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Q&A With American Ballerina Chloe Andry

I recently had the opportunity to ask Chloe Andry some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Chloe is a phenomenal dancer, she graces 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 3 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at Ballerina academy of dance

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for 3 years. I started when I was almost 12 and I am now 14 years old now

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Gaynor Mindens. I custom order them with a reinforced shank and have the sculpted fit

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Ballet was the first genre of dance I studied along with tap. I became really serious about ballet when I was about 10 years old

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

That’s really difficult to choose just one! I love Le Esemeralda and Black Swan because of the attitude and fierceness

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to be a part of Los Angeles Ballet, But I would grateful to be a part of any company. I hope to explore more options as I get older.

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

My most memorable moment would be performing the role of Clara in Butler University’s production of The Nutcracker in 2016

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

I love to watch Maia Makhatelia, Sophie Miklosovic and Dusty Button! The Tremaine Faculty inspire me so much as well.

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

“Acceptance is freedom” –  Becky VanBriggle

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

I love to go shopping and sit poolside. I always plan and organise.

Q&A With American Ballerina Shayda Honda

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I strictly started ballet when I was 13, but have been dancing since I was 4.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Toledo Ballet.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for 3 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Bloch European Balance.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got involved when I saw pictures of my mother dancing.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have two variations that I absolutely love. La Esmeralda and Satanella.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

ABT is my dream company.

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

I guess one of my favorite moments was when I reached my goal of doing 8 pirouettes on pointe.

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

Isabella Boylston and Maria Kovhetkova are my ballet role models.

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

My best advice that I’ve received is “If you fall, the ground is not far. You know you’re pushing yourself when you go for things. If you fall it’s okay, just pick yourself up and do it again.”

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I prefer Classical tutu’s.

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

I love listening to music and dreaming of me being a principal ballet dancer on the Metropolitan Opera Stage.

Q&A With American Ballerina Hailey Fairhurst

I recently had the opportunity to ask Hailey Fairhurst some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Hailey 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?

When I was 9 I really started focusing more on ballet! I always did tap and jazz too but always loved ballet.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Integrarte PrePro program, owned by Erica Cornejo and Carlos Molina

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

About 5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear them all, but am between Russian Pointes, Freeds, and Gaynors right now!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I used to watch the older girls dance and fell in love! And the rest is history…

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Lilac Fairy and Odalisque 😍

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

ABT, Royal, or anyplace that will take me!!!!

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

Definitely my time with Gene Schiavone, ABT photographer, who I have worked with many times. But my favorite time with him was when he gave me tickets to see ABT perform Sleeing Beauty at Lincoln Center! We had dinner at the Met first and a backstage tour. It was an amazing night I will never forget! So grateful for him.

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

Definitely my teacher Erica! She is performs with such joy! And always Ashley Ellis!  She is my inspiration everyday! She works hard and is kind and I hope to follow in her footsteps one day!

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

Smile, breathe; and love it 😍 from my teacher growing up!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Ohhhh so tough!!! Allll the tutus!!!! But I love a classical tutu 💕

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

I spend time with my family since I dance so many hours and don’t get to spend a lot of time with them! I also love my friends and love spending time with them!

Q&A With Australian Dancer Chloe Young

I recently had the opportunity to ask Chloe Young some questions about her journey as a dancer, more specifically her time as a ballerina. Chloe is an amazing dancer, when she takes to the stage, she graces it with poise, strength and elegance. Her passion for dance is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing at the age of 2  and then progressed to full time ballet training at the age of 15. I then did a pre professional year with Sydney dance company at age 18.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am a a trainee with Sydney dance company currently.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

My repertoire doesn’t include pointe but I have danced en pointe for about 8 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I don’t currently wear pointe shoes. My last pair was groshko 2007

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got introduced to ballet from dance school. All of my siblings danced and I grown up dancing and I found a real passion to continue dancing further which is why I went full time

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation to watch and my favourite variation to dance would be very different.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I am very happy with where I am now when ch is with Sydney dance company

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

I had lots of great moments with ballet and just all moments when I’m happy and healthy

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

Growing up I loved many of the Russian ballerinas. I was so inspired by each and everyone

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

Person first, artist second and dancer third. This was said by my amazing course director from pre professional year at Sydney dance company, Linda Gamblin

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

If I’m on tour I love to explore the cities we are in and see as much as I can. If I’m at home I love to just put on some Netflix and really just relax

 

Q&A With American Ballerina Elizabeth Moler

I recently had the chance to ask Elizabeth Moler some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Elizabeth is an amazing dancer. She graces the stage with incredible poise and grace. Her passion and dedication to ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started when I was 3

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at the ABT William J Gillespie School

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have ben en pointe for 6 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Grishko 2007s

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I joined a ballet class at a nearby fine Arts Center with the rest of my playgroup

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is first act Giselle

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would LOVE to work for ABT

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

One of my favorite memories is when I got a solo at a summer intensive and I got to perform alone with a corp around me for the first time, and it felt AMAZING

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

My ballet role models are Julie Kent (She is beautiful and I love her quality), Isabella Boylston, and Tiler Peck.

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

It sounds weird but the best advice I have ever received is that my teachers said “all you have is your energy, and it all depends on what you do with it” or something like that.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu.

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

When I have free time (which is not very often) I like to go swimming, bake with healthy ingredients, watch movies sometimes at the theater with friends, and go shopping!

Q&A With American Ballerina Julia Milczanowski

I recently had the chance to ask Julia Milczanowski some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Julia is an excellent 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 think when I was 5 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Koltun Ballet Boston

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

4 or 5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Right now I’m wearing Gaynor Minden

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first started ballet when I was really young, in preballet. At the time, ballet was more recreational to me than serious and it wasn’t until a few years ago that I started to take it seriously and train at a more and intense and professional level.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

That’s a tough one, but I really love the Dulcinea variation from Don Q and variations from Sleeping Beauty

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

That’s another tough one… but I would love to train and work in NYC, maybe at ABT or New York City Ballet

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

My favorite memories are always from the summer programs that I attend, and making friends and learning from new teachers. My favorite moment is when I got to perform at Lincoln Center for YAGP Finals in Grande Defile, and meet Isabella Boylston!!!

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

My role models are absolutely my teachers: Alexandra Koltun and Alex Lapshin.

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

The best advice that I ever received is that you can’t learn the artistry that dance requires. You have to find it in yourself, and for some, that’s the hardest part of dance.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

I’m usually doing school work, but I love hanging out with friends and my dogs!

Q&A With American Ballerina Sylvia Wilson

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was nine.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently train privately with my mom, who used to dance professionally

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started pointe when I was 11-12.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Gaynor Minden pointe shoes.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Since my mom was a ballerina herself, she first introduced me to ballet and when I was younger I would always watch ballet DVDs and try to dance along 😂

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Either Carmen, Diana and Actaeon or Kitri first act

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Either the Bolshoi, Vienna State Ballet, La Scala, San Francisco Ballet or Boston Ballet

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

Yes, passing my end of year exam at the Bolshoi was a huge accomplishment for me ☺️

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

Masha Khoreva, Evgenia Obraztsova, Olesya Novikova and Olga Smirnova

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

It’s all in your head! Whether you fail or succeed, it depends on  whether you think positively or negatively.  You can accomplish anything if you 100% believe you can.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic tutu

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

When im not dancing, I like to watch YouTube, read and study my Russian

Q&A With American Ballerina Hannah Wiedle

I had the opportunity recently to ask Hannah Wiedle some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Hannah is an incredible dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and grace. Her passion and dedication for ballet is unmatched. 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?

Currently, I am dancing at Skyra Studios.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for five years!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Gaynor Minden pointe shoes. I love wearing them because they are so comfortable and supportive!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I started ballet because I would always tag along to my little brother’s physical, speech & occupational therapy appointments. We had them every day. The therapist told my mom that I needed something to do so I would not have to sit in a doctors office for hours on end. The therapist told my mom that I needed something to do so I would not have to sit in a doctors office for hours on end. There was a dance studio a few doors down from the office, so my mom recruited enough little girls to start a ballet class. I fell in love with ballet. As I got older, my passion grew! I guess my mom never knew I would take it so seriously!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

There are so many beautiful variations! But, I think my favorite would be Swanilda act 1 from Coppélia! It holds a special place in my heart because it pushed me to find the dancer that I was inside. I love the movement and the story! I love to jump and want to try the Laurencia variation next year. It is so stunning and strong!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

At this point, I don’t have a specific company that I would like to work for. I want to keep my options open! As long as I am dancing, I am happy!

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

My favorite memory is from this year took place in St. Petersburg, FL. Before I went on stage to perform my Swanilda variation at ADC IBC, I told my Coach, Mrs. Katia (Katia Garza) that I was going to go for it and do a huge manèage, huge jumps and have fun! I was so happy with my performance and I am so glad that I went for it! After I was finished, Mrs. Katia gave me a big hug and told me how proud she was of me! I am so lucky to have such an amazing coach!

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

There are so many great dancers out there! Mrs. Katia has been a huge inspiration to me because she is amazing! She is an incredible jumper, turner, and dancer and she helped me to find out strengths I never knew I had! I love watching Michaela DePrince, as well as Natalia Osipova because they are so strong! I love their commanding presence.

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

One of the best pieces of advice given to me is from Mrs. Katia (Garza). She told me to always go for whatever I am going to do and to never hold back! She gave me this quote, ”Do not believe what your eyes tell you. All they show is limitations. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know and you’ll see the way to fly!” I love what it says and I am forever grateful for all that she has done for me!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love both classical and romantic tutus! I love how pretty and elegant both of them look! Tutus are great to show off lovely lines and feet but I love turning and jumping in romantic tutus because they look stunning!

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

When I am not dancing, I love spending time with my family and friends! Since I dance a lot, I try to save my free time for my mom, dad, brother, and dog! I love to bake and create art! I also have a slight obsession with cleaning and organizing my room! I find it to be satisfying and relaxing! I try to find the balance between ballet and normal life. But, I love to dance and could not be happier! I am so blessed and grateful to be able to dance!

Q&A With American Ballerina Corinne Mulcahy

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 6 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance as a Trainee with The School of Pennsylvania Ballet.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for about 4 years now.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

The pointe shoes I currently wear are Suffolk Spotlights.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet after watching Barbie ballet movies for so long that I wanted to begin dancing myself!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is the 3rd shade in La Bayadère.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for American Ballet Theater or Pennsylvania Ballet someday.

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

One of my favorite memories in ballet was performing alongside company members in Snow during Pennsylvania Ballets Nutcracker this past year.

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

Dancers who inspire me include Gelsey Kirkland, Beckanne Sisk, and many of the PA Ballet dancers I watch every day.

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

The best advice I have ever received from a teacher was that you should never hold back from an opportunity because you never know if you will stop receiving them.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love both tutus equally, romantic tutus offer such beautiful movement while classical tutus are simply gorgeous and can add the perfect touch to your dancing.

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

In my free time, I love to bake, relax, spend time with friends outside of the studio, and watch Netflix!

Q&A With American Ballerina Ava Ownby

I had the opportunity to ask Ava Ownby some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Ava is an excellent 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 recreational combo classes at the age of 4 then moved to a company attached ballet school at the age of 6

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I want to leave this one blank because I’m in the process of switching studios and I haven’t made this information public yet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 3 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear grishko 2007 and custom wear moi

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

After 2 years at a dance school that had all styles of dance, my mom asked me which one I liked best. I said that I loved ballet so she found a ballet school for me to go to.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is Nikiyas death.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for the mariinsky theatre.

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

My favorite moment in ballet was when I go my first pointe shoes. They were grishko nova.

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

Dancers who inspire me are Natalia ospiova and Kristina shapran. I also love Wendy Whelan because she also has scoliosis.

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

The best advice I’ve received from a teacher was when they showed me how to use the proper turnout muscles. This helped change all of my dancing.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love romantic tutus.

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

When I am not dancing I love to have photoshoots and go shopping!