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Q&A With Australian Ballerina Bella Cort

I recently had the chance to ask Bella Cort some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Bella is an excellent dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace, her passion and love for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

Started ballet when I was 4, but commuted to pre-professional training at age 14.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Currently dance in England.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Been en pointe for 6 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Currently wearing Merlet Divas.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mum always said that I was always dancing around as a child, so putting me in to ballet classes just made sense.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Favourite? Too many to choose from, but Giselle is definitely a classic.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Absolute dream of mine has always been to dance for the Paris Opera Ballet.

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

Performing a pas de deux with a live Opera singer. The atmosphere on stage was simply magical!

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

Maria Kotchetkova has always been an inspiration of mine. From how she dances to what she wears, and the ideals she talks about. Everything about her inspires me. Others include Sylvie Guillem, Evgenia Obratsova and Aurelie Dupont.

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

“Don’t overthink it”

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic tutu.

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

I’m a big health fanatic, so cooking and discovering new recipes is a big passion of mind. Also spend a fair bit of my time doing art.

 

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Georgia Waite

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 5 I started ballet

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

The Australian ballet school

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for 5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

At the moment I am wearing Bloch Axiom

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mum decided me to put me in a ballet class and that’s how it all started

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

This is tough one but I love the variation Grand pas classique

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to dance with the Australian Ballet company or the Royal Ballet Company

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

It was attending summer intensives in Europe. I love meeting new friends and amazing teachers from around the world. It was also being accepted into the Australian ballet school where I train at the moment

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

Marianela Nunez and Natalia Osipova inspire me. They are incredible ballet dancers

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

Making a mistake gives an opportunity to improve and do it better

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I prefer a Tutu 💌

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

I love to spend time with my friends

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Jasmine Henry

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing at 4 years old, but began full time ballet training at 12.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance full time at Pevnev Ballet Academy.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been dancing en pointe for 5 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Bloch Synergy pointe shoes!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My parents put me into dance classes very young because I loved moving around to music! I started doing all different types of dance (acro, tap, modern ect.) and as I got older I developed a love for classical ballet.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is the Dying Swan because of the connection between the dancer and the music, it is heartbreaking to watch and perform.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would work with any company, as long as I am dancing 🙂 I would love to dance with a Russian company such as Mariinsky or Bolshoi theatre.

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

My favourite memory from ballet was being accepted into the Vaganova Ballet academy this May! It had been my dream since I was 12! Another of my favourite moments in Ballet was when I was given the opportunity to perform the lead role of Giselle in the production of Giselle at the quarry amphitheatre in Perth. Act 2 has beautiful music and is very emotional 🙂

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

My role models in ballet are Natalia Osipova, Evgenia Obraztsova and Diana Vishneva!

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

The best advise I have ever received in Ballet is to be free when you are dancing, don’t let your thoughts trap the movement!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu!

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

I love to hang out with my family and cook!

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Chelsea Marriott

I recently had the opportunity to ask Chelsea Marriott some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Chelsea is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace, her passion and dedication for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started Ballet 3 years ago

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at Rogerson Elite Classical Training

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 2 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Repetto La Carlotta

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I was going to a jazz school and decided I wanted to improve my ballet, then I just fell in love and moved to Rogerson Elite Classical Training

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Probably Aurora Act 3 or Kitri act 1 and 3

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Royal Ballet

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

Yes, my favourite memory was when I started full-time… I started with my best friend and then 2 years later here I am

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

Darcy Bussel and Sara Andrlon

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

To pick which criticism goes in one ear and out the other and keep the constructive criticism that will help me to improve

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical Tutu

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

Well I also love horses so in my free time I love doing school work and spending time with my horse

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Molly Sawyer

I recently had the opportunity to ask Molly Sawyer some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Molly is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise, elegance and grace. Her passion and dedication to ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at the age of 12 and a half

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently in my first year at The New Zealand School of Dance

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for about 4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I am currently switching between Gaynor Mindens and Energetiks Sapphire

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Since the age of 4 I had always done jazz and lyrical and at the age of 11 mum took me to my first ballet ‘Swan Lake’ danced by the Australian Ballet and afterwards I just fell in love and I wanted to dance like the “princesses” on stage, my studio at the time didn’t have ballet so I had to move. Best decision of my life!!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation at the moment is Grace Fairy from sleeping beauty

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for San Fransisco ballet or National ballet of Canada

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

Yes my favourite memory would have to be dancing with the Russian Imperial Ballet – The Nutcracker

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

My inspiration, the person I have always looked up to is Misty Copeland

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

The best advice I’ve ever received would have to be “never ever forget how hard you’ve worked to get where you are, look back and take everything in, Every compliment, every critique and appreciate it. You are who you are because of your journey”

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Definitely romantic tutu!!!

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

When I’m not dancing I’m either talking about dancing or in the Pilates studio strengthening but I absolutely love spending time with friends and going on walks to clear my head and appreciate everything that’s around me.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Imogen Walters

I recently had the opportunity to ask Imogen Walters some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Imogen is an incredible dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and elegance, her passion and love for ballet is infectious, there is no doubt Imogen will be inspiring the next generation of dancers. Her determination and love for ballet is unparalleled. Watching her grow and mature as a dancer has been incredible and watching an Adelaide dancer reach her goal of gaining acceptance into Vaganova Ballet in St Petersburg has been inspiring. Below are her responses.

From St Peter’s to St Petersburg: Adelaide teenager’s dance dream begins

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 6, but I didn’t start professional full time training until I was 15

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently privately training with my teacher Valentina Pavlova, but at the end of August I am moving to St Petersburg to study at the Vaganova Ballet Academy

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Gaynor Minden

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet when my mum took me to ballet class to give me something to spend my energy on (I was a very hyperactive kid)

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have lots of variations that I like, but I love lilac fairy variation from act 3 of Sleeping beauty, as well as Odette’s Variation from swan lake, Medora from act 3 of Le Corsaire and Raymonda’s variation from the dream scene (ballet Raymonda)

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for any company in Russia or Europe, but my two favourites are Bolshoi and Mariinsky

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

My favourite moment was when I passed my exams at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, and when I found out that I had been accepted into the Vaganova Ballet Academy

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

Dancers that inspire me are Svetlana Zakharova, Alina Somova, Diana Vishneva, Oksana Skorik, Maria Khoreva and Ana Turazishavilli (I think that’s how you spell it😂)

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

The best advice that I have received from a teacher is that in order to be successful, first of all you have to overcome yourself (the first hurdle is always the limits you put on yourself, mental blocks etc)

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical, I have never worn a romantic tutu

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

In my free time I sew pointe shoes, watch ballet on YouTube

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Q&A With Australian Ballerina Abby Morgan

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 4 but it was just a hobby for me until I was 12 then i realised I wanted to hopefully make a career out of it one day

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at The Royal Ballet School in London but before I moved to London I danced at Classical Coaching Australia, in Brisbane Australia

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I went en pointe when I was 12.5 so 5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I switch between Energetiks and Freed of London

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

When I was younger I was very clumsy so my mum put me in ballet to help to try and improve my clumsiness but it didn’t really help, I’m still clumsy! 😂

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have so many variations that I love so one of my favourite is Tchaikovsky pas de deux

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would honestly be over the moon to work with any company, as long as I’m dancing I am happy

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

My favourite ballet memory is when I found out I got into the Prix de Lausanne competition as it was always a dream for me.

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

Marianela Nunez inspires me and also Alina Cojocaru

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

There was a teacher that didn’t teach me for very long but she was an ex dancer in Vienna State Opera and San Francisco Ballet and she told me to never say no and although that may not make a whole lot of sense to everyone I understood what she was saying and will remember that for as long as I am dancing

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Probably Classical

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

I like to be with my friends and go shopping or just relax

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Tahlia Buckley

I had the opportunity recently to ask Tahlia Buckley some questions are recently about her journey as a ballerina. Tahlia is an excellent dancer, her passion and love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing when I was 3

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Annette Roselli Ballet Academy

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

2 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Bloch Heritage

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My Mum thought that I would look cute in a little tutu so she put me to Ballet class and I have kept going with it ever since

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

La fille mal gardee

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Dutch National or Royal Ballet

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

Probably my first day of full time because, I was able to do what I love everyday

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

Mariners Nunez or Jane divine

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

Don’t waste time go in there and get the job done 😂

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

In my free time I love to watch gossip girl and go shopping with friends

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Tianna Koolloos

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at the age of 3.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently am studying at The Conlan College in Sydney Australia soon to be moving to Chicago go study at the Joffrey Academy full time

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe since the age of 10 so I’ve been on pointe for 6 years. But many ups and downs while on pointe due to bone stress in the second metatarsal that prevented me from going on pointe for half a year

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I am currently wearing Repetto pointe shoes, I love them definitely my favourite pointe shoe atm

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet at the age of 3 because I was always dancing around the house so Mum thought it would be a good idea to put me in ballet and here we are today!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

finding a favourite variation is hard because I love them all but I really enjoyed the soft more quiet variations that show feeling.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for Joffrey Chicago as they have a diverse repertoire. The company members are amazing as well! But there are so many company’s out there in the world that are doing so amazing works at the moment

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

I have so many amazing ballet moments and memories but definitely being taught by some of the worlds best teachers and choreographers is a highlight and anytime I get to dance on stage is a pretty magical and memorable.

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

I have again many ballet role models but someone who I look up to and is an amazing mentor to me is Dusty Button. She has taught me so much and how to dance and step out of your comfort zone. I love how she doesn’t change who she is the fit into this so called “ballet world” she is who she is and I truly look up to that. She is a humble and genuine person and she Is lovely to be around. I’m so thankful to have met her and for her guidance into this crazy ballet world.

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

One of the best advice I have been given by a teacher is to breathe and believe. We all go through those stage in life where you don’t believe in yourself and having this person right beside me along the way to help me through all the rough patches really meant a lot

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

I love to hang with friends and family when I’m not dancing. It’s so nice to just unwind and do something not related to dance. But I really like sleeping in my free time. Hahaha

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Martelle Cho

I had the opportunity recently to ask Martelle Cho some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Martelle is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace. Her passion and love for ballet is amazing. Below are hre 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 The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet and will commence my training at John Cranko Schule in Germany in September this year.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

About 6ish years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Almaz Energetiks pointe shoes.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Mum had always loved ballet but never had the opportunity to learn it, so she decided to enrol me in a couple of classes at my local ballet school.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I couldn’t pick! I love so many, but one of my favourites is the Black Swan Variation, Odile’s solo.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I’d ultimately love Stuttgart Ballet or Royal Ballet, but I would honestly be happy to have the opportunity to dance in any company.

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

Having the opportunity to dance in the Australian Conservatoire International Ballet Gala at The Art Centre in Melbourne with many guest artists such as Vadim Muntagirov, Akane Takada, Benjiman Ella and Joy Womack.

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

I love Marienella Nunez, Akane Takada and Vadim Muntagirov. I love their movement, control, presence, calmness and consistency on stage.

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

Don’t over think the steps and to remember to breathe while dancing.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Both are gorgeous.

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

In my free time, I love going out to brunch with friends, walks with my family or I love surfing the net for my other interest; houses, architecture and design!