing and yourself!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I prefer romantic tutus.

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

When I’m not dancing I like to watch movies (especially musicals!), go swimming, and I like to spend time with my family and friends.

Q&A With New Zealand Ballerina Amelia Chandulal-Mackay

I recently had the joy of asking Amelia Chandulal-Mackay some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Amelia is an outstanding dancer, she graces the stage with phenomenal poise and grace, her passion and dedication to ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 5, but not seriously until I was about 12. My Mum (who’s a ballet teacher but didn’t have her own studio at that point) started teaching me- at home actually!

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I spent the last year in the scholarship program at Ailey in New York City, and will be joining Oklahoma City Ballet Studio Company in September!

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started pointe work when I was 11 or 12 so about 10 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Gaynor Minden custom shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My Mum put my Brother and I into classes when we were little because she was a ballet teacher herself 🙂

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is anything from Giselle- I love that ballet! Especially the music ❤

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I loved my time in Oklahoma so a full contract eventually would be amazing! But I am open to anything really, I just want to dance, and getting a job anywhere is getting harder and harder..

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

I don’t really have one specific moment or memory- there are so many things I love about what I do. It’s the little things that mean a lot to me. Doing combinations that I am proud of. A performance that goes really well, making a teacher or my family happy & proud..things like that 🙂

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

If you know me well you’d know that I am obsessed with Natalia Osipova! I think she is one of the most fearless and artistic dancers and my biggest inspiration. In class or performance I often try and imagine I’m her, and ask myself how she would approach the step, and usually it makes me dance so much better! Her jump is also incredible. I love jumping and she inspires me to keep pushing myself for more elevation and use of space

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

Best advice I’ve ever received is such a hard question as I’ve received so much amazing advice over the years! But I’ve been told to approach your work methodically, that technique is physics, and when something isn’t working there’s no point repeating it over and over. You need to stop and figure out why it’s not working, make an adjustment and then keep trying until you fix it. Also that there needs to be intention behind every little thing  you do, as that’s how your movement has quality and texture

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic tutu as I don’t have long, hyper extended legs!

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

I love to write, especially about mental health. I also like to go to the gym, watch Netflix and spend time with my friends 🙂

Q&A With American Ballerina Audrey Sullivan

I had the chance recently to ask Audrey Sullivan some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Audrey is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with presence and grace. Her passion and love for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 3

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Ballet Etudes (AZ)

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for four 1/2 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Bloch Hannah

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My parents put me a ballet because I kept dancing in the kitchen

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Lilac fairy or grande pa classié

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

ABT 😍😍😍😍😍😍

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

When my teachers at Ballet Etudes told me that I could do half advanced

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

Misty Copland & Maddy Penny

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

Don’t judge yourself to other people

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

I love to hangout with my family, friends and and pet pig

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Georgia Waite

I recently had the chance to ask Georgia Waite some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Georiga is an incredible dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and elegance, her passion and dedication to ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 5 I started ballet

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

The Australian ballet school

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for 5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

At the moment I am wearing Bloch Axiom

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mum decided me to put me in a ballet class and that’s how it all started

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

This is tough one but I love the variation Grand pas classique

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to dance with the Australian Ballet company or the Royal Ballet Company

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

It was attending summer intensives in Europe. I love meeting new friends and amazing teachers from around the world. It was also being accepted into the Australian ballet school where I train at the moment

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

Marianela Nunez and Natalia Osipova inspire me. They are incredible ballet dancers

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

Making a mistake gives an opportunity to improve and do it better

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I prefer a Tutu 💌

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

I love to spend time with my friends

Q&A With American Ballerina Isabelle Lapierre

I recently had the opportunity to ask Isabelle Lapierre some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Isabelle is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace, her passion and love for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing when I was two, but I started training more formal at the age of 7.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at the BalletMet Dance Academy in Columbus, Ohio

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe since I was ten, so four years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Freed Studios, but I am still searching for the perfect shoe!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Instead of watching Teletubbies or baby shows like that, my mom would play DVD’s of all the great ballets, starring dancers like Mikhail Baryshnikov and Margot Fonteyn. I would get up and dance and run around en pointe! My mom knew she had to put me in a class!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have so many favorites! I especially love Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux variation and the Medora variation from Le Corsaire.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

As different as they are- I have always loved the works and the dancers of The Royal Ballet and New York City Ballet.

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

When Mr. Edward Liang gave me the opportunity to dance as the “White Cat” in his world premiere of The Sleeping Beauty was a moment I will never forget. It was such an amazing experience to be the only child to dance a role in the third act and have him trust me with the responsibility of a role traditionally danced by a company member.

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

Tiler Peck. Hands down. Live, she is one of the most bright and spectacular dancers. Her talent shakes me to the core.

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

A teacher once told me before I went on stage, “Let go, and dance.” and it has stuck with me ever since.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical.

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

When am I not dancing?! Honestly… I love to do makeup, shop, and hang out with my friends! I am a total girly girl!

Q&A With New Zealand Ballerina Jadyn Bagayas

I had the opportunity recently to ask Jadyn Bagayas some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Jadyn is an excellent dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance, her passion and dedication for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 3

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Philippa Campbell School of Ballet, Auckland, New Zealand

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

7 or 8 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Bloch Heritage, Energetiks Almaz or Bloch Eurostretch.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My Mumm signed me up haha.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Kitri act 1, Kitri’s wedding, Swanhilda’s entrance (there are so many I love)

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

ABT or New York City Ballet

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

I love just dancing on stage especially with all my friends! but getting accepted into the bolshoi ballet academy summer intensive was huge for me.

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

Misty Copeland, Dusty Button, Misa Kuranaga, Isabella Boylston, Evgenia Obratsova and Stella Abrera.

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

My teacher always tells us that: the teacher is there to support, help you and tell you what to do but it is only you who can work hard in order to improve and be the best dancer you can be.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I’ve worn more classical tutu’s but I definitely love romantic more

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

I love music so I like to sing, write songs, listen to music. I also loooove musicals! I like to write, read and bullet journal too. oh and eat haha

Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Gracie Smith

I recently had the chance to ask Gracie Smith some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Gracie is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with excellent poise and grace, her passion and love for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was almost 2.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I will be dancing at I.D.A this season. Ballet school.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

4 years en pointe.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear 3 brands, Gaynors, Russians, Freeds

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

When I was a baby any time music started I would stop what I was doing and move to the music so my mom put me in dance just before I turned 2 years old.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Swan Lake – Odette Variation

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

The Royal Ballet in London

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

I have many but one of the most fave memories is after dancing my first variation solo recieving a high score and judge’s award.

Q9: Who are your balle troles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Dusty Button, Margot Fonteyn, my teachers also really inspire me.

 

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

Stay true to yourself, dance for you.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love both but romantic tutus are so beautiful!

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

I am learning to be make-up artist. I love to sketch, I like to design costume, I love photography and have started learning yoga so I can become a yoga instructor later.

Q&A With American Ballerina Claire Crossman

I recently had the chance to ask Claire Crossman some questions about her incredible journeyas a ballerina. Claire is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace. Her passion and dedication to ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dance classes when I was 3 but didn’t start to focus on ballet until I was 5

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at International Ballet School in Colorado

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started pointe when I was 8 years old.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Russian Pointe Sapphires and I love them! I have also worn Grishko 2007, Grishko Fouettés, and Gaynor Mindens.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom put me in dance classes when I was a kid because that’s what every 3 year old does. It was when I moved to International Ballet School when I was 5 that it wasn’t just dance class for me anymore. it was my passion

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation in is Medora’s variation from act 2 of Le Corsaire

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Bolshoi Ballet

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

My favorite memory is when I used to take classes with my older sister. I looked up to her so much and she inspired me to work hard everyday.

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

Natalia Osipova is my favorite ballerina and she inspires me. Her artistry is what sets her apart and I think that’s super important

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

Be the smartest person in the room. No one wants to work with someone who isn’t on the ball

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

Ballet is my whole life, but when i find the time, I love to hike and travel. I also play the violin and I love to ski.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Jasmine Henry

I recently had the chance to ask Jasmine Henry some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Jasmine is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance, her passion and dedication for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing at 4 years old, but began full time ballet training at 12.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance full time at Pevnev Ballet Academy.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been dancing en pointe for 5 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Bloch Synergy pointe shoes!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My parents put me into dance classes very young because I loved moving around to music! I started doing all different types of dance (acro, tap, modern ect.) and as I got older I developed a love for classical ballet.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is the Dying Swan because of the connection between the dancer and the music, it is heartbreaking to watch and perform.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would work with any company, as long as I am dancing 🙂 I would love to dance with a Russian company such as Mariinsky or Bolshoi theatre.

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

My favourite memory from ballet was being accepted into the Vaganova Ballet academy this May! It had been my dream since I was 12! Another of my favourite moments in Ballet was when I was given the opportunity to perform the lead role of Giselle in the production of Giselle at the quarry amphitheatre in Perth. Act 2 has beautiful music and is very emotional 🙂

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

My role models in ballet are Natalia Osipova, Evgenia Obraztsova and Diana Vishneva!

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

The best advise I have ever received in Ballet is to be free when you are dancing, don’t let your thoughts trap the movement!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu!

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

I love to hang out with my family and cook!