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Q&A With Australian Ballerina Hannah Lyons

I recently had the chance to ask Hannah Lyons some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Hannha is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her passion and dedication to ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I did ballet for a short time when I was very little but started again when I was about 12 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently studying BA Modern Ballet at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I previously trained at Valerie Smith Stage School and full-time at Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy in my hometown of Sydney, Australia.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for around 6 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Energetiks Sapphire pointe shoes and have previously worn Bloch and Capezio.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I was taught very early on that classical ballet is the basis of all genres. I was already doing contemporary and jazz classes at my dance school and was very eager to start the eisteddfod competition groups. A requirement to join was that you had to do at least two ballet classes a week, so I signed up and have loved it ever since!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variations are Swanhilda Act 3 from Coppelia and Aurora Act 3 from The Sleeping Beauty.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

This is a very hard industry and to work for any company would be such an honour but some of my favourite companies are Scottish Ballet and The Australian Ballet.

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

My favourite ballet memories are performing my classical variation at Sydney Eisteddfod and also performing on the Sydney Opera House stage alongside my closest friends.

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

My biggest inspirations are Lucinda Dunn and Marianela Núñez, because of their artistry and ability to make it look so effortless.

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

A piece of advice that I was told before a performance and have never forgotten was from my teacher, Lucinda Dunn and she said ‘All of the hard work is done, don’t try and out do what you do in the classroom’.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical.

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

I love cooking, travelling, finding other ways to be creative and spending time with my friends and family.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Molly McCarthy

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started classical ballet at the age of 2

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy in Sydney Australia

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for about 6 years now

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Energetic pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

When I was young I used to dance around the house all day, so my parents decided ballet would be a great thing to start

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation would be Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux and Cupid

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

There are so many amazing companies but I love to watch Royal Ballet Company and the Australian Ballet Company perform

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

Performing on stage doing the lead role in Nutcracker

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

Mariners Nunez! But also icons like Sylvie, Sarah lamb and Iana Salenko

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

Dance to express not impress

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Love both!

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

I love to do Pilates, yoga, walk, travel to new places and spend time with family and friends.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Amara McHugh

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

Around 5. But never really got into it and took it seriously until I was about 13/14.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

At the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet in Melbourne.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

In pointe for about 7 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear energetiks, but have only been wearing them since last November. I used to wear Gaynor Minden previously.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mum is a teacher and ex-dancer so naturally she put me in it.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

omigod I love them all-so hard to pick. But my favs are: Marguerite and Armand, Juliet (R&J) And the Sylvia variation too. I could go on hahaha

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Love to be in Vienna State ballet (Wiener Staatsballett) or Boston Ballet

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

Not yet really

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

I love Sylvia Guillem. But also Lucia Lacarra, David Hallberg, and Misa Kuranaga

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

“just get back up”. And do it for you, no one else but yourself.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

This is a hard one because I love the romantic era but so many great ballets use a classical tutu. But probably the classical tutu.

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

So many things haha. I cook, hike, and read. Love testing out new recipes and experimenting with new flavours. I also love the science behind nutrition and how it benefits the body. Food is definitely a big passion of mine. Plus I really enjoy love getting outdoors and just exploring.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Alisa Timofeeva

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 9, which is quite later considering some have been going from 2 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently dancing full time at Queensland National Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started pointe when I was 12 years old, so I have been on pointe for over 3 years now.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Grishko 2007.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I idolised the idea of dancing en pointe, which motivated me to start ballet. Since that day I have been in love with ballet.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is Aurora Act III

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I love so many companies, especially in Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland. I probably wouldn’t be able to choose one I would love to work for as there are so many.

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

My absolute favourite memory was going en pointe and going to the dance store to get them. I was so excited and knew that everything that was coming was going to be great.

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

There are so many ballerinas who inspire me including Svetlana Zaharova, Natalia Osipova,Maria Khoreva

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

My best piece of advice would probably be to learn every role and piece, even if you dont think you need to as injuries happen and you want to be the dancer chosen to fill in because you know the roles well 😊

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu 100%

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

I like hanging out with my friends and spending time with my family. Because dancing takes up so much time, I rarely get to spend lots of time with family and friends.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Jade Wright

I recently had the opportunity to ask Jade Wright some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Jade is an incredible dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and strength. Her passion and dedication for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

11 years ago

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

The Conlan college

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

4 Years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Mirella

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I always just wanted to get into ballet since i was little

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Esmerelda

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I personally don’t want to work for a company i would rather use my dancing to teach or possibly a physiotherapist for dancers

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

Dance of champions in 2015

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

Dusty Button

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

Stand tall and be proud

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

Draw

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Zara Worne

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 4

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at The Conlan College

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear jet stream (which I love!)

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mum enrolled me in dance to begin with and I was involved in all styles such as tap, jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, hip hop. I was involved with all of these until I was about 15 then I decided to focus on Ballet only.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation would be from the Ballet Cinderella “fairy godmothers variation at the ball”

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for Sydney dance company as they have contemporary and neo-classical options

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

One of my favourite memories in ballet would be when I first learnt to pirouette en pointe! I had been so scared to try it, even though pirouettes on flat are strong for me and I enjoy them. I was in an open class and had no choice but to just try them and it was so exciting when I realized I could do it! I felt so free yet strong, it was amazing!

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

Misty Copeland is a major role model to me as she showed the ballet world that being strong and physically muscly is not something to be ashamed of but to embrace! There are major issues with eating disorders and appearance in the Ballet World and she has proved that being healthy and strong is far more beneficial! Her artistry is phenomenal, Misty is a joy to watch!

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

The best advice I received from a teacher was “don’t try to dance better than anyone else what matters is that you strive to dance your best.” This changed my whole frame of mind and work ethic for the better and I stopped comparing myself to others.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic!!, it reminds me of one of my favourite ballet’s Giselle. The longer tutus are simply divine and look beautiful on stage.

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

When I’m not dancing I work part time, keep active at the gym, and spend all of summer at the beach!

Q&A With Australian Dancer Chloe Young

I recently had the opportunity to ask Chloe Young some questions about her journey as a dancer, more specifically her time as a ballerina. Chloe is an amazing dancer, when she takes to the stage, she graces it with poise, strength and elegance. Her passion for dance is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing at the age of 2  and then progressed to full time ballet training at the age of 15. I then did a pre professional year with Sydney dance company at age 18.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am a a trainee with Sydney dance company currently.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

My repertoire doesn’t include pointe but I have danced en pointe for about 8 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I don’t currently wear pointe shoes. My last pair was groshko 2007

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got introduced to ballet from dance school. All of my siblings danced and I grown up dancing and I found a real passion to continue dancing further which is why I went full time

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation to watch and my favourite variation to dance would be very different.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I am very happy with where I am now when ch is with Sydney dance company

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

I had lots of great moments with ballet and just all moments when I’m happy and healthy

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

Growing up I loved many of the Russian ballerinas. I was so inspired by each and everyone

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

Person first, artist second and dancer third. This was said by my amazing course director from pre professional year at Sydney dance company, Linda Gamblin

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

If I’m on tour I love to explore the cities we are in and see as much as I can. If I’m at home I love to just put on some Netflix and really just relax

 

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Saskia S

I had a chance recently to ask Saskia S some questions about her wonderful journey as a ballerina. Saskia is an incredible dancer, she takes to the stage with great poise and elegance. Her passion and dedication for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 11 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

At full time ballet school in Australia.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

About a year and a half now

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Grishko 2007

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I fell in love with ballet at the age of 4, watching barbie nutcracker. I knew from then on that’s how I wanted to spend the rest of my life.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Currently Girlfriends in Don Quixote Act 1

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I love the Dutch National Ballet but realistically, I’d be thrilled to work with any European company willing to take me.

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

I love the feeling when things just work out, when you feel on top of everything and know for even a split second, that there’s nowhere else you’d rather be

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

Michaela DePrince, Misty Copeland, Sylvia Guillem, Marianela Núñez, I could go on and on…

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

Focus on the present, the best you can do here and now, in this moment and don’t worry about the outcome.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love both classic and romantic tutus in different ways.

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

Hah! Spare time. The little I have of it I like to read and write, listen to music and spend time with friends and family.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Romy Adair

I had the opportunity recently to ask Romy Adair some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Romy is an incredible dancer, she takes to the stage with a high level of poise and grace. Her passion and dedication for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

Started ballet at 4, but seriously working towards a ballet career at 14,

2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Ballet West, Scotland

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for 4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear custom Bloch pointe shoes- a mixture of serenade triple strong and sonata strong.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I love Angelina ballerina so that’s why I started

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is either – Grande Pas or Gamzatti

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work in any company! But I’m particularly interested in working in the US or in Europe.

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

I love doing our annual tour with ballet West, we have recently done swan lake and Giselle which is so amazing to be apart of. I am going to Hong Kong to compete in the genee in August which will be amazing.

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

I love Beatriz Stir-Brunell, Yasmin Naghdi, sarah lamb and Natasha Sheehan.

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

Your journey is separate from everyone else’s.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

I love cooking vegan food, going on walks, reading and watch YouTube videos.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Ally Champion

I had the chance recently to ask Ally Champion some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Ally is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance. 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 Queensland National Ballet school

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Grishko pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My Mum was a ballet dancer so she enrolled me when I was little

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is tchaikovsky pas de deux

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company is ENB

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

My favourite ballet memory is my European audition tour

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

My role models are Evgenia Obraztsova and Maria Kotchetkova

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

The best advice I’ve been given is to relax and enjoy my dancing and not to stress about being perfect. To dance because I love it and not get so caught up in how perfectly I perform

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 cooking and making new recipes!! I also love going to the beach