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.