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Q&A With Mexican Ballerina Ivana Bueno

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 5 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I will join the English National Ballet in August

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

For like about 10 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Freed studios or So Danca

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Because I went to a ballet class and I was doing it as a hobby but after I felt in love with it and I decided I wanted to do that forever

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Esmeralda😍 or Kitri

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

English National Ballet

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

My graduating end of the year Gala with the Academy Princess Grace

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

Marianela Nuñez and Jurgita Dronina

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

To enjoy every time that you are on stage and always work hard to get want you want

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

I like to spend time with my friend or if I am very tired I love to watch tv series

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Molly McCarthy

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started classical ballet at the age of 2

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy in Sydney Australia

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for about 6 years now

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Energetic pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

When I was young I used to dance around the house all day, so my parents decided ballet would be a great thing to start

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation would be Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux and Cupid

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

There are so many amazing companies but I love to watch Royal Ballet Company and the Australian Ballet Company perform

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

Performing on stage doing the lead role in Nutcracker

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

Mariners Nunez! But also icons like Sylvie, Sarah lamb and Iana Salenko

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

Dance to express not impress

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Love both!

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

I love to do Pilates, yoga, walk, travel to new places and spend time with family and friends.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Amara McHugh

I had the opportunity recently to ask Amara McHugh some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Amara is an excellent dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace. Her passion and dedication for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

Around 5. But never really got into it and took it seriously until I was about 13/14.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

At the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet in Melbourne.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

In pointe for about 7 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear energetiks, but have only been wearing them since last November. I used to wear Gaynor Minden previously.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mum is a teacher and ex-dancer so naturally she put me in it.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

omigod I love them all-so hard to pick. But my favs are: Marguerite and Armand, Juliet (R&J) And the Sylvia variation too. I could go on hahaha

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Love to be in Vienna State ballet (Wiener Staatsballett) or Boston Ballet

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

Not yet really

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

I love Sylvia Guillem. But also Lucia Lacarra, David Hallberg, and Misa Kuranaga

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

“just get back up”. And do it for you, no one else but yourself.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

This is a hard one because I love the romantic era but so many great ballets use a classical tutu. But probably the classical tutu.

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

So many things haha. I cook, hike, and read. Love testing out new recipes and experimenting with new flavours. I also love the science behind nutrition and how it benefits the body. Food is definitely a big passion of mine. Plus I really enjoy love getting outdoors and just exploring.

Q&A With American Ballerina Toni SR

I recently had the chance to ask Toni SR some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Toni is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and grace, her passion and dedication to ballet is incredible. Below are her repsonses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing as soon as I could walk and enrolled in several different types of movement classes when I was younger. However, I didn’t start taking proper ballet classes until I was about 6 or 7.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at Pacific Ballet Academy in California’s Bay Area.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for a little over five years!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I alternate between the softer Suffolk Spotlight and the harder, more durable Suffolk Stellar. I darn my Spotlights and I 3/4 the shank of the Stellars.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet when I signed up for some tap / ballet classes and decided that I preferred ballet over anything else I could have done.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is either Sleeping Beauty Act III or Grand Pas Classique. Sleeping Beauty is such an elegant ballet and takes a special blend of technique and artistry to pull off. Grand Pas is a sheer test of technique and endurance.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Really anywhere, as long as I keep dancing! I love the Royal Ballet, ABT, as well as Boston Ballet. I had the honor of attending Boston Ballet’s summer intensive last year and am a few days away from starting Royal Ballet’s intensive!

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

My favorite moment in ballet is when you take the first step onto stage during a performance. Nothing beats the feelings of months of preparation, sweat, and hard work that goes into making the show possible. And a pretty tutu doesn’t hurt, either!

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

One of my all-time favorite dancers is Misa Kuranaga, from Boston Ballet. She’s so strong, has gorgeous feet and lines, impeccable technique, and a wonderful quality that makes her such a joy to watch.

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

To let the music guide your movements and to remember that dance isn’t all technique — it’s an artistic sport which means emotion and expression is part of the movement.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical!

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

When I am not dancing, I am most likely trying to frantically catch up on my school work. 😉

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Alisa Timofeeva

I had the chance recently to ask Alisa Timofeeva some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Alisa is an excellent dancer, she graces the stage with 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 9, which is quite later considering some have been going from 2 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently dancing full time at Queensland National Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started pointe when I was 12 years old, so I have been on pointe for over 3 years now.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Grishko 2007.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I idolised the idea of dancing en pointe, which motivated me to start ballet. Since that day I have been in love with ballet.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is Aurora Act III

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I love so many companies, especially in Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland. I probably wouldn’t be able to choose one I would love to work for as there are so many.

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

My absolute favourite memory was going en pointe and going to the dance store to get them. I was so excited and knew that everything that was coming was going to be great.

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

There are so many ballerinas who inspire me including Svetlana Zaharova, Natalia Osipova,Maria Khoreva

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

My best piece of advice would probably be to learn every role and piece, even if you dont think you need to as injuries happen and you want to be the dancer chosen to fill in because you know the roles well 😊

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu 100%

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

I like hanging out with my friends and spending time with my family. Because dancing takes up so much time, I rarely get to spend lots of time with family and friends.

Q&A With American Ballerina Leah McFadden

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at age 11 in 2009

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Colorado Ballet.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

8 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Grishko 2007’s.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I originally wanted to be a ballroom dancer, but my father told me I should start with some ballet classes. Once I started the classes, I never stopped.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

It’s hard to pick just one variation. I would have to say Giselle act 1, Black Swan act 3, and the turning girl variation from “Who Cares”.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company has always been the Royal Ballet. That’s a pretty far off dream though.

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

There are so many great memories. I’d have to say one of the best was performing at Lincoln Center with Miami City Ballet in 2016.

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

Aline Cojocaru since day 1. She stole my heart the first time I saw the Royal Ballet’s Giselle on DVD. Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland of course. They were my introduction to ballet. Marianela Núñez. She is clean, pure technicality when she dance.

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

No matter if you feel like you don’t fit in because of your aesthetic or because you see someone naturally more gifted, stay confident in yourself always and know that you have your own uniqueness to bring to the dance world. There will always be someone out there looking for a dancer just like you.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic. I love the older ballets.

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

I like to spend as much time as I can with friends and family. I’m a bit of a movie fanatic. I also love trying new restaurants.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Jade Wright

I recently had the opportunity to ask Jade Wright some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Jade is an incredible dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and strength. Her passion and dedication for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

11 years ago

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

The Conlan college

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

4 Years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Mirella

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I always just wanted to get into ballet since i was little

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Esmerelda

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I personally don’t want to work for a company i would rather use my dancing to teach or possibly a physiotherapist for dancers

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

Dance of champions in 2015

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

Dusty Button

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

Stand tall and be proud

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

Draw

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Zara Worne

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 4

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at The Conlan College

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear jet stream (which I love!)

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mum enrolled me in dance to begin with and I was involved in all styles such as tap, jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, hip hop. I was involved with all of these until I was about 15 then I decided to focus on Ballet only.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation would be from the Ballet Cinderella “fairy godmothers variation at the ball”

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for Sydney dance company as they have contemporary and neo-classical options

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

One of my favourite memories in ballet would be when I first learnt to pirouette en pointe! I had been so scared to try it, even though pirouettes on flat are strong for me and I enjoy them. I was in an open class and had no choice but to just try them and it was so exciting when I realized I could do it! I felt so free yet strong, it was amazing!

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

Misty Copeland is a major role model to me as she showed the ballet world that being strong and physically muscly is not something to be ashamed of but to embrace! There are major issues with eating disorders and appearance in the Ballet World and she has proved that being healthy and strong is far more beneficial! Her artistry is phenomenal, Misty is a joy to watch!

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

The best advice I received from a teacher was “don’t try to dance better than anyone else what matters is that you strive to dance your best.” This changed my whole frame of mind and work ethic for the better and I stopped comparing myself to others.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic!!, it reminds me of one of my favourite ballet’s Giselle. The longer tutus are simply divine and look beautiful on stage.

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

When I’m not dancing I work part time, keep active at the gym, and spend all of summer at the beach!

Q&A With American Ballerina Danielle Meza

I had the chance to ask Danielle Meza some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Danielle is an excellent dancer, she takes to the stage with great poise and elegance. 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 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Inland Pacific Ballet.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for about 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 got involved in ballet when my mom enrolled me at the age of 3.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is Medora from Le Corsaire.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company is San Francisco Ballet.

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

My favorite memory was being able to travel to Cuba and study with the national ballet of Cuba.

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

One of my favorite dancers is Maria Kochetkova.

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

Breathe while dancing

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

With my free time I like to spend time with my family

Q&A With American Ballerina Quincy McKay

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was four years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at The Tivoli Ballet School in Copenhagen, Denmark

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for about 5 years now

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Russian Pointe Encores. They work well with high arches like mine to keep them supported.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

When I was young, I was always a very musical child and danced whenever I could so my mom thought it was a good idea to enroll me in ballet. So when I was four, I took my first ballet class and have been dancing since then.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite classical variation is Gamzatti variation act 2 from La Bayadère. It focuses on grande allegro which I love but also has a unique performance quality to it. I’ve performed this variation a few times before and it is so much fun to dance.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work with the Royal Danish Ballet because it’s Bournonville style of ballet is quite elegant and beautiful but at the same time very challenging.

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

My favorite memory of dance is when I got my very first pair of pointe shoes. It sounds cliche, but as soon as I put them on I knew this is what I wanted to pursue in my lifetime.

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

I absolutely love watching Natalia Osipova perform. Her expressions and the way she carries herself on stage is so unique and inspiring. She’s fierce and you can truly see her love for ballet when she performs.

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

The best advice I’ve been given is to dance big. I’m 5’11 so I’m quite tall for a dancer which has made me want to be shorter like a typical ballerina. But trying to be shorter weakened my performance so my teacher when I was about 13 years old constantly reminded me to dance big and bigger than I could possibly be. I am still learning to embrace my height as a dancer and this advice has helped greatly.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

I don’t have a lot of free time when I’m not dancing since my school work is quite demanding but I love to hangout with my friends at a cafe or by the beach whenever I can. I also love to go to the movies and go to parties every so often.