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Q&A With American Ballerina Lindsey Belsky

I had the opportunity recently to ask Lindsey Belsky some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Lindsey is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her passion and love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 2 years old!

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

California dance theatre!

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

3.5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Freed classic

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom started me in mommy and me ballet class and I loved it! I constantly wanted to be front and center haha! She knew it was for me!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Flames of Paris!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I am so open to many companies and to see where god takes me, but Royal ballet, English National, Paris Oprea, ABT, and Miami city ballet are all amazing!

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

Yes! When I was a gingerbread cookie in the nutcracker and jumped out from under the giant skirt and saw my parents directly front and center in the audience! The entire time I could not keep my eyes off of them and loved seeing them front and center, I was not expecting that haha!

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

Misty Copland, Tiler Peck, Ariana Dewing, Natalia Osipova, Petra Conti , Kathryn Morgan, Lucia Licara, and so many more!

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

Don’t let other girls tell you what you should or should not do and let them dictate your journey. Don’t let anybody else intimidate you because my hard work and passion will take me far and other girls that are not kind to me will only bring me down❤️

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical!

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

Thinking about this question makes me realize how little free time I have Lol! I absolutely LOVE yoga, pilates, swimming, going to the beach with my family, watching movies, spending quality time with my family, attempting to play soccer with my amazing soccer playing sister, but MOST OF ALL cooking and baking delicious vegan meals! I love experimenting in the kitchen and showing people how delicious veganism is! I am very passionate about it!

 

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Chelsea Marriott

I recently had the opportunity to ask Chelsea Marriott some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Chelsea is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace, her passion and dedication for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started Ballet 3 years ago

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at Rogerson Elite Classical Training

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 2 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Repetto La Carlotta

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I was going to a jazz school and decided I wanted to improve my ballet, then I just fell in love and moved to Rogerson Elite Classical Training

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Probably Aurora Act 3 or Kitri act 1 and 3

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Royal Ballet

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

Yes, my favourite memory was when I started full-time… I started with my best friend and then 2 years later here I am

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

Darcy Bussel and Sara Andrlon

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

To pick which criticism goes in one ear and out the other and keep the constructive criticism that will help me to improve

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical Tutu

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

Well I also love horses so in my free time I love doing school work and spending time with my horse

Q&A With American Ballerina Mary Agnes Sistino

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was about three, but I actually started training when i was 7.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at Hinsdale Dance Academy

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for over a year now

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear gaynor minden pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved with ballet when my older sister was taking ballet classes, and I just fell in love watching it so I begged my mom to put me in class

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite varation is the lilac fairy from sleeping beauty

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for Atlanta Ballet

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

One of my favorite earlier memories in ballet was when I was younger my sister and I would dance to the nutcracker for our parents ever Christmas. Also when I got my first pair of pointe shoes.

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

Misty Copeland inspires me also Shelby Willams because  they both embrace their differences and how ballet requires hard work

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

The best advice I received from a teacher was to work hard. He said that that simple statement could take me really far not only in ballet but in life.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Definitely classic tutus!

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

When I’m not dancing I’m usually spending time with family or friends, but other activities I do is like to do yoga,tennis and I love to run.

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Q&A With New Zealand Ballerina Sophie-Kate Groen

I recently ahd the chance to ask Sophie-Kate Groen some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Sophie-Kate is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace, her dedication and passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet was I was 3

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Mt Eden Ballet Academy

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for almost 3 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear European balance pointe shoes and LOVE them!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I started ballet because I loved watching my older sister doing it and wanted to be just like her

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is Kitri act 1 which I am so happy to be dancing now

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would LOVE to work for The American Ballet Theatre!

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

My favourite moment is anytime I am on stage!

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

The dancer that inspires me the most is Marianela Nunez I love watching her on YouTube!!!

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

The best advice I’ve ever had is that I can make it with hard work and practice I can do it 😊

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I LOVE romantic tutus!!!!

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

In my free time I love to play with my beautiful dog and I also love watching Claudia Dean YouTube videos😂 (a lot of them!!!)

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Molly Sawyer

I recently had the opportunity to ask Molly Sawyer some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Molly is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise, elegance and grace. Her passion and dedication to ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at the age of 12 and a half

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently in my first year at The New Zealand School of Dance

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 am currently switching between Gaynor Mindens and Energetiks Sapphire

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Since the age of 4 I had always done jazz and lyrical and at the age of 11 mum took me to my first ballet ‘Swan Lake’ danced by the Australian Ballet and afterwards I just fell in love and I wanted to dance like the “princesses” on stage, my studio at the time didn’t have ballet so I had to move. Best decision of my life!!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation at the moment is Grace Fairy from sleeping beauty

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for San Fransisco ballet or National ballet of Canada

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

Yes my favourite memory would have to be dancing with the Russian Imperial Ballet – The Nutcracker

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

My inspiration, the person I have always looked up to is Misty Copeland

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

The best advice I’ve ever received would have to be “never ever forget how hard you’ve worked to get where you are, look back and take everything in, Every compliment, every critique and appreciate it. You are who you are because of your journey”

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Definitely romantic tutu!!!

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

When I’m not dancing I’m either talking about dancing or in the Pilates studio strengthening but I absolutely love spending time with friends and going on walks to clear my head and appreciate everything that’s around me.

Q&A With American Ballerina Hannah Herndon

I had the chance recently to ask Hannah Herndon some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Hannah is a fantastic dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace. Her passion and dedication to ballet is terrific. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started Ballet when I was two years old but I didn’t start seriously until I was about six or seven.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Manassas Ballet Academy and Theatre. I have been dancing there for 7 years now!

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for three years in August!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Russian Pointe Muze Pointe Shoes.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved with dance through my old daycare center

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

There are so many great variations but it would probably be the variation I did this past year at Yagp: Raymonda Variation from Act 3.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I am keeping my options open right now!

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

There are so many but I love being in class with all of my friends and having so much fun!

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

Some of my Role Models are Sara Michelle Murawski and my teacher Sara Gaydash Ordway!

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

To never give up and to always try your hardest!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love all of the Classical Tutus

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

I love to spend time with my family! I love to cook and am actually the one that cooks the most in the house (believe it or not!)

 

Q&A With American Ballerina Maya Schonbrun

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started focusing on ballet this past year

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I’m currently dancing at Master Ballet Academy

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for 3.5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Grishko 2007’s

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got into ballet when my mom wanted to take a couple of pictures of me in a pretty pink tutu and then I fell in love with it.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variations would either be Medora or Gamzatti

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for either Royal Ballet or ABT

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

I love all my time at ballet but if I had to choose it would probably be working on variations with Mrs. Irena

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

Dancers that inspire me are Natalie Osipova, Evgenia Obraztsova

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

The best advise I’ve ever received from a teach would probably to go for it and never compare myself in a negative way to others.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical!!

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

In my free time I like to hang out with friends and play on my phone

Q&A With American Ballerina Maddie B

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when i was 4(?) I think😂

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance with Academy of Russian Classical Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for 4 or 5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Suffolk pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved with ballet when my parents bought me a dance set called Bella Dancerella

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation of all time is Kitri Variation Act 1

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I don’t have a specific company I’d love to work for yet.

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

I don’t have a specific favorite moment, but my favorite moment(s) are in rehearsals

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

My dance role model is definitely Sventlana. she’s just perfect😍

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

Best advice was from my previous teacher. It was to not focus on the rejections, and to just remember that everyone has room to improve. Nobody’s perfect

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love romantic tutus, but I’d prefer a classical tutu over a romantic tutu

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

I love to dress up as Disney characters for kids parties and events. That’s definitely my favorite thing to do in my free time

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Imogen Walters

I recently had the opportunity to ask Imogen Walters some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Imogen is an incredible dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and elegance, her passion and love for ballet is infectious, there is no doubt Imogen will be inspiring the next generation of dancers. Her determination and love for ballet is unparalleled. Watching her grow and mature as a dancer has been incredible and watching an Adelaide dancer reach her goal of gaining acceptance into Vaganova Ballet in St Petersburg has been inspiring. Below are her responses.

From St Peter’s to St Petersburg: Adelaide teenager’s dance dream begins

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 6, but I didn’t start professional full time training until I was 15

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently privately training with my teacher Valentina Pavlova, but at the end of August I am moving to St Petersburg to study at the Vaganova Ballet Academy

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Gaynor Minden

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet when my mum took me to ballet class to give me something to spend my energy on (I was a very hyperactive kid)

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have lots of variations that I like, but I love lilac fairy variation from act 3 of Sleeping beauty, as well as Odette’s Variation from swan lake, Medora from act 3 of Le Corsaire and Raymonda’s variation from the dream scene (ballet Raymonda)

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for any company in Russia or Europe, but my two favourites are Bolshoi and Mariinsky

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

My favourite moment was when I passed my exams at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, and when I found out that I had been accepted into the Vaganova Ballet Academy

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

Dancers that inspire me are Svetlana Zakharova, Alina Somova, Diana Vishneva, Oksana Skorik, Maria Khoreva and Ana Turazishavilli (I think that’s how you spell it😂)

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

The best advice that I have received from a teacher is that in order to be successful, first of all you have to overcome yourself (the first hurdle is always the limits you put on yourself, mental blocks etc)

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical, I have never worn a romantic tutu

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

In my free time I sew pointe shoes, watch ballet on YouTube

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Q&A With Australian Ballerina Abby Morgan

I recently had the chance to ask Abby Morgan some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Abby is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and grace, her passion and dedication for ballet is remarkable. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 4 but it was just a hobby for me until I was 12 then i realised I wanted to hopefully make a career out of it one day

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at The Royal Ballet School in London but before I moved to London I danced at Classical Coaching Australia, in Brisbane Australia

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I went en pointe when I was 12.5 so 5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I switch between Energetiks and Freed of London

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

When I was younger I was very clumsy so my mum put me in ballet to help to try and improve my clumsiness but it didn’t really help, I’m still clumsy! 😂

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have so many variations that I love so one of my favourite is Tchaikovsky pas de deux

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would honestly be over the moon to work with any company, as long as I’m dancing I am happy

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

My favourite ballet memory is when I found out I got into the Prix de Lausanne competition as it was always a dream for me.

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

Marianela Nunez inspires me and also Alina Cojocaru

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

There was a teacher that didn’t teach me for very long but she was an ex dancer in Vienna State Opera and San Francisco Ballet and she told me to never say no and although that may not make a whole lot of sense to everyone I understood what she was saying and will remember that for as long as I am dancing

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Probably Classical

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

I like to be with my friends and go shopping or just relax