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Q&A With Australian Ballerina Ashlee Crowe

I recently had the chance to ask Ashee Crowe some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Ashlee is an incredible journey. She takes to the stage with incredible poise and elegance, her passion and love for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at age 4 but moved to a proper school when I was 6/7

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Royal Ballet School in London after moving from The Australian Conservative of Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been dancing en pointe since I was 10 so about 6 and a half years now!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently switch between Freed of London shoes and Energetiks (almaz).

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet from watching River Dance (Irish Dancing) that my grandma had once recoded for me on TV. I would watch it for hours and try and copy everything, so I said to my mum that I should start ballet and then slowly transition into Irish Dancing! Well obviously that didn’t happen! I got hooked into ballet and have never stopped ❤️

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variations would have to be Carmen, Juliet (from Romeo and Juliet) and Manon from the party scene!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Honestly anything would be amazing it is my ultimate dream to dance in any company no matter how big or small! But, my favourite company to dance with would be Royal Ballet.

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

When I was accepted into Royal Ballet School it was a dream come true! I was in Paris at the time and it felt like I was floating on a cloud! It was something I had wanted for so long and I couldn’t quite believe it was happening to me.

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

I think Marianela Núñez is the absolute queen of ballet and I love watching anything she preforms as she is so versatile. I also love Sarah Lamb and Akane Takada!

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

The best advice I have gotten from a teacher is, you have done all the hard work everything has been practiced again and again and of course you will still be growing as a dancer everyday but just do it now, execute and perform as the only way to show who you are is if you give it all you have and go for it!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic tutu! It makes your leg lines look so nice and it’s often more comfortable… hehe

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

I love spending time with friends and cooking healthy food! I also love reading and going shopping.

Q&A With American Ballerina River Stenz

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I got involved with ballet when I was around 9 years old but didn’t get serious until much much later.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance with Next Generation Ballet in Tampa, Florida but I want to dance with Houston Ballet. (I’m currently at an in between stage and looking to take a step towards getting into a company)

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 wear Suffolk Spotlights!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I started dancing because my sister was dancing. My mom asked if I wanted to try it so she put me in. I honestly didn’t really like it at first 😂

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I loveeee Kitri act 3 and Raymondas Dream variation

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I have many, but I would love to dance for Houston Ballet or Miami City Ballet

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

That ones difficult to answer, I don’t think I could pick one moment specifically, I’ve had so many, both good and bad, that have made me who I am.

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

I adore Marianela Nunez, Iana Salenko, Maria Kotchekova and Karina Gonzolez

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

I’ve had different teachers over the years tell me many different things that I love, but there have been a few who have said this one thing in similar ways, so I’ve kind of put it together how I’ve learned to interpret it from different people: Sometimes we worry so much about what we look like on the outside that we forget about what’s happening within. You have to dance from the inside out otherwise all you’re doing is making positions. The difference between a good dancer and a great one is when they dance from the heart

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical!!

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

I love to read!! I’m also into art and painting.

Q&A With Luxembourg Ballerina Claire Theisen

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started when I was 5 in a private school in my country.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at the ‘Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg’.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started doing pointe shoes when I was 9 years old. So I’ve been on pointe for over 8 years already.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I am in love with my ‘Gaynor Minden’ pointeshoes! I’ve tried so many different brands until I’ve stuck with Gaynor Minden.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mum took me out of gymnastics because she wanted me to become a ballet dancer as she found it more elegant.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is Esmeralda. But I also love more neoclassical variations as for example in Forsyths ‘In the middle of somewhat’ the variation of the ‘Relevé Girl’.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Actually I want to become a contemporary dancer so my dream is it to enter the NDT company.

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

Let me think… I’ve experienced so much in Ballet that I don’t have a favourite moment. I enjoy every day in class with my amazing friends.

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

I am a big fan of some social media ballet dancers as for example Dusty Button, Tate Mcrae, Reina Stam, Claudia Hastings, Juliet Doherty and lots more… But I’ve to admit that my ballet teacher is my main role model! She’s so amazing and I love her. I’ve learned so much from her.

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

Ohh I’ve got so many good advices but one I always keep in my mind is that even if your technique is not the best one you can be one of the greatest dancers if you express yourself. Because in the audience of a performance there are mostly people that do understand nothing of dance so they can’t tell if you do mistakes but they can tell if you enjoy dancing!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Defenitely classical tutu! Since I was a kid I always wanted to wear a tutu like that but in our dance school we don’t get that chance so often that’s why I’ve only worn a real classical tutu once for the esmeralda variation.

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

I am a passionate art student and I go to the scouts. I am also an actress and a model so I like being in front of a camera.

 

Q&A With American Ballerina Daniela Thorne

I recently had the opportunity to ask Daniela Thorne some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Daniela is a phenomenal 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 at age 4

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently train at UNCSA (University of North Carolina School for the Arts) and I love it.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 5 years now.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Freed Classic Pro 90 (Hearts)

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mother was a ballet dancer, so she enrolled me.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Hard to say, I love Giselle Act 1, but I also love the Odette variation in Act 2 of Swan Lake, and of course Kitri Act 3.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I hate to narrow myself down when I have no idea what the future holds. I admire so many companies, but it really ends depends on what companies are looking for at the time and what will work best for me. Ultimately I want to be in a place that makes me happy so that I keep improving and become the best version of myself as a dancer and a person.

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

I remember performing at the final round at Yagp in 2017 at age 14 at the David Koch theater. The stage was so big and there were over 2 thousand people in the audience and the energy from the crowd was unreal. My whole experience in Lausanne was a huge part of my growth as a dancer and definitely one of my favorite memories as well.

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

I always draw inspiration from watching current dancers such as Marianela Nunez, and of course Gillian Murphy (who I am fortunate enough to call my friend).

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

Always show why you love dance, and most importantly who you are.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical 🙂

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

I LOVE to read and write! Journaling always helps me relax and reading inspires me and takes me somewhere else whenever life gets me a little stressful.

 

Q&A With American Ballerina Annabelle Thrash

I had the chance recently to ask Annabelle Thrash some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Annabelle is an amazing 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, but I started my classical training at 5!

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at 2 studios: South Mississippi Ballet Theatre and DanceSouth.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I got my first pair of pointe shoes when I was 10. I have been en pointe for 3 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Gaynor Mindens.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom put me in ballet when I was 3 and I have loved it ever since!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I don’t have a particular favorite variation, but I love all of the kitri variations!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to dance for Colorado Ballet or Joffrey Ballet!

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

I don’t have a favorite memory!

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

One of my favorite dancers is Sylvie Guillem!

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

Some of the best advice I have ever received is to focus on the in between steps. 1: the impact it can have on a variation is amazing. 2: it makes all of the steps look like a dance rather than a bunch of tricks!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic!

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

I go to school, so I usually don’t have very much free time! But in my free time I love to play tennis and be with my friends and family!

Q&A With American Ballerina Erin Arndorfer

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing when I was pretty young, but was a competition dancer. I focused on mainly tap, jazz, and lyrical. It wasn’t until I was 14 that I really started ballet.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently a dancer on the Studio Company at Colorado Ballet.

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 currently wear Freed Classic Pro pointe shoes with a hard shank. I wear a few different makers depending on what is in stock, but my favorite is the D maker.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I was accepted into a performing arts high school called Chicago Academy for the Arts and they required the dancers to take ballet everyday (and also go on pointe).  That was when I got involved in ballet!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

That is such a hard question!! If I had to try and pick one variation that is my favorite, I would probably say Gamzatti Act 1. Playing Gamzatti in La Bayadere is one of my dream roles because she is such a strong character. I love the variation because it has so many jumps and I love grand allegro!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

A dream company for me has always been the Royal Ballet. I danced in Europe for a year as a Trainee with the Dutch National Ballet and I would love to go back to Europe to dance. There are so many companies I would love to dance for but all the companies in the UK really catch my eye (Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet).

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

I have a lot of memorable moments in ballet but I think my favorite actually happened this past April. I was able to guest with Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre and perform the role of Cinderella. This was my first principal role in a full length ballet, so it was a pretty big moment for me. I learned so much in the process and I was able to share the stage with my friend Yosvani Ramos as my Prince. He is a Principal dancer with Colorado Ballet so I am constantly looking up to him. He was so much fun to perform with and he really helped me prepare for the role.

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

My favorite dancer is Marianela Nuñez from the Royal Ballet. She is so strong, technical, and artistic….in my opinion there is no other dancer like her. There are a lot of dancers that inspire me but some of my favorites are Soo Youn Cho from Houston Ballet, Maia Makhateli and Anna Ol from Dutch National Ballet,  Isabella Boylston and Skylar Brandt from ABT, and Leta Biasucci from PNB.

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

To relax!! I tend to be really tense but as I’ve gotten older I’ve started to understand how to control it.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical Tutu

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

I like to hangout with family and friends and walk or bike around and explore the city.

Q&A With American Ballerina Caitlin Van Driessche

I recently had the opportunity to ask Caitlin Van Driessche some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Caitlin is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with poise, elegance and grace. Her passion and love for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when i was six, and I started to train professionally when I was about 13.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I just finished my second year as a trainee with Nashville Ballet. And I this summer I am with The Athens Theatre performing in Broadway shows.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 7 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Suffolk, Stellars

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got involved just by being inspired from older dancers and it became a goal of mine.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is probably the dying swan.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would absolutely love to be in a Broadway company.

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

My favorite moment from ballet was when I tried on my first pair of pointe shoes.

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

I look up to many professional dancers, but my main inspiration comes from those that i am surrounded by everyday. I find that they push me the most and I learn from them.

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

The beat advice I have ever received is do think one thing at a time. We often get too caught up in what is coming up, that we loose what we are doing in that moment.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

While I find that I dance in a romantic tutu more often, I love the look of a classical tutu.

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

In my free time I spend a lot of it with my family, reading, knitting, or cuddling with my dog.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Abbey Haller

I recently had the chance to ask Abbey Haller some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Abbey is an amazing 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?

When I was two and a half

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Queensland national ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

4 years I think

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Grishko Novas

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Always wanted to do ballet since I was 2, I was saying ballet around the house and was dancing in front of the tv and around the house. I was always walking around on my toes trying to be a ballerina. So my mum decided to put me in ballet lessons. And I have  absolutely loved it.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Don’t have one, love so many. But currently doing Esmeralda.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Have never had a dream company or anything like that. So not sure to be honest. All schools and company’s are great for different reasons.

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

Love every moment but probably just dancing every day at Queensland National Ballet. And watching companies perform on stage.

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

Yanela piñera and Marianela Núñez. And more but these are my favourites

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

Hard question, but probably, you can’t be anyone else but yourself so don’t try and be like anyone else when your on stage be the best version of you and do the best that you can.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

Not really ever not dancing and if I’m not dancing I’m doing school but love being with friends in any spare time.

 

Q&A With American Ballerina Maggie Whyte

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

Two and a half years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently a trainee at Ballet West

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Going on 10 years- I start pointe fairly young

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Suffolk solo hard shank, but I 3/4 them

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My parents put me in ballet as one of many activities to try and it stuck right away

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Paquita Wedding has a special place in my heart, but I honestly just love doing variations and couldn’t pick an all time favorite

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

It would be amazing to be with Ballet West or Dutch National in the future

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

I don’t think I have a single favorite moment in ballet, but rather there are so many moments- good and bad- that have shaped me into the dancer I am and I wouldn’t change any of them.

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

Emily Adams at Ballet West is a personal idol and mentor of mine. She has been so amazing to get to know and being able to talk personally with one of my role models is a great honor. She is tall and gorgeous, yet can move in every way at any speed and that is something I’m trying to work towards. I’m also in love with Sylvie Guillem.. I mean how could you not be!

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

One of the best things I’ve learned in this career is:

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you have- Natural ability only takes you part of the way, the rest comes from not only working hard, but working hard, and have the heart to go for it. You’re only going to make it in this art form if you do it all and work with what you have to the best of your abilities.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Probably classical, I like seeing how the legs are working

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

I love reading, music, hiking, brunch is always a good idea, and being with the people who love and support me every step of the way!

Q&A With Japanese Ballerina Risa Takeshima

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 3 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

The Australian Conservatoire of ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

For 12 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Grishko

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

When I was young, I really like to dance, and then I watched ballet video.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Grand pas Classic

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

English National ballet

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

All performances are my great memories.

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

Akane Takada and Katherine Barkman

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

Don’t Forget to “dance”

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I prefer classical tutu

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

I like to go to cafes and have good coffee or tea.