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Q&A With Australian Ballerina Jade Mitchell

I had the opportunity recently to ask Jade Mitchell some questions about her jounrey as a ballerina. Jade is an excellent dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her passion and love for ballet is infectious. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

6 Years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS)

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

5 Years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Capezio (developé)

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Begged my mum to take me to class😂

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Aurora act 3

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

The Royal Ballet, however I am open to all companies

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

Performing Waltz girl in Serenade

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

Marianela Núñez, Natalia Osipova & Alina Cojucaru

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

‘Never be afraid to fail’

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

I love cooking healthy recipes, walking, hanging out with friends!

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Ella Roper

I had the chance recently to ask Ella Roper some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Ella is an amazing 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 when I was 3.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently train full time at Tanya Pearson Academy.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been dancing en pointe for almost 5 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Bloch pointe shoes in the styles ‘Grace’ and ‘Serenade Strong’.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet as a way to improve my social skills with other kids in preparation for school.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation would definitely have to be either Black or White Swan – I love them both!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I don’t mind where – as long as I’m dancing I am happy, but if I had to choose I’d love to be in the Royal Ballet, English National, American Ballet Theatre or Paris Opera just to name a few of my favourites.

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

I love the feeling of dancing on stage and whenever I nail an exercise in class.

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

My ballet role models are Sylvie Guillem, Svetlana Zakharova, Natalia Osipova, Maria Khoreva, Alina Somova, Iana Salenko, Yasmin Naghdi, Marianela Núñez and Diana Vishneva.

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

One of my teachers told us that the work we put in is what we’ll get out which inspires me to work harder and always give 110%.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love both as they suit different things but prefer classical tutus.

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

In my spare time I like to read, watch movies, cook, draw, walk, take photos and do pilates.

 

Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Victoria Wardell

I had the chance recently to ask Victoia Wardell some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Victoria is an excellent dancer, she graces the stage wtih real poise and grace, her passion and love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

Technically, I began dancing when I was six, but I didn’t start focusing or working hard at ballet until I was about eleven. Before that, ballet was really just something I did for fun after school.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at The School of Cadence Ballet.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe since I was twelve, so five years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Grishko Maya’s and I absolutely love them.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

By always dancing down the sidewalk even before the age of two, causing my mother to decide to put me in dance classes 😉

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

There’s so many to choose from! Although I would have to say that I absolutely love Raymonda, the dream variation in act 2.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Teatro alla Scala is my dream company.

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

I have so many it’s hard to choose. Probably the feeling after New York finals at YAGP, just because afterwards I came off the stage and I was shaking from emotion, I was so into the character and I really just danced for myself, not for anyone else. It had been awhile since I felt that.

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

Marianela Nunez as well as Evgenia Obraztsova are two of my favourites, but honestly there are so many gorgeous dancers out there, and they are all inspiring in different ways.

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

“Don’t worry about the fact that you have to do the turns, before you actually do the turns, just do them and then work with what you have.” Although this particular quote applies to turns, I have taken it with me into every step. I often over think things to the point that I mess them up just because I’m thinking so hard about doing it right, so this really helps me get past that.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Honestly, I like both. Romantic tutus have a softer look and are often more peasant related, whereas classical tutus are often princess like and delicate but in a very different way then romantic tutus, so I like them both for different reasons.

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

I love reading and talking with friends. But most of my spare time I spend with Katie, my adorable 8 year old sister.

Q&A With American Ballerina Jessica Conniff

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started as a competition dancer at 3 years old but I started serious ballet training at 8.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I’m starting as a company dancer with San Diego Ballet in September

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for 9 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Gaynor Minden

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My one sister was interested in ballet before I was. There was only one good school near my house about 45 minutes away so my mom brought all three of us, me and my two sisters, and after my first class I was hooked

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have a couple favorites but recently I’ve been working on third shade from La Bayadere

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I’m a strong believer in everything happens for a reason but I really just want to end up in a company where I get a lot of opportunity and there’s a strong family atmosphere within the company

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

One of my favorite ballet moments was my first time on the MET stage when I was in ABT’s school. I got to dance as a willie in Giselle in the 75th anniversary spring gala.

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

Stella Abrera is so technically and artistically beautiful and an overall amazing human being. Also Francesca Hayward and Lauren Cuthbertson just a few of all the beautiful ladies we are lucky to have in the ballet world!

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

I think one of the greatest things I’ve learned is quality over quantity. In every aspect of ballet it’s important because the audience doesn’t care if you do 7 pirouettes and fall out of it for example! The beauty is in the quality of the movement!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I like all types of tutus but I think I prefer classical!

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

When I’m not dancing I love hanging out with my friends trying new restaurants or shopping! I also love Pilates and am working on getting my license so I can teach!

Q&A With American Ballerina Maddy Harpole

I recently had the chance to ask Maddy Harpole some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Maddy is an excelletn dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and elegance, her passion and love for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at the age of 3 (I’m currently 15) and have been dancing for 12.5 years.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

The Rock School for Dance Education

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started dancing on pointe at age 9 and will be starting my 6th year of pointe in the fall.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Bloch Heritage

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I was put in ballet at a young age just for the fun of it, but I started to take it more seriously around 10/11 years old.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I love all variations for being unique and beautiful but one of my favorites is Giselle act 1!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company is ABT, but I would love to go anywhere that is willing to take me!

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

My first summer intensive audition at age 11 because I was so inspired by all of the ballerinas surrounding me!

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

I love watching Isabella Boylston (of ABT) because you can see her passion on stage as she performs!

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

The best advice I have received is to really put yourself out there and to show what you have because people in auditions want to see what your capable of!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Both! Each of them are beautiful in there own way!

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

I love to watch movies, go for walks, and do a bunch of art project like painting or embroidery!

Q&A With American Ballerina Gaby DeAzevedo

I recently had the opportunity to ask Gaby DeAzevedo some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Gaby 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?

I have been doing dance for years, ever since I was little but I started taking ballet seriously about 3 years ago and I went really fast with it and now it’s the main thing I focus on.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Astrid Audet Academy of Ballet, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the training is amazing and I really love it there.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for about 2 1/2 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Russian Pointe Ruben, and I love them. They have practically been the only shoe  I have been in.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got involved in ballet, because one of my friends invited me to come to the studio and take a class and I went on from there.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation hands down would be fairy doll, I just love it and I think it’s so pretty.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company to work for is probably ABT or San Francisco Ballet.

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

My favorite memory in ballet would have to be the ABT summer intensive. It was the best experience in my career and I learned so much, I absolutely loved it.

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

Some of my ballet role models are Tia Wenkman, Isabella Boylston, and Katherine Morgan

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

The best advise from a teacher really has to be to not compare my self to others, I have a really bad problem with doing that and all it does is just bring me down but when I focus on myself I do better.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Definitely a classical tutu

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

In my free time, I like to go out with my friends and/or mom and do things, I stretch a lot, and I just started gyrotonics and I really enjoy that as well.

Q&A With American Ballerina Aleksandra Shkurigin

I recently had the chance to ask Aleksandra (Sasha) Shkurigin some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Sasha is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and elegance. 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 currently dance at Queen City Ballet with a former Houston Ballet professional : Campbell Midgley

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for 5 years now!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Grishko Novas💛

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My parents first put me in a ballet class. I treasured every minute of it and fell in love with the movement.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variations at the moment are Walpurgisnacht and Flames of Paris! I did them for the Universal Ballet Competition this past year.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for the Paris Opera Ballet Company in the future. It’s my dream!

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

My favorite memory/ moment in ballet was when I first arrived at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow at the age of 13. I felt so accomplished and proud that I had made it that far to pursue my dream.

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

Svetlana Zakharova, Joy Womack, and Natalia Osipova all inspire me! 😍

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

The best advice I’ve ever received from a teacher is, “put all of your heart and soul into your dancing. If you are having a terrible day, come into the studio and have the courage to let go and just dance. Let the music overwhelm you with emotion.”

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

BOTH!💕

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

When I’m not dancing, I love spending time with my two younger sisters(they also dance!) and playing with Nikiya (my puppy💗)

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Monique Constantine

I recently had the opportunity to ask Monique Constantine some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Monique is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with joy, poise and elegance. Her passion and dedication for ballet and dance is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started training in ballet pre professionally at 13!

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently on break due to having a knee reconstruction but I train at Ev and Bow Fulltime Dance.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe since I was 13 so 9 years 😊

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Serenade Pointe Shoes from Bloch!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I went straight into part time ballet when I started as my teacher saw potential 💛

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is the Cupid Variation from Don Quixote 👼🏻

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company is Bangarra Dance Theatre!

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

When I was very gratefully awarded the Open Age Classical Ballet Gold Medalist at a prestigious competition in Australia in 2014!

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

Definitely my teacher Miss Karina and always Darcey Bussell!

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

If you don’t feel it from your heart, then the audience won’t feel it either!! 💛💛

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu for sure 😘

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

Play with my bunny, go to the movies with my boyfriend and hang out with my best friends!

 

Q&A With German Ballerina Jasmin Arndt

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 5

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Palucca School in Dresden

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Since I was 10

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Freed of London

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mum had a little dance school and I came with her every time so…

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Sleeping beauty 3 act

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Semperoper ballet

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

Nutcracker at Semperopera was insane to dance had a beautiful time

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

I look up to Melissa Hamilton

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

Breath and enjoy your dancing

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Love both

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

I like reading, listening to music and I love singing ☺️

Q&A With American Ballerina Kavita Gupta

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

4 years ago

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

The ABT JKO School

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

About 2 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Grishko 2007

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I went to see Swan Lake when I was 7, and I begged my parents for 3 years to let me take classes

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Hard one!! I guess I would say Medora’s Act 2 variation

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

ABT

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

Getting my first pair of pointe shoes!

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

Sylvie Guillem

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

It’s okay to take breaks sometimes! I am a perfectionist and tend to overwork myself, so this is something that I have to remind myself of.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

Watch ballets on YouTube