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Q&A With American Ballerina Britta Albertson

I had the chance recently to ask Britta Albertson some questions about her journey as ballerina. Britta is an incredible dancer, she takes to the stage with amazing poise and elegance, her passion and dedication for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I have been dancing since I was 7 almost 8 so that’s around a total of 11 years.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I’ve spent the last 2 years at Ballet West as a PTD and I’m now going to be at Ballet Arizona as a studio company member.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for almost 8 years now.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Right now I’m wearing Freed classic pro 90 and my favorite makers are Maltese cross and Y.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Actually I wanted to be a soccer player but I kept breaking bones so my mom forced me to go to my first ballet class😂

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Favorite variation is anything from le Corsair or any of the soloist/principal variations in Wahlpurgusnatch

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to stay with Ballet Arizona or maybe one day go back to Ballet West.

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

Some of the best memories we’re getting both of my offers. My first from ballet west at 15 and now ballet Arizona at 17.

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

I would have to say I really like Sara mearns and Zippora Karz (she was a type 1 diabetic who danced for Balanchine)

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

I have received sooo much good advice over the years but I would have to say one that sticks the most is to be unapologetic with my dancing and that you can always tone things down but to give it all you’ve got right off the bat.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love a classical tutu but I like the way my legs look longer in a romantic 😂

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

Well there’s not much of that😂 but I love to go out and adventure with friends to new places. We love hiking and going on picnics. Or just going on long drives with music blasting 😂

Q&A With American Ballerina Taylor Nichols

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 4 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I’ll be a trainee at Cincinnati ballet this year.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

6 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Russian Rubins.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

When I was little my mom signed me up for classes so I could burn off some energy.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Agon is definitely one of my favorites! It’s unique to its self and there is no other variation quite like it. The steps and counts of the music are so simple but yet challenging.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to dance with any company but Cincinnati ballet is definitely one of my favorites!

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

Taking ballet classes with my sister is one of my most cherished memories.

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

I love Maria Kochetkova

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

No decision you make is wrong, some things are just meant to happen.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love romantic TuTus but I wouldn’t mind wearing a classical either!

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

I love eating snacks, napping, and hanging out with my friends.

 

Q&A With American Ballerina Mikaela Stewart

I recently had the chance to ask Mikaela Stewart some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Mikaela is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with amazing 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 3

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at California Proffesional Ballet Program in San Diego, CA

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for about 5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently am switching between Russian Pointes and Grishkos

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet when my mom put me in a “Joy of Motion” class

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is Giselle Act 1, Raymonda Variations, and the first Swan Lake Pas de Trois variation.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work in Europe eventually. I want to be able to travel so Europe would be amazing

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

My favorite memories from ballet are probably my first recitals and after I completed my first solo variation on stage.

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

Svetlana Zakharova(obviously), Skylar Brandt is also amazing, and I actually am really inspired by Mariinskys corps de ballet in general because when I saw them perform, their corps work was impeccable.

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

I receive a lot of advice from my teacher. He is always inspiring me, he pushes me, and he always tells us that quality over quantity is important and I think that is something really important to keep in mind while dancing.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I think I like classic tutus more but I also like romantic…. thats a hard question lol. I think for some things I like romantic more (like in giselle) but I also really love classic tutus.

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

In my free time I really love painting, making art, and letting my brain take a minute to focus on something completely not related to ballet. I think its important to also focus on other things while dancing so whenever I have a break from ballet I love making art and playing with my dog!

Q&A With American Ballerina Callie Rector

I had the chance recently to ask Callie Rector some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Callie is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with phenomenal 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 three!

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at the Academy of Russian Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 2, almost 3 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Russian Pointe Entradas

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got into ballet when I was little because my mother had always wanted to do ballet but never got the chance, and she wanted us to try it!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is probably Grand Pas Classique or Aroura Act 1

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to dance for the Washington Ballet!

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

There was a moment on stage during the Nutcracker when I was Dew Drop, and I did several sodechats across the stage and felt like I was flying! (The picture is on my page🤗)

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

My role model is Irina Dorovenko because she is so nice and such a beautiful, elegant dancer!

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

Not to worry about much on stage, the adrenaline will take you where you need to be, and if you have muscle memory of your dance and corrections, then just think about performing and enjoying the stage and you will look great.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu!

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

I love art, and I do lots of paintings and I keep an artistic bullet journal!

Q&A With American Ballerina Marina Profy

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was five.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at dance arts of Yardley but I am looking to change to ballet schools.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for about 4 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Grishko Ulanova

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet because my mom used to be a ballet dancer and she wanted me to take some classes.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is the Medora variation from Le Corsaire.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for San Fransisco Ballet or Miami City Ballet.

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

My favorite moment in ballet was when I first competed in YAGP.

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

My ballet role models are all my friends and people I take class with everyday.

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

The best advice I have ever received from a teacher was to never wish to be someone else because you can never be someone you are not. So you must use the things you like about them to better yourself, but never wish to be someone else or do something like them.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu for sure!

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

I love to go to the beach and go swimming when I’m not dancing!

 

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Caitlin Jonker

I recently had the opportunity to ask Caitlin Jonker some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Caitlin is an excellent dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace. Her dedication and love for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 6 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Queensland Ballet Academy

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for about 6 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Bloch Sonata

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet through watching other girls my age in competitions when I did jazz and tap

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

It’s hard to choose but I think my favourite variation is Odile. I absolutely love the challenge of the port de bra and exploring different ways to portray the character.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for Queensland Ballet Company or English National Ballet Company

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

My favourite ballet moment was when I got my first pair of pointe shoes, I was so excited to ‘be like the older girls’ at my school that I slept with them in my bed!

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

My ballet role models include Marianela Nunez, Natalia Osipova, Tyler Peck and Sylvie Guillem

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

The best advice I’ve received from a teacher is to imagine how your favourite dancer would do a step and then try to replicate

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu!

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

In my free time I love to read books, explore new parts of where I live and of course, watch Netflix!

 

Q&A With American Ballerina Koren LaPlant

I recently had the chance to ask Koren LaPlant some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Koren is an amazing dancer, she graces 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 when I was 5.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance with the Orlando Molina Ballet Training Center OMBTC it is a brand new conservatory program that only accepts 10 dancers.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for 5 years, so I was en pointe when I was 10.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Russian Pointe Safires.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Well originally I took a tumbling summer camp when I was 4 and there was a ballet part in it and the ballet teacher told my mom to put me in ballet so she did!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I love the Odette variation from swan lake, it’s my favorite!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to dance with the San Francisco ballet and the Royal ballet.

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

It was during my gymnastics practice (I used to be a gymnast as well) my mom told me I was accepted to go to the SAB summer intensive and I cried and had to go back to practice😂

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

Sylvie Guillem And Marianella Nunez.

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

Don’t hold back anything.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic tutu.

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

I love hanging out with friends, practicing makeup and drawing.

Q&A With American Ballerina Allison Whitley

I recently had the chance to ask Allison Whitely some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Allison is an excellent dancer, she takes to the stage with poise and elegance, her dedication and love for ballet is infectious. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I have danced since I can remember but I started formal training a year and a half ago.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at The Dallas Conservatory

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for 2 years now

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Russian pointe Sapfirs

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got seriously involved in ballet when I came to The Dallas conservatory’s summer intensive in 2016. After that I fell completely in LOVE with ballet!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

La Esmerelda or Kitri Act 3

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Houston ballet, ABT, Royal ballet, or San Francisco Ballet

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

Playing Clara at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas

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

Natalia osipova, Tyler Donatelli, Maria Khoreva ,and Misty Copeland

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

Relax, be more daring because dancing can never be perfect

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical!

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

Swim, riding bikes, hang with family💕

Q&A With American Ballerina Casy Vanden Berghe

I had the opportunity recently to ask Casy Vanden Berghe some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Casy is a phenomenal dancer, she graces 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?

I started ballet when I was 3 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Houston Ballet Academy.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for about 7 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Grishko 2007’s

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom started me in ballet when I was 3 and I haven’t stopped dancing since then.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I love a lot of variations but I think my favorite would be variation from Gisele act 1.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for Houston Ballet’s company.

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

I think my favorite memory in ballet was being able to perform Clara in San Francisco Ballet’s Company.

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

I love Natalia Osipova and Maria Kotchetkova.

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

I think the best advice I’ve received from a teacher would be to dance with my heart when I’m performing.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

In my free time I love to just chill and play with my dog 🙂

Q&A With Finnish Ballerina Iris Nikula

I recently had the opportunity to ask Iris Nikula some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Iris is an amazing dancer, she graces 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?

I started ballet when I was eight years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I will start at Finnish National Ballet School in august.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started using pointe shoes when I was nine or ten years old so I’ve been en pointe for about six years now.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Russian Pointe Rubin’s. Best pointe shoes I’ve tried so far.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My dad put me and my sisters in to a waiting list for a ballet school since we loved to dance. One day we got a pink letter which said that we were accepted. We were so excited and couldn’t wait to start ballet together. Since our first class we totally fell in love with ballet! ❤️

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

This is a hard question because I have so many! But I would say Harlequinade and Esmeralda have been my favorite so far!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I love Bolshoi and Mariinsky! Maybe some day😍

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

I have so many good memories and moments. The best ones are from stage! I remember when I danced my first variation on stage when I was twelve.  I was so happy!

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

Alina Somova and Iana Salenko😍❤️ Both are such amazing ballerinas!

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

Don’t compare yourself to other dancers.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical!❤️

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

I like to watch Netflix and go to the gym. I also love drawing!