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Q&A With British Ballerina Poppy Frankel

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at 18 months old but obviously only baby ballet!

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at the Royal Ballet School

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 wear Bloch and Freed

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mum says that I was dancing before I could walk, whenever there was music on I would just start moving to the music! She took me to ballet classes and I’ve never looked back.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

There are so many but I love Giselle Act 1, Odette Act 2 and all the Le Corsaire varations!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream is to work with the Royal Ballet Company

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

Every time I am performing on stage, it’s the absolute best feeling!

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

My absolute inspiration is Marianela Nunez, she is an incredible dancer and also a lovely person:)

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

Don’t let anyone tell you your not good enough and don’t let anyone make you feel down or come in the way of your dreams.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical, but I also love romantic!

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

Training vocationally you don’t get much free time so I’ll either be watching Netflix, sewing pointe shoes, shopping, finding cute little cafes and coffee shops, or spending time with my family and friends + my dog and cats:)

Q&A With American Ballerina EmmaRose Forbus

I recently had the chance to ask EmmaRose Forbus some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. EmmaRose is a phenomenal ballerina. She graces the stage with incredible poise, grace and elegance. Her passion and dedication to ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet thirteen years ago, just after I turned three.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am in the Professional Training Program at Houston Ballet Academy. I just completed my second year, and I start my third in August!

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been dancing en pointe since October of 2013, so just under five years!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I started the year off going through a bit of a pointe shoe crisis. I decided to voyage across Houston to find my perfect shoe. I tried on almost every shoe on the market, and finally fell upon Suffolk Stellars. I love wearing them with my PerfectFit Pointe Shoe Inserts for my bunion pain.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom decided to enrol me in ballet classes because she was really impressed with her friend’s daughters who danced. She loved how poised and disciplined they were.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation to perform is La Fille Mal Gardee, act II. It was actually my variation for a couple of competitions in 2016. I am specifically drawn the crisp footwork and sweet, yet energetic personality of Lise. My favourite variation to watch is definitely Giselle, act I. In my opinion, it is one of the hardest variations technically and artistically. It is so satisfying to watch when performed well!

Personally, I struggle with that delicate quality the variation thrives on. I get so excited when a dancer can capture the acting and technical details of the role!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

It would be a dream come true to work for Houston Ballet, but I will be happy wherever God puts me!

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

My most memorable moment has to be rehearsing party scene with just Clara and some of the company in a few Houston Ballet Nutcracker rehearsals. There were about 7 party girls in each cast, but they were all in school when these rehearsal were going on. I was the only party girl out of my level, so I did all of the party girl parts with just Clara! It was the craziest experience ever!

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

I am constantly inspired by all of the women of Houston ballet, but I especially look up to Karina Gonzalez Edwards, Tyler Donatelli, and Kiki Hunsberger.

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

“Don’t be your own worst enemy, just dance!” I tend get so caught up in the details and perfectionism of what I’m doing, that I mess up by overthinking. I get so scared of making mistakes, but that fear causes me to make more. Perfection seems to be a huge part of this high pressure world, but I like using the word excellence instead.

I remember that same teacher telling me that she would rather me make a mistake while having fun and letting go, than making a mistake from overanalyzing and overthinking. It’s important to find that balance of excellence and not being too hard on yourself, especially when you feel so much pressure from so many sides. In the end, mistakes are truly what shape us into the people and dancers we are.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Definitely romantic! My favorite roles to perform are peasant roles. I adore the femininity that comes along with romantic tutus!

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

I don’t have much free time with school and weekend performances, but my free time pretty much consists of three things. Swimming, sewing pointe shoes, and eating! On the weekends, you can always find me at the pool! It’s the only way to beat the Houston heat! I’m constantly preparing pointe shoes these days, and It doesn’t help that I have to darn them and three-quarter them too…

On weeknights and weekends, my mom grills out by the pool almost every day. Eating some delicious steak or BBQ chicken is my absolute favorite thing to do with my family! In addition to all of that, quite a bit of my free time is spent driving to the dance store to get pointe shoes, cleaning up my room, and catching up on school. Dancing 35+ hours per week and trying to graduate high school is like juggling two full time jobs! That being said, I’m doing what I love, so it is completely worth it!

 

Q&A With British Ballerina Jess Templeton

I had the opportunity recently to ask Jess Templeton some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Jess is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance, her passion and dedication for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was about 4 but I only took it seriously from the age of 12.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Tring Park School

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for about 4-5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Bloch aspiration pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got seriously involved in ballet when I started the Royal Ballet associate program at the age of 12

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Ah I can’t choose but I really love variations from Don Quixote as they are so full of character and energy.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for the Royal Ballet, ENB or Mathew Bourne’s New Adventures

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

I have lots of amazing ballet memories but my favourites are performing at Sadler’s wells and attending the Royal Ballet Summer School.

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

My inspirations for ballet are Yasmine Naghdi and Steven McRae but I also massively look up to Lukas McFarlane as a dancer and a person.

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

Best advice I have ever received is just to relax and breathe as sometimes dancers think so much about being perfect and working hard that they forget the most important part….the performance.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu definitely

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

I generally don’t have a lot of free time but when I do I love swimming and reading.

Q&A With American Ballerina Sophie Gilpin

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 10

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am about to start the year at Ellison Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

3 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Gaynor Minden

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I went to a school that had recreational ballet classes and my teacher introduced me to a serious Russian teacher (Olga Pavlova)

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

White Swan

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

ABT

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

I loved performing the Vaganova Academy exams in March

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

Evgenia Obraztsova!!!!

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

“Focus on yourself. you should always be in competition with yourself only”

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

I like to make slime, read, and play with my cats😂😊

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Primrose Kern

I had the chance recently to ask Primrose Kern some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Primrose is a phenomenal dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her passion and dedication to ballet is outstanding. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing when I was 3 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Claudia Dean Coaching, Atelier Australia and The Dance Company.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for 6 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 as a tiny dancer just going to baby ballet class, my mum was a dancer and she thought I was terrible when I was younger so I just went for fun and here I am😂

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Aurora Act 3 or Swanhilda Act 3

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Any company is a good company, so I don’t have a preference.

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

My favorite memory would be getting selected for the Prix De Lausanne and competing in Switzerland. It was the most amazing experience I have ever had

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

David Hallberg, Evgenia Obraztsova, Myriam Ould-Braham

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

Work Work and Work

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical all the way

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

Because I am a full time I don’t much spare time, so when I do I’m doing school work and spending time with my cat

Q&A With American Ballerina Jenna Turner

I recently had the opportunity to ask Jenna Turner some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Jenna is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance, her passion and dedication to ballet is unparalleled. There is no doubt that Jenna will be inspiring the next generation of daners to chase their dreams and strive for their goals like Jenna has. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started Ballet when I was 5 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I just ended my season with Huntsville Ballet in Alabama and am dancing in San Diego for the summer

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for almost 8 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Gaynors

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom was a dancer so it was just a passion of mine since I was little

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is Dulcinea from Don Quixote

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

City Ballet of San Diego

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

My favorite moment in Ballet is dancing sugarplum pas de deux. The connection I had with my partner on stage was amazing and I felt grounded and secure knowing he was behind me. A good contrast to being on stage alone which can be very disorienting

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

My ballet role models are Sarah Lamb, Gillian Murphy and Whitney Jensen

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

Pretend you are grabbing a rope in your attitude turns

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical for sure!

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

I like taking pole fitness and aerial silks classes to work on my arms and core

Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Skylar Bainard

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 12 (kinda late)

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance in Toronto

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Been en pointe for 4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Gaynor Minden!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I was actually picking between singing and dancing lessons, out of the blew I just decided to go for dance😂 I’ve been dancing and choreographing for as long as I can remember though, always putting on “shows”!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is Gamzatti act 2 variation from La Bayadere!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

There are so many amazing companies I’d love to work for! But in regards to my favourite companies that would have to be “National Ballet of Canada”, “Dutch National Ballet” and “Australian Ballet Theatre”!

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

I gain new favourite memories everyday! But a memorable one has to be winning first place contemporary at YAGP Toronto!

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

I’m very inspired by Maria Alexandrova from Bolshoi Theatre, she is such a passionate and strong dancer. I also love Natalia Osipova, she truely gives everything in her performances. And Jurgita Dronina has to be another one of my favourites she always looks so confident on stage!

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

From a teacher I had at Bolshoi, “ we dance because of our passion” this reminded me why I started in the first place 💃🏻

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutus! They really make me feel like a true ballerina!

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

In my free time I actually like to continue to work on my body, I love going for runs, doing yoga, stretching! But I also like cooking up new recipes, reading, journaling, and a lil Netflix and YouTube 😏!

Q&A With American Ballerina Caroline Powell

I recently had the opportunity to ask Caroline Powell some questions about her jouney as a ballerina. Caroline is a fantastic dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her passion and dedication to ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing when I was two, but I seriously started to train in ballet at age ten

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at The Dallas Conservatory

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 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 found my love for ballet after I attended my first summer intensive, abt young dancer in nyc when I was around ten. I’ve always done ballet but from that point my love for the art started to grow.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

That is a very hard question but I would have to say Paquita etolie or Dulcinea from Don Quixote

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream companies would have to be American Ballet Theater, The Royal Ballet, Or San Fransisco Ballet.

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

In 2013 at my old school I took a masterclass with Daniel Ulbricht with Lauren Lovette as his assistant. She stood next to me, gave me corrections and told me how much potential I had. She gave me hope and motivation, and now seeing where her journey has gone still gives me motivation.

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

A few dancers that inspire me include Isabella Boylston, Svetlana Zakharova, Olga Svirnova, Tiler Peck, and Laren Lovette. (All very different)

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

Don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic tutu

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 my friends and family, stretch, watch YouTube and Netflix, and I’m currently trying to learn to play the ukulele.😊😂

Q&A With New Zealand Ballerina Tessa Cockerton-Holmes

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 9

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Chilton dance academy in Wellington and I am a local scholar and an associates with the New Zealand school of dance !

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

3 years now!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Well I currently don’t have a favourite because I still haven’t found my perfect shoe yet… but I am wearing @capezio cambre and soon I will be trying a repetto shoe

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My sister started dancing and she just said it was really fun so I decided to do it as well!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Gamzati 😍

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would be so grateful to get into any company but one I really love is the royal ballet 😍😍😍

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

Earlier this year I won the South Island ballet awards and it was such an amazing moment dancing on the Isaac theatre stage 🌟

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

Dusty Botton, Steven McRae basically all professional ballet dancers because that is what I aspire to be when I am older ✨

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

That’s so tricky! I would have to say when dancing the technique has to be there but it is more about how you present yourself, where you place you arms and the expression through your body and face

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical, but they are both so beautiful 😍

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

Relax, go for walks with my family, hang out with friends

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Kassidy Thompson

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I stared at 10 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I just graduated from the John Cranko Ballet School

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started pointe work when I was 12

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I am currently trialling different Freed Pointe shoes. But my normal shoes are Energetiks Sapfir and I love them!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I think I always wanted to do some type of dance when I was little. After nagging my mum about it, I guess she just signed me up at the local dance school. I actually first really enjoyed dancing hip hop and then eventually found my passion for ballet.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

There are so many I would love to dance. But would love to dance as Manon! Would be a dream!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

There are many companies in the world I would love to work with (anywhere that would take me really!) but would probably say Stuttgart Ballet, ABT, Wiener Staatsoper or Australian Ballet!

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

A highlight for me would definitely be my graduating performance with JCS. It was so exciting to dance a piece choreographed by Uwe Scholtz, but was really special to share the stage for the last time with my classmates.

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

hmmm this is quite a tough question! There are some many dancers who inspire me! 2 who come to mind are Marianela Nunez and Aurélie Dupont. But I also would watch Friedemann Vogel dance any day!

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

I have received so much advice from so many incredible teachers. But I think an important thing as a dancer is to really show your passion while you dance. If you really give everything you’ve got and all your emotion depending on the role you dance, hopefully you can make the audience experience different emotions/feelings too. Happy, sad…That’s really a special thing.

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 love being with my friends and family. Cooking, going on adventures and especially love travelling to new places!