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Q&A With Australian Ballerina Emilee Blake

I had the opportunity recently to ask Emilee Blake some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Emilee 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 have been dancing since the age of 10 but have only don’t ballet for 4 years

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently train at Ballettshule Theatre Basel in Switzerland

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I stared pointe work when I was 13 so for 3 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Freed Studio Professionals

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got into a school called John Curtin were I had auditioned for the dance program but couldn’t make the final round cause I was sick so I had to go to the ballet audition and I ended up getting in so that’s when I decided to start ballet.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Swan Lake Odette Variation

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Definitely Dutch National as they take tall dancers and it is an amazing company

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

When I was performing at Yagp New York Finals

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

Definitely Svetlana Zakharova and Sylvie Guillem

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

Train everyday harder then before and believe and achieve your end goal

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

I love hanging out with friends, swimming in the river and eating ice cream 😂 ❤️

Q&A With American Ballerina Virginia Archer

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

9 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Diane Partingtons

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Almost 5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Freed Classic pro. My favorite makers are Castle, Z and V maker.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My family loves Ballet, so at 5 years old I went to see a ballet company perform Nutcracker and I absolutely loved it.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite ones would have to be Aurora act 1 variation and white swan act 2.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for any European ballet company but I absolutely love Dutch national, Paris opera, or Royal Ballet.

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

My favorite memory was probably being asked to be Cinderella. This was my first time being a principal in a full length Ballet.

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

I absolutely love Anna Ol from Dutch, Sara Lamb from Royal and Svetlana Zakharovabt from Bolshoi

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

Always Dance your fullest no matter what you are doing. Because it can always help you for the stage.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

I love to swim, read and ride my bike during my free time.

Q&A With American Ballerina Grace Campbell

I had the opportunity recently to ask Grace Campbell some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Grace is an incredible dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible grace and elegance, her passion and love for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 3, I begged my mom to start!

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Kansas City Ballet School

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Since I was 12, so 4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I’m currently wearing Freeds Gaynors and Suffolk. I have a hard time finding good pointe shoes!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I just really wanted to dance so I begged my mom for a year to let me start.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have way too many! I love anything from Don Q or anything with big jumps and lots of energy

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream companies are ABT and KCB

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

Being Odette was really amazing. It was so challenging and I was only 15 so it was difficult yet a wonderful experience.

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

I love Ashley Ellis and Erica Cornejo. They both use so much passion and have such an amazing presence and I hope to dance like them when I am older.

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

Everyone has bad days. Even Professionals. The difference is that professionals learn from their bad days and don’t let themselves get sad about it because that only hurts a dancer. They learn and grow from it and that makes a dancer. The sooner you accept and learn from bad days, the close you will be towards a professional dancer.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical Tutu

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

I am so busy that I don’t have a lot of free time and if I do I typically am doing school. But I also like to read and hang out with friends.

Q&A With New Zealand Ballerina Kate Cockerton-Holmes

I recenetly had the chance to ask Kate Cockerton-Holmes some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Kate is a phenomenal dancer, she graces 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 at the age of 11.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance currently at the New Zealand School of Dance.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started en pointe at the age of 12, so this is my 5th year dancing en pointe.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Bloch Sonatas and Bloch Heritage strong.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My friend did ballet and I loved the look of it. So I decided to try it and have loved it ever since!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is Odettes Variation!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for The Royal NZ ballet, the national ballet of Canada or the Royal Ballet. But I would be so grateful to be accepted into any company! 🌸

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

My favourite moment in ballet has to be when I performed my solo and the Alaina Haines completion on the St James theatre.

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

Dancers that inspire me are Svetlana Zakharova, Darcey Bussell and Sylvie Guillem. They are so talented and such inspirational people!

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

The best advice I have received is to be yourself you have to be the hardest working dancer in the room. You have to be persistent and determined if you want to get a job as a dancer.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love a pure classical tutu!

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

I like to spend time with my friends, explore Wellington and eat a cute cafes.

Q&A With New Zealand Ballerina Eve Claudia Condon

I recently had the opportunity to ask Eve Claudia Condon some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Eve is an amazing ballerina, she graces the stage with incredible poise, grace and elegance. Her passion and love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I first started ballet when I was three like most little girls do, but since then I have never looked back!

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently train at the New Zealand School of Dance! I am a first year classical major.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for about 5 years now!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Right now I am wearing Bloch Aspiration but I’m still trying to find my ‘perfect shoe’

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My beautiful mother enrolled me so if it wasn’t for her I don’t know if I would be where I am today!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I really couldn’t chose my favourite variation because I simply love them all for various different reasons! But as of right now I love the Dying Swan!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would really love to work somewhere in Europe but I would be happy to be employed anywhere really, as long as I’m doing what I love!

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

One of my many favourite moments was when I was rehearsing a solo in front of my teacher and I once I had finished I looked up and saw she had tears in her eyes. And in that moment I knew I had made her proud.

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

I have had so many role models who have influenced my dancing in so many ways, my teacher Anneliese Gilberd would be one of my biggest inspirations along with Darcey Bussell and Sylvie Guillem who I also look up to in more ways than one.

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

The best advice I have received is ‘Everybody’s path is different so don’t compare yourself to others’, I absolutely love this as it just so true and I think we all forget this sometimes!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Ooo I couldn’t choose! They are both so beautiful 😍

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

In my spare time I really love to bake healthy treats, go for long walks, do yoga, read books, and take photos to name a few! I feel it’s so important to leave dance in the studio and just be a ‘normal’ person in your spare time!

 

Q&A With American Ballerina Ever Larson

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 2 and a half years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Colorado Ballet Academy

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for 4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Suffolk

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I loved watching ballet so I told my mom that that was what I was going to do

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Aurora’s birthday variation

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Colorado Ballet

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

Dancing Odette in Colorado Ballet Academy’s production of Swan Lake

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

Marianela Nuñes and Sara Mearns

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

Don’t get small when you are on stage

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

I love spending time with my family and friends

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Sophie Cotton

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started when I was 5 but left at age 6 and picked it back up when I was 11.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Katharine Mantle Performing Arts Academy (KMPAA)

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

3-4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I’m in-between Freed Studio Professionals and Grishko Novas at the moment.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I was enrolled by my mum (not sure if I asked or not hehe) at a local dance school.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

This is a hard one. My favourite variations at the moment are 1st shade, Satanella, Giselle act 1, Fairy of Temperament, Fairy of Generosity and Don Q Bridesmaid 1 variation. I’m also studying the Manu soloist at the moment from La Bayadere to perform in our end of year performance.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Any company is a blessing 🙏🏼 my absolute favourite is Alonzo King LINES Ballet

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

Moving to fulltime ballet has got to be my favourite moment so far. Seeing how far I’ve come in only a year is so rewarding and exciting.

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

I look up to so so so many amazing dancers but specifically – Misty Copeland, Michaela De Prince, Dusty Button, Juliet Doherty, Theresa Farrell and Diana Vishneva.

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

That exams and performances are only a reflection of where you are now, not where you will be in 1 day, 1 week or even a year. To focus on yourself is the most important thing.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

CLASSICAL! Glitter and dip dyed tutus are so stunning

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

I love to go on walks, do makeup, swim and draw etc. I love going to the movies as well hehe

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Sophie Walters

I recently had the opportunity to ask Sophie Walters some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Sophie is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and grace, her passion and dedication for ballet is amazing. 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 am currently dancing at Annette Roselli Dance Academy and have been dancing there all my life!

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started pointe when I was 10 1/2 so I’ve been en pointe for around 4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

At the moment I have been wearing Bloch Serenade pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet when my mum saw that I had so much energy, and I was always dancing around the house. She decided to take me to a ballet class and I have loved it ever since!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation right now is either Kitri Act 3 or Finger Fairy!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love and be so lucky to get into any company, but I would love to dance overseas in Europe, England or America.

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

My favourite memory is probably when I found out I was excepted into the Houston Ballet Pre-professional Program!

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

My dance role models are Marianela Nuñez, Michaela DePrince, and all of the ballet teachers that have taught me.

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

The best advice I have received from my ballet teachers are to just be yourself, and to not be too hard on yourself especially when your having a bad day. Everyone has their own path.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I honestly really like both, I can’t decide!

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

When I’m not dancing, which isn’t very often 😂 I love to go shopping and hanging out with friends but also spending time with my family, dogs and my two Alpacas.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Tessa Karle

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing when I was 4 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I’m currently in my first year at the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington, but I’m originally from Canberra, Australia.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I went on pointe when I was 11, so I’ve been on pointe for around 5 1/2-6 years now!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Bloch Heritage pointe shoes. They were my first style of pointe shoes that I tried when I was 11 and whilst I’ve tried other styles and brands since then, I’ve always just loved Heritage shoes so I’ve stuck with them!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I was always fascinated with ballet as a kid, Angelina Ballerina was my favourite show and whenever classical music was playing I would always dance to it. My parents never forced me into dancing, I actually begged them to enrol me in ballet lessons! I am so grateful that my parents have always been so laidback about dance so that it has been simply my passion for dance that has got me this far and not my parents pushing me.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation would definitely have to be Giselle. Whilst I love the technical challenge of other variations, there is something so special about a variation that focuses on artistry and telling a story through the movement. I’ve been really lucky this year to work with several teachers and guest tutors on the Giselle variation and it has amazed me how many different things you can learn from each teacher about the one variation and how you approach it artistically.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to be in the Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet or West Australian Ballet as it would be so amazing to find a company closer to home so I would be able to visit my family more readily. Overall though I would be willing to go to one of the many different companies around the world as I know how competitive it is to find work as a ballet dancer and just would love to be able to do what I love professionally anywhere in the world.

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

I think some of my favourite ballet memories involve performance opportunities. There is nothing better than the feeling of being onstage with people who you’ve worked so hard in the studio with for months and finally getting to show all of the work you’ve put in. There’s nothing like a tough show or piece to bring you closer to people and that’s one of the things that makes ballet so special.

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

My all time favourite dancer would definitely have to be Marianela Nunez! I adore the way she combines both beautiful technique with such raw emotion and artistry. She is truly the epitome of the perfect ballerina for me.

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

To never stop working hard and to stay dedicated. Even if you don’t have the best facility or aren’t the most talented person in the room, you stand out if you work the hardest and love ballet with everything you have. This is something I try to think of even if I am having a hard day or if things aren’t working out exactly as I imagined. You will get where you want to be eventually if you keep going!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

As much as I love romantic tutus, classical tutus will always have my heart. I still remember the excitement of getting to wear my first tutu when I was younger!

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

In my free time, I love to bake and cook, watch YouTube, and do things with my friends. Never underestimate the value of spending quality time with friends, it can improve your mood so much and set you up for a great week. It’s so great sometimes to get away from dance and experience new things, and often you can use those experiences to bring something new to your dancing.

Q&A With American Ballerina Margaret Rhea

I recently had the opportunity to ask Margaret Rhea some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Margaret is an amazing dancer. She graces the stage with grace 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 three years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I recently moved to Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for 7 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Gaynor Minden’s, but sometimes wear Suffolk’s or Freeds.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in dance because my sister started taking lessons and I wanted to join too.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is a tie between Tchaikovsky’s Pas de Deux and Pharaohs daughter.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I honestly don’t have a dream company to work with, I would just be happy to get a job haha

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

My favorite moment in ballet is in nutcracker when I catch the eye of my friends when we are performing! I feel like it just reminds me of the love and family that I am lucky to be performing with 🙂

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

Sara Mearns, Katie Boren, Karin Averty, Tatiana Pali are some of my biggest professional role models. I also take inspiration from my amazing friends to work hard.

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

My teacher Tatiana Pali always tells me to not be afraid and to really go for it. I tend to hold back, and she says to “sell yourself” to the audience. It’s helped me to expand my horizons and explore the artistic side of ballet.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical for sure!

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

I love to cook and bake, work out at the gym, draw/paint, do puzzles, play with my dogs, read, and watch YouTube and Netflix in my free time.