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Q&A With American Ballerina Alexandria Heath

I recently had the chance to ask Alexandria Heath some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Alexandria is an excellent dancer, she graces the stage with elegance and poise. Her dedication and passion for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her answers

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing when I was 2 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Ballet Etudes in Gilbert, Arizona.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for 5 years now. I got my pointe shoes when I was 9.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I am currently wearing Russian Pointe Rubins, although from time to time I wear Freed Studios.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom was actually a dancer when she was younger and when I was born her current occupation was a ballet instructor. So, she got me interested and I started taking classes.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Right now my favorite variation is Sleeping Beauty Act 2, but I also love the variation from Balanchine’s Diamonds and the black swan variation from Swan Lake.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

The ideal company that I would love to work for would be New York City Ballet, but it would also be a dream to work for The Royal Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet.

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

My favorite memory in ballet was being the role of Cinderella in my studios production. Every moment of it was magical. I got to do beautiful pas de deux’s and variations and show such emotion, it helped improve my dancing and grow my love for ballet. It is something that I will cherish forever.

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

My ballet role models are Marianela Núñez, Natalia Osipova, Tiler Peck, Sara Mearns, and Svetlana Zakharova.

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

The best advice I have received from a teacher is “hope is not a strategy.” You have to work hard for what you want, and truly go for it.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love both classical and romantic tutus. The classical one is so clean, clear and pretty, and the romantic tutu flows beautifully. However, I prefer dancing in a classical tutu.

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

I love to bake, hang out with friends and family, swim, and of course dance more on my free time.

 

Q&A With American Ballerina Emily Coughenour

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 8

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at Delaware dance company

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

6 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Suffolk stellar

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I used to ice skate, and at age 8 all skaters were required to take ballet in addition to skating lessons. As soon as I started taking ballet I realized that I loved it more then skating. I skated for two more years and then switched to ballet when I was 10

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is the Cinderella act 3 variation with choreography by Fredrick Ashton

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company would be American Ballet Théâtre because they do a lot of classical ballets

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

My favorite memory of dance is when I performed my first pas in the nutcracker as snow queen

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

I am most inspired by David Hallberg because of the emotion and character that he brings to his performances. I also love watching Svetlana Zakharova.

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

The best advice that I’ve ever received from a teacher is that you can have the best lines, technique, turns, etc. But it won’t matter to the audience if you don’t use Artistry and dance with your heart

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic tutus 🙂

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

In my free time I like to watch ballet, and I also like to spend time with my dogs and play guitar

Q&A With American Ballerina Cristina Brown

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 3 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Suncoast Academy of Dance

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Russian Rubins

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Mommy & Me ballet classes

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Aurora’s wedding variation

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

ABT or Boston Ballet

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

The first time I did a pirouette en pointe

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

Lauren Lovette and Misty Copeland

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

Confidence is what makes a dancer stand out

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

I like to traveling, photography, and going out with friends!

Q&A With Hong Kong Ballerina Keisha May

I recently had the chance to ask Keisha May some quetions about her journey as a ballerina. Keisha is an excellent dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace. Her dedication and passion for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 2 years old however started ballet seriously when 13

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently train full time at WAAPA (western Australian academy of performing arts)

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for almost 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 first got involved with ballet when my mother sent me to baby ballet classes in Hong Kong

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is Giselle Act 1 variation

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for the West Australian Ballet however it would be Incredible to work for Nederlands Dans Theater

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

My favourite ballet memory was the chance to performing La fille mal gardee with WAB when I was 12

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

My ballet role model growing up actually isn’t a famous ballerina, however, growing up I was highly inspired by Miko Fogarty.

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

‘If you don’t have fun performing on stage, the audience will not have fun watching’

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 like to do the activities I often miss out on when I am dancing. Such as shopping or hanging out with my non dance friends. Or simply spending time and relaxing at home. I also enjoy video editing, so when I have the time I also like to edit and film videos for my YouTube channel 😊😊

Q&A With New Zealand Ballerina Rebecca Willis

I recently had the opportunity to ask Rebecca Willis some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Rebecca is an amazing dancer, she takes to the stage with amazing poise and elegance. Her passion and love for ballet is outstanding. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 6 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Melbourne City Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

9 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Bloch Aspiration size 51/2 B

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mum took me to a ballet class

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

1st odalisque

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

A progressing ballet company with a great atmosphere

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

When I had my first company performance and couldn’t stop smiling for hours after with the post show buzz.

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

Lucy green from Queensland ballet I grew up watching her with the Royal New Zealand Ballet

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

It’s not what the steps you do it’s how you dance the steps

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

I love the outdoors and going exploring. Seeing the worlds natural beauty

Q&A With American Ballerina Sarah Shaw

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was four years old but I began my pre-professional training at thirteen years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Currently, I am training with private coaches Javier and Isabel Dubrocq. I also get to perform with The Rosemary Youth Ballet directed by Wendy Johnson

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 currently wear Gaynor Minden pointe shoes.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet when my parents took me to see the Nutcracker and Coppalia. I loved them so much and not long after, I began taking ballet lessons at my local ballet studio.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

This is a hard one… but I would either say that Giselle or Grande Pas Classique are my favorite variations.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Actually, I am not sure yet. There are so many great companies that I would love to dance with. I am just excited to see what the future holds!

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

My favorite memory in Ballet was this past May when I received the opportunity (thanks to my coach Javier) to take class with master teacher Laura Alonso’s ballet company in Havana, Cuba. I feel humbled and honored that I was also able to work with Laura Alonso privately and receive coaching on my Giselle act 1 variation. It was definitely a day that I will never forget!

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

There are so many talented dancers that I would consider my role models. Each has their own special qualities that I admire so I could never be able to choose.

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

Some of the best advise I have received is from my coach, Isabel. On days that I feel frustrated that I am not improving fast enough, she always reminds me to look back from where I have come. She says that slow and steady improvement is good, even if you don’t see it over night.  It may take weeks or even months for the improvement to be visible so it is important to be patient. She often encourages me to take videos to track my improvement.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love both but classical tutus are my favorite.

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

When I am not dancing I am usually doing homework but in my free time I enjoy reading books, decorating ballet costumes, and doing agility with my dog, Matilda!

Q&A With Vietnamese Ballerina Hanhi Tran

I recently had the chance to ask Hanhi Tran some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Hanhi is an incredible dancer, she graces 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?

My parents put me into ballet at the age of 3, but I hated it until I was about 11 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

5 years, since I was 10

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Grishko 2007’s and Grishko Dream Pointe

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My parents put me in ballet just for fun, as an after school activity. I was a very loud and embarrassing little girl and they thought that ballet could teach me how to be more polite, calm and graceful.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Giselle Act 1

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream companies are Mariinsky, San Fransisco Ballet and the Royal Ballet!

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

Dancing with the Mariinsky theatre in their La Bayadere as one of the two Manu girls!

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

All of my friends at the Kirov Academy, May Nagahisa and Svetlana Zakharova!

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

To always believe in yourself!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic Tutu!

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

I love playing UNO with my friends and going out with them to eat!

Q&A With American Ballerina Genevieve Carlson

I recently had the chance to ask Genevieve Carlson some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Genevieve is a phenomenal dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise, grace, elegance and beauty. Her passion and dedication for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

2 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Master Ballet Academy

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Russian Pointe, Brava

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom was classically trained with William Reilly Ballet in Milwaukee, WI and she encouraged me.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorites change regularly, but right now I am enjoying Grande Pas Classique, Raymonda,  Harlequinade and Nikiya.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

There are so many companies that I admire. I have a special place in my heart for PNB as I was raised watching their shows and I love Peter’s work.

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

I cried watching Isabella Boylston at the YAGP finals gala.

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

Isabella Boylston, Svetlana Zakharova, and Ekaterina Krysanova all for different reasons.

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

Tell a story and entertain before all else.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

Snowboard, bike ride, cooking and yoga.

Q&A With American Ballerina Abigail B

I recently had the chance to ask Abigail B some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Abigail 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 dancing when I was 3 but I got more serious at 12

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at Master Ballet Academy!

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on Pointe for 3 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Grishko

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got involved in ballet by my mom danced her whole life until she had kids so she just put me in to see if I like it and I love it ever since

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is Talsmen

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

The company that I would love to work for is Ballet West, ABT, or Colorado Ballet

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

My favorite memory in ballet is getting topped 24 at YAGP

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

Dancers that inspire me are Kathryn Morgan, Adiarys Almeida, Natasha Ivasenko, and Bianca Teixeira

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

Best advice I have received from my teachers is too never give up, push yourself and turn out😂

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu!

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

What i like to do in my free time is to hang out with friends and family and go swimming

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Saskia S

I had a chance recently to ask Saskia S some questions about her wonderful journey as a ballerina. Saskia is an incredible dancer, she takes to the stage with great poise and elegance. Her passion and dedication for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 11 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

At full time ballet school in Australia.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

About a year and a half now

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Grishko 2007

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I fell in love with ballet at the age of 4, watching barbie nutcracker. I knew from then on that’s how I wanted to spend the rest of my life.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Currently Girlfriends in Don Quixote Act 1

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I love the Dutch National Ballet but realistically, I’d be thrilled to work with any European company willing to take me.

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

I love the feeling when things just work out, when you feel on top of everything and know for even a split second, that there’s nowhere else you’d rather be

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

Michaela DePrince, Misty Copeland, Sylvia Guillem, Marianela Núñez, I could go on and on…

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

Focus on the present, the best you can do here and now, in this moment and don’t worry about the outcome.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love both classic and romantic tutus in different ways.

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

Hah! Spare time. The little I have of it I like to read and write, listen to music and spend time with friends and family.