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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 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 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 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 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 ✨

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Emma Mortimer

I recently had the opportunity to ask Emma Mortimer some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Emma is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with poise and gtace, her passion and love for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was about 5 doing 1 class a week, and I got into ballet seriously around age 14

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am lucky enough to dance at New Zealand School of Dance

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Since I was about 12

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Bloch Synergy

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My older sister did ballet so I had to come along to dance classes anyway, and I ended up loving it

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I love any of Aurora’s variations because the music is so beautiful, but I also love Kitri’s strong solos

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Royal Ballet is the dream of course but I would love to either work somewhere in Australia like Queensland Ballet or West Australian Ballet, or anywhere in Europe

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

I love the feeling of performing variations, because you work so hard on them and you can deliver them well on stage. Finishing a performance and knowing you’ve done it well is a nice moment

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

Marianela Nuñez is my all time favourite ballerina that inspires me, but I am also inspired by the people in the years above me at school and people who have been accepted into companies because they show that it is possible to get where you want to be

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

Dance as big as possible, you want to fill up the room so it is only you in it, use your plié and also be a smart dancer as well as a good dancer

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical always

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

I love hanging out with my friends, reading books and exploring the city

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 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 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 Australian Ballerina Paige Rochester

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing at the age of 3.  I was learning Ballet, Jazz and contemporary.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance with The Queensland Ballet, in Brisbane Queensland.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been dancing en Pointe for 9 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I Currently Bloch pointe shoes in the style heritage.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I always wanted to dance, so I asked my parents to take me.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

One of my favourite Variations is Esmeralda. I love this variation because it has many challenging aspects and there is plenty of personality.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I love dancing where I am currently but another one of my favourite company’s is American Ballet Theatre.

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

I have many memorable memories from so many ballets. I always have great memories whenever I get to perform in the Nutcracker dancing –  Snowflakes, rats, Spanish, flowers.

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

An Artist who really inspires me is Jurgita Dronina. Also a soloist with Queensland Ballet, Neneka Yoshida.

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

It’s all done with smoke and mirrors. Trust in myself.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love both styles of tutus. They are quite different to each other, which is very special and crucial in many Ballets.  But I do love how the romantic tutu floats in the air, when I jump.

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

In my free time I love to cook and create food. Also I love exploring with my friends. Getting out and about