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Q&A With American Ballerina Sabrina Kreiss

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 2

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at my academic school through our dance program. the school is called Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale Florida

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for 5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Suffolk spotlights

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My parents signed me up for ballet when I was little, and I fell in love with it

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is the Aurora wedding variation

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for Boston Ballet or Miami City Ballet one day

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

I have a few favorite ballet memories, but my favorite was just last week at the ABT Texas summer intensive when I did a quadruple pirouette on pointe and someone saw it

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

Some of my ballet role models are Kathryn Morgan, Misty Copeland, and Ashley Sherman

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

Oohh this one’s hard. the best advice I’ve gotten is pretty cliché but it’s to never give up no matter how much my pointe shoes hurt.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical!!

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

When I’m not dancing I like to watch Netflix, go out to eat with my friends, and go to the beach

Q&A With American Ballerina Alexis Workowski

I recently had the opportunity to ask Alexis Workowski some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Alexis is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with 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 2 1/2

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Skyra Studios

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

3 1/2 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Suffolk spotlights

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My Mom is an amazing dance teacher so she wanted me to try dance and I absolutely loved it so I told her I wanted to continue taking classes.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Probably Giselle variation or any of the kitri variations, just cause I love to play different characters.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for Houston Ballet

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

I don’t have a favorite memory because they are all so great but one in particular would be winning 1st place at YAGP

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

I absolutely loveeeee Svetlana Zakharova

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

“If people are talking bad about you behind your back, it’s because you must be doing something right”

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

I love to bake and draw

Q&A With American Ballerina Kaitlyn Ruch

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was in second grade! (8 years old)

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently am a company member with Queen City Ballet Company in Helena Montana.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for roughly 3.5 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Fuzi pointe shoes and I love them!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom took me to see the Nutcracker!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I absolutely love bluebird and aroura act 3 because I have danced them, but my all time favorite would have to be Gamzatti! I love her elegance and confidence!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would absolutely love to dance with James Sewell Ballet Company!

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

I will always remember when I had to step in as an understudy in the party scene in Nutcracker. 9) I really look up to Dusty Button and so many other dancers!

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

I really look up to Dusty Button and so many other dancers!

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

I have received a ton of good advice from all my teachers, but some that really stood out to me, is to have confidence, and if you don’t do it, somebody else will!!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical!

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

I love listening to music, hanging out with my family and friends, and playing with my new puppy Zeke! 🙂

 

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Jessica Eksteen

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 7 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I train full time at the Sydney college of dance

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 4 years and I did 1 year of pre pointe

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Currently I wear the grishko maya 1 pointe shoes but I have gone through many other brands as well

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My friend started dancing and I really wanted to do it with her, so I joined ballet with her

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation would have to be Kitri act III the wedding scene from Don Quixote

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to be in the Hamburg Ballet or Dresden Ballet or the Netherlands dance theatre, I think these companies are amazing

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

My favourite memory would have to be when I saw Misty Copeland perform Aurora in sleeping beauty in Australian Ballet last year, she was absolutely breathtaking

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

My ballet role models/inspirations would have to be misty Copeland, Gillian Murphy, Iana Salanko, Sylvia Guillem and of course Marianela Nunez, I think these dancers are absolutely incredible

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

The best advice a teacher has ever given to me would be to believe in yourself just as much as you would in others

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love classical tutus but I also love romantic tutus but if I had to pick I would say classical tutus

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

I love to sketch and paint in my free time I especially love sketching things around me and of nature, but I also try to stretch and roll out in my free time as well

 

Q&A With American Ballerina Natalie Heinemeyer

I recently had the opportunity to ask Natalie Heinemyer some questions about her phenonenal journey as a ballerina. Natalie is an amazing dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and grace, her passion and love for ballet is unparalelled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was almost 3.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Ballet Theatre of Carmel Academy

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I got my first pointe shoes recommended by Tatiana Pali, just a couple months before my 11th birthday.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Russian Pointe Rubin and have for a couple years. They fit me the very best of any I have tried.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

As a small child, my grandparents took me to the Nutcracker. I don’t remember it now, but they tell me, I stood the entire performance and danced in the aisle.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I enjoy variations from Swan Lake, both Odette and Odile.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I also love the dramatic variations from Raymonda.

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

I was so excited to receive a scholarship to train in France. This opportunity opened possibilities that led me to attend a Summer Intensive in Paris.

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

Svetlana  Zakharova, Iana Salenko and Daniil Simpkin are all amazing. I was fortunate enough to see Iana and Daniil perform live at the Indianapolis City Ballet Gala a couple years ago.

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

I don’t have answer for this

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love the way a romantic tutu moves

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

Paper and pens! I enjoy calligraphy and drawing, making lists, plans and goals.

Q&A With American Ballerina Sofya Shakhovets

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at maybe 3 years old, but wasn’t too serious about it until I was 8-9.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for about 5 years, although much of the first year was exercises only at the barre.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Grishko 2007’s size 5 xx with a medium shank

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom is a ballet teacher! So, I was always surrounded by it from a young age.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is Nikiya’s Death variation from La Bayadere.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My absolute dream company would have to be Mariinsky, they are incredible!

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

No, not really.

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

My favorite ballet dancers would have to be Oksana Skorik, Diana Vishneva and Ulyana Lopatkina. I also am incredibly inspired by Joy Womack’s journey as a professional dancer!

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

Probably, “dancing in itself should be very freeing and easy! pointing your feet, stretching your knees, yes that is all very difficult but actually dancing should be from the heart!”

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical Tutu

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

I enjoy cooking with my mom, planning, shopping, Pilates, and sometimes if I have time, I like to read!

Q&A With American Ballerina Morgan Dunham

I had the chance recently to ask Morgan Dunham some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Morgan is a phenomenal dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and grace. Her passion and dedication to ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

2 1/2 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Kansas City Ballet School

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

5 years in about a month

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Freed DVs

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom is a ballet teacher 🙂

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Ooh wow that’s really hard. it’d be a tie between kitri act i and aurora’s wedding variation

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Dream company? I’ve got 3! Royal ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Teatro Alla Scala

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

I took a class from Sarah Lamb this summer and she pointed me out to the class and used me as an example for others

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

Marianella Nuñez, Natalia Osipova, Sarah Lamb, Carla Körbes, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Marcelo Gomez, Daniil Simkin

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

Walk with confidence. dance with confidence. don’t let anyone get inside your head. you are fully capable. don’t beat yourself up. just dance and work.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

A short classical tutu

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

Reading, singing, acting, drawing

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Emily-Rose Moore

I recently had the chance to ask Emily-Rose Moore some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Emily-Rose is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance, her paasion and love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

There was never a specific point in my life where I started ballet, my Mum was a dance teacher so I’ve always grown up dancing.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at The West Australian School of Ballet/ Dance

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have only been in pointe for a little over a year now as my feet where very restricted so I had to wait to go en pointe.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I love Gaynor Minden point shoes they are my favourite. I always get yellow as I like how it’s not to strong or weak.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I was involved with dance from a very young age and I started strict ballet at 8 years old and started full time this year

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is Cupid 😍 it’s so fun to do

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for English national ballet one day

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

My favourite memory so far was my first one en pointe, painful but really fun and rewarding

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

My ballet role models are Sylvia Guillem and Svetlana Zakharova there feet and legs are breathe taking and the way they move and express feeling is just amazing.

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

If it’s not working it’s not changing is my best advice as it is so true when it comes to dance also no pain no gain is a great one

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I prefer a romantic tutu as I love the way it flows on stage and how it moves, but I also love the classic tutus

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

In my spare time I love to hang out with friends and family and just chill … usually Netflix 😝 I also love a good Pilates class to strengthen my muscles 💕

 

Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Marsden Cousins

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

I started dancing when I was 2 but seriously doing ballet at age 10

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at Edge Studios in their pre professional program

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for 3.5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Freed pointe shoes (triangle or anchor makers)

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got seriously involved in ballet when I was 10 and my ballet teacher encouraged me to audition for summer schools

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have a few favourites but I will say Paquita variation #11 and Talisman

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company would be the Marinsky or any company in Europe

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

This past summer when I attended Paris Opera ballet school, Princess Grace academy, and royal ballet school summer intensives would have to be my favourite memory. This summer was an amazing experience and I learned so much and will remember it for ever. One other amazing moment was having privates with Leonid Sarafanov and taking his class

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

One ballet dancer that really inspires me is Olesya Novikova she is such a beautiful dancer and artist and I really hope I can watch her in person one day.

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

My teachers always tell me not to compare myself to others which I think has been some of the best advice they have given me. They tell me to worry about myself and what I am doing and not compare myself to the people around me.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I prefer classical tutu but also find romantic tutus very beautiful.

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

When I’m not dancing I am either sleeping or watching Netflix and recently I have been reading during my free time.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Talia Fidra

I recently had the opportunity to ask Talia Fidra some questions about her wonderful journey as a ballerina. Talia is a phenomenal dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and grace, her passion and dedication to ballet unparalleled. There is no doubt Talis will inspire the next generation of dancers as she strives and reaches her goals. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at age 4

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at the Queensland Ballet as a young artist

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe since 11

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Capezio Cambre and Bloch Sonata

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I always danced around the house, so Mum decided to put me into kindergarten classes and I’ve never looked back

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I love the Paquita solo variation

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Queensland Ballet and the Royal Ballet

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

Dancing on stage for a youth ballet company- I just remember getting into character and enjoying the moment!!

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

My number one inspiration is Sylvie Guillem 😍 also love Marinella Nunez

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

Hard work is the key to success and to breath! I know it sound weird but it’s so important

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

I love spending time in the sun as much as I can – as I’m always inside !! But also love reading watching Netflix and cooking ✨