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Q&A With Australian Ballerina Ryley Boardman

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet in 2005 but found a passion for it in 2014,

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at Queensland National Ballet School

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started pointe in 2014

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Grishko 2007 pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mother introduced me to ballet at a young age.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is Maurice Bejarts’ “Bhakti”

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for HET National Ballet or Staats Ballet Berlin.

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

My favourite memory so far is when I first started ballet at QLD national ballet as I was very new to the syllabus and it’s good for me to see how far I have come since I started.

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

I look up to Natalia Osipova and Petra Conti, they are both very different and they both push themselves so hard and are not afraid to be themselves.

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

Best advice I have received, is if you make a mistake, always finish every position and use the next sequence as a new start and pretend like it didn’t even happen.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I prefer classical tutus

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

When I have spare time I like to cook for my family or create a new sewing project creating clothes out of recycled pieces.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Maya Nye

I recently had the oppportunity to ask Maya Nye some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Maya is an incredible dancer, she takes to the stage with elegance, 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 3 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at The Dance Company Brisbane and Take private lessons at Claudia Dean Coaching

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Approximately 5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Grishko 2007’s

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

When my family moved to Queensland, my older sister joined a local ballet school and eventually so did I.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I love so many different variations but my favourite variation which I have performed was raymonda pizzicato 💕👌🏻

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I love so many companies but my all time favourites are the English National ballet or the San Fransisco Ballet 😍😍

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

My favourite ballet memory is a recent accomplishment of mine, which receiving a scholarship to the English national ballet school – where I begin this September !!!

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

I have so many ballet inspirations but my top 3 would have to be Marinella Nunez, Olesya Novikova and Natalia Osipova ♥️♥️

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

It’s pretty simple but just to “Breathe”

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Both 😍

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

In my free time, I love to spend time with my family and friends

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Charlotte Nye

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started classical dancing when I was 4 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently dancing at the Dance Company in Brisbane, Australia, in the Allegro Program.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for around 3 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear the topaz pointe shoe from Energetics.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mother and my brother both danced before me.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

The wedding variation in Coppelia, act 3 is my favourite variation.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company would be the Royal Ballet Company, or the American Ballet Theatre.

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

I couldn’t choose a particular favourite ballet memory, however, it is always special when I make the audience feel something with my dancing.

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

A few of my ballet role models include: Marianela Núñez, Yasmin Naghdi.

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

The best advice I have received from my teachers is to REALLY dance. Once all of the technical sides have come together… you can then lift the eyeline, extend your lines further, and combine it with the artistry and the performance aspect of your dancing, until you can then put your hours of training to the test on stage and have a professional outcome.

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 like to make things – all sorts of things! Like cooking recipes or crafts.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Hana Nonaka A

I had the chance recently to ask Hana Nonaka A some questions are her journey as a ballerina. Hana is an amazing dancer, she dances with poise and grace, her dedication and passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

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Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 3 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

At The dance company Brisbane @thedancecompanybrisbane

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I first went on pointe when I was 9 but I only did a very minimal amount and gradually I built up my strength

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Energetics; Sapir (equivalent to Russian pointe brand)

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My Mum saw a girl walking down the street in a pink tutu and Mum thought it was a Halloween costume but when she commented “I love her costume” the mother said she just came from a ballet and then she entered me to my first ballet class!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I don’t have a favourite but some of my top ones are: 3rd shade, Pas de trois (swan lake), medora variation, kitri act 3

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I’m still thinking about that since there are so many AMAZING companies out there!

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

I don’t have one! Haha but I will keep working until I get one

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

Marianela Nuñez, May Nagahisa, Bianca Scudamore, Svetlana Zakharova and there are many more but these are my top ones

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

Mmmm that’s hard…. I think it might be “The ballet world is harsh, it’s competitive, at times mean and It causes a lot of blood, sweat and tears. But if you keep working when no ones watching you can become something no one thought you could”

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

ooooh I think I like the classical tutu

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

I love doing girly things like shopping, experimenting with makeup but I love watching YouTube videos and Netflix and I also enjoy meditation 🧘‍♀️

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Rose Dalton

I recently had the chance to ask Rose Dalton some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Rose is a phenomenal dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise, grace and beauty. Her dedication and passion for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I was 4 years old when I started to learn ballet

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently train at the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart Germany

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started on pointe when I was 11 and a half, so that’s 5 years now!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

At the moment I am wearing both Freed of London and Capezio pointe shoes.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I started ballet because my neighbour who was a ballerina suggested to my mum to take me to our local ballet school which I ended up being at for 10 years!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

There are so many it’s impossible to choose an overall favourite however I particularly love the White Swan variation from Swan Lake!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would really like to work with the Stuttgart Ballet and I do dream of dancing in Russia one day! However in this extremely tough ballet world I would truly be grateful to begin anywhere!

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

My favourite ballet memory is from earlier this year when I danced in Swan Lake with the Stuttgart Ballet! It was my first professional ballet and it was an amazing challenge, experience and feeling to be a swan!

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

My favourite ballet dancers are Svetlana Zakharova and Marianela Nuñez. I also never get used to watching Friedemann Vogel dance!

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

Probably just to “be yourself” because we are all different and there is something special unique about every dancer. In other words never try to be somebody you are not because that person is already taken!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical!

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

I like to spend time with my friends, go for walks and explore new places!

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Sasha Dreyer

I recently had the pleasure of asking the amazing Sasha Dreyer some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Sasha is an amazing dancer. She graces the stage with real poise and grace. Her passion and dedication for ballet is phenomenal. Sasha will no doubt inspire the next generation of dancers. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 3 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at the ‘Akademie des Tanzes’ Mannheim, Germany.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for almost 7 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear ‘Sansha Ovation 3/4’ pointe shoes.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

From a young age I was always drawn to dancing and ballet in particular. I was a big fan of the children’s cartoon “Angelina Ballerina” and the show really sparked my love at the young age. I begged my parents to let me take ballet lessons and from that moment on I never stopped.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I really love Raymonda’s dream variation and wish to perform it one day.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

At this point in my life I can’t name just one particular company I would work for but my big dream is to work for a large well established ballet company. To name a few… Staatsballet Berlin, English National Ballet, The Australian Ballet, ABT.

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

My favourite memories are usually performances! The feeling you get when the audience is applauding is unlike anything else and it makes me feel so grateful for what I do. My annual end of year performances I did when I was younger and studying at home are memories that I always cherish and the performances were something I looked forward to every year. Most recently I was able to perform in a ballet gala in Karlsruhe, Germany and that was most definitely an unforgettable moment. Being able to take class, watch, and meet some of the most incredible dancers of this time was undeniably a moment to never forget.

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

I am really big fan of Natalia Osipova. Just like her, I am small myself and she has proven to be one that could not be missed with insane Allegro and height in her jumps along with a very charismatic stage presence.

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

The best advice I’ve ever received from a teacher is to know what you are good at and show yourself off! As we know, everyone has strengths and weaknesses and the best thing we can do is work with what we have. Aspects such as coordination and port de bras come very natural to me and so I have learnt to use these positive traits in order to present myself in the best way possible, even if I haven’t naturally been gifted with everything a ballet dancer would hope for.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

This is a hard choice to make! To be honest I am a fan of both but I may have to go with the classical tutu.

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

When I’m not dancing, I enjoy going out with my friends, especially outside like a park or pool in the summer. During the colder months I enjoy cooking and baking with them too. I have also recently gotten into podcasts and so I enjoy my alone time relaxing on my days off while still getting in a bit of education and enlightenment.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Kendall Gray

I recently had the chance to ask Kendall Gray some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Kendall is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with poise and strength, her determination and passion is phenomenal. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 3 years old because my podiatrist recommend I start it due to my rolling feet.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at the Tanya Pearson Academy in Sydney, Australia but will be starting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in September.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for 7 years (since age 11).

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Energetiks pointe shoes in the style Sapfir. I have very narrow, small feet so really love the streamlined look of the shoes.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

(kinda answered already) My parents put my into ballet classes when I was 3 years old at the recommendation of my podiatrist as my feet rolled rather badly. Throughout my training “don’t roll, Kendall” has been a very frequent correction as I strive to lift my arches. Though I no longer hear this correction as much, it’s still something that I have to be very conscious of correcting.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is the Gamzatti Temple variation (Marianela Nunez doing this variation is one of my all time favourite things!)

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would honestly love to work for whatever ballet company offers me a contract! It’s such a cutthroat profession and there’s so many good dancers and not enough jobs for all of them that I know I can’t be too restrictive when looking at the companies that I would like to be a part of.

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

This is going to sound rather cliche but every moment on stage is a treasured memory. That constricting, nervous feeling you get right before going on that slowly dissolves as you begin to dance is always so euphoric! I love being on stage and it always reminds me of why I do ballet; because I love it.

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

Marianela Nunez is my favourite ballerina and biggest inspiration. She doesn’t just dance the roles, she performs them and fully embraces whatever character she is portraying. Alina Cojocaru, Natalia Osipova and Maya Plisetskaya are also other inspirations of mine.

 

 

Q&A With Australian dancer Hannah Millott

I recently had the opportunity to ask Hannah Millott some questions about her journey as a dancer and more specifically as a ballerina. Hannah is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with poise, strength and elegance. Her passion and dedication for dance is immense. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I started dancing at the age of 3. And I started fulltime ballet at Classical Coaching Australia when I was about 13.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Dance Force in Tweed Heads, NSW

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for about 5 years

Q4: What poinI wear energetiks pointe shoeste shoes do you currently wear?

I wear energetiks pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got involved by doing ballet exams and a program called Brisbane City Youth Ballet, and I loved it and that’s why I started full time.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I love all the kitri variations, I think they suit me the best

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for Netherlands Dance Theatre (NDT) or anywhere in Europe somewhere that’s more contemporary

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

My favourite memory in ballet is probably fulltime in general I miss ballet a lot. Or when I was the green witch for “The Wizard of Oz” that was really fun as I got painted!!

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

I love Misty, Natalia and Sylvie! They are all so amazing and inspiring I could watch them all day

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

The best advice I have received is probably being aware of people and how they would do anything to take you down. So I always just not worry about other people and be the best I can be not who anyone else wants me to be and don’t let anyone get in your way or try and ruin you

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic tutu

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

In my free time I like to go to the gym, spend a lot of alone time to clear my head and think. And also love spending quality time with my good friends who are always there for me

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Bronte Barnett

I had the chance to ask Bronte Barnett some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Bronte is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace. Her dedication to ballet is amazing and her love for ballet is infectious. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 3 (2006)

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Sydney College of Dance @sydneycollegeofdance

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been dancing en pointe since I was 11, so three years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Gaynor Minden pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet when I used to dance around my house, and then once I was 3, my mum decided that she should put me into ballet classes. I have loved it ever since then

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is definitely giselle act 1

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for The Royal Ballet, Mariinski Theatre, English National Ballet or The Bolshoi Ballet

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

My favourite moment in ballet is every moment that I dance, I don’t have a specific moment because I love every moment that I live

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

My ballet role models are probably: Svetlana Zakharova, Marianela Nunez, Yasmine Naghid, Darcey Bussell

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

The best advice I have ever gotten from my teacher is that to become a ballerina, you have to be so mentally strong. Many amazing ballerinas don’t make it because they are not mentally strong, this pushes me to works hard and to believe in myself

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 go to the beach, see friends or family, read and eat fruit

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Jade Marquez

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 3 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I do fulltime ballet at The Conlan College

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 currently wear energetiks pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got involved in ballet by watching my older sister dance, I wanted to be just like her

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is Gamzatti from La Bayadère

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for the English national ballet or San Francisco ballet one day

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

My favourite memory is meeting some amazing people who truely inspire me to dance and work hard

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

My ballet role model is Marianela Núñez as I love watching her dance as she has a lovely performance quality

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

The best advice that I have gotten from a teacher is to never give up and always work hard as that is the only way to improve

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

When I’m not dancing I like to spend time with my family and friends

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