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Q&A With Australian Ballerina Phoebe Anderson

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 2 and a half

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at The Conlan College in Sydney, Australia!

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for the past 5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Sculpted Fit Gaynor Minden pointe shoes and I love them!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved because of my sister… I started to sneak into the back of her ballet classes and try out the steps at the back

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation has to be Black Swan. I’ve never danced it but it is just so elegant and stunning when ever I see it!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would absolutely love to work with The Hamburg Ballet!

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

I love performing and some of my favourite memories are just being onstage with my friends!

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

I love Tiler Peck because she is an amazing artist and a great role model for young dancers!

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

My ballet teacher once told me that “if you want it enough, you will get it. But you must put everything you have into ballet, if it is truly what you want. Hard work beats talent, if talent doesn’t work hard!”

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love classical tutu’s because they always sparkle on stage and make you feel like a princess! 😋

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

If I ever have any free time, I always have my head in a book! I’m a huge book nerd!

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Charli Reece

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 2 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at The McDonald College, which is a performing arts school in Sydney

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for around 3 and a half years now

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I am currently wearing Bloch serene in size 3 and a 1/2 B

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet because my older sister danced and I really did look up to her but after a few years of classes I eventually was old enough to realise that it was something I wanted to be doing for the rest of my life💗😊

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is probably Le Corsaire, Odalisque variation 2

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for The Royal Ballet, just because I think they are absolutely perfect

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

My favourite memory in ballet was probably when in my first ever pointe class when I got my double pirouette en pointe for the very first time

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

My ballet role models are definitely Ako Kondo from the Australian Ballet because she has such great performance, legs + feet and Svetlana Zakharova because she is just crazy amazing

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

The best advice I have ever received from a teacher was to do my best and it doesn’t matter what the outcome or prize is

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I’m not sure why, but I have always preferred classical tutus

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 friends and family and occasionally relax and watch Netflix😂😂

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Shani Wilkens

I recently had the chance to ask Shani Wilkens some questions about her wonderful journey as a ballerina. Shani is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage so elegantly and with real poise. Her passion and dedication for ballet is incredible. Below are her answers.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing when I was 7 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance with Queensland Ballet Academy.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I got my first pair of pointe shoes when I was 11.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Energetics Sapfir Flex Medium.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My younger sister started and when I saw that she was enjoying I wanted to join in.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation would have to be Odalisque 3rd Variation from Le Corsaire.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would really love to be apart of The Queensland Ballet when I’m old enough.

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

My favourite memory was either when I performed at the Alana Haines Australasian Awards or the Sydney Eisteddfod.

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

Some dancers that inspire me are Margot Fonteyn, Misty Copeland and Li Cunxin.

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

Don’t practice until you get it right, practice until you can’t get in wrong.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I prefer a classical tutu although I do enjoy dancing in both.

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

I really like reading and drawing and spending time with my family and friends.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Liv Grieve

I recently had the chance to ask Liv Grieve some questions about her time as a ballerina. Liv is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with beauty, poise and strength. Her passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her answers.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at the age of 3 as a recreational thing. I didn’t actually begin professional full time training until I was 13.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am actually currently taking a break from the ballet world and am now a cast member with Disneyland Hong Kong.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I began pointe work at the age of 13. When I started full time ballet. So I’ve been en pointe for about 9 years now! Crazy!!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I like to wear Bloch heritage pointe shoes. I find them the most comfortable to work in and they mould to my foot nicely compared to other shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mum was actually a dance teacher at a local dance school. So that’s where I began and where I was introduced to Ballet itself. It wasn’t until I was older that my mum and ballet teacher recognised some talent in me and my love began to form before I realised I could even create a career for myself in my ballet world

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

my favourite variation would have to be act 1 Giselle. I love Giselle as I feel she is a character I can emotional connect with easily.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company was always the royal ballet of course. However I was always focused on aiming my goals toward Ballet west in America 🙂

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

My favourite memory or moment from ballet would have to be after my first soloist role with a ballet company. I remember the first step I took on stage and the excitement in my body!

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

I absolutely adore Alina Cojocaru. I think she is absolutely divine in the way she moves. She indulges strongly into every role she plays. She certainly knows how to take my breathe away.

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

The best advice I ever received from a teacher would have been to think pink! I was struggling mentally one day and she told me not to over think it at all! Just “think pink” and it’s the best thing! Whenever nerves get to me or I have a rough day in the studio I just try to think pink and let my body take over to do what it knows and does best!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I do love myself a romantic tutu because I love the romantic style of dance. However every ballet dancer adores a gorgeous classical tutu hehe!

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

In my free time I love to hang out with friends and I’m not going to lie, I’m quiet the shopaholic!

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Alessia Spano

I recently had the chance to ask Alessia Spano some questions about her journey as a ballerina. She is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage so beautifully. Her passion for ballet is immense. Below are her respones.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

Age 2

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Sorry I can’t give that away

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

6years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Energetics encore and Bloch split soles

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom put me in lessons and I have loved it ever since

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Kitri act 1 (I do that now)

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

NYC ballet

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

There are way to many to count

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

Lauren from NYC ballet and Michaela de prince

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

Humble self confidence

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

Hang out with friends

Q&A With Australian Dancer Erin Bortoluzzi

I recently had the chance to ask Erin Bortoluzzi some questions about her journey as a dancer and more specifically as a ballerina. Erin is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with both poise and energy, her dedication to dance is immense. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet a bit late when I was 11/12

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at The Next Step Performing Arts

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I don’t do much pointe but I first started when I was 13 so 5 years ago

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Energetics pointe shoes 🙂

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Well when I was little around 3 years old I went to a ballet class and didn’t even make it in the door because I was soo scared and shy! But I got into ballet because I really loved the elegance and strength involved and I think I suited it well also

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have no idea!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I’d love to be a part of The Dream Dance Company! Or a contemporary company possibly overseas in America/Europe

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

yes I do and it’s a pretty funny one 🤣 one night I was having a ballet private for my solo with my teacher and she was really loud and yelling over the music of course and then! This man from across the road in one of the apartments opens the studio door from outside and walks in angry and annoyed because of all the noise and my teacher freaked out!! She screamed and jumped in front of me as if to protect me from the random guy hahaha

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

My ballet role models are Dusty Button, Misty Copeland and  Svetlana Zakharova. In general my other inspirations include Tate McRae, Mitch Wynter, Michael Dameski and Lex Ishimoto

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

When you come into the dance space you come in alone and when you leave you also leave alone. So when you’re dancing it’s not about trying to impress the choreographer or to get chosen as much as you want to, it’s about dancing for yourself and striving to be better and better each time you perform

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

I like to watch my favourite TV shows, play games, draw and do things with my friends! Oh and of course eat food!! And Play with my pets and take dance photos in my house and outside

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Chloe Beckinsale

I recently had the chance to ask Chloe Beckinsale some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Chloe is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage so elegantly and with poise and strength. Her dedication and passion for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I’m 18 years old, I started dancing at the age of 4 and I started full time ballet training at the age of 14!

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance in the Elite full time program at Melbourne City Ballet in Australia, and I’m doing summer school at Oklahoma City Ballet in the USA this year.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I went on pointe at the age of 12, so 6 years now.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

For a while now I have been wearing Brava by Energetiks!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I couldn’t be kept still as a child so I was put in dance classes, and from there my love just grew but I specifically loved the whole concept of ballet, not ever being able to be perfect and always finding something to do better! I love being able to tell a story through movements and using my body.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

To perform, I love dancing one of the Raymonda act 3 variations. However I love watching the aurora wedding solo, kitri variation and giselle act 1.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My ultimate goal is New York City Ballet! However companies that I would love to be in are Oklahoma City Ballet, Anaheim Ballet, Pacific North West Ballet or Boston Ballet.

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

I think being accepted in to summer school has been my favourite memory  so far, it felt really great to read that letter.

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

Just like everyone, I adore Zhakarova, however my favourite Australian dancers are Benedicte Bemet from the Australian ballet and Ariana Hond, Emma Cheeseman, Isabella Gemmel-Morgan and Danielle Whitfort from Melbourne City Ballet Company. I really love being at a school attached to a company because I’m surrounded by so many amazing dancers who I can watch and follow in the footsteps of.

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

To always stay positive, no matter the situation. And to ALWAYS be and stay humble.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love romantic tutus.

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

I love baking, reading and skincare and makeup.

Q&A WIth Australian Ballerina Chloe Jackson

I recently had the chance to ask Chloe Jackson some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Chloe is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage so elegantly and with real poise. Her dedication and love for ballet is immense. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started when I was 3

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Elmhurst school of dance + the royal ballet school white lodge

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Since the age of 10

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Bloch serenade

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got into ballet through my family being ex performers themselves

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is Raymonda act 3 or The sugar plum fairy variation

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

The Queensland Ballet or Houston Ballet

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

When I could perform at The Royal Opera House

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

Marianela Nunez and Amber Scott

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

The harder I work, the luckier I get

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

Visiting family

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Madison Whiteley

I recently had the joy of asking the incredible Madison Whiteley some questions about her phenomenal journey as a ballerina. Madison is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise, grace, strength and beauty. Her passion and dedication is unparalleled, there is no doubt that Madison is inspiring the next generation of ballet dancers. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at age 5.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Semperoper Ballett Dresden

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started pointe work when I was 10 years old.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Freed of London. Although I wore Bloch, Gaynor Minden and Energetiks in the past.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mother enrolled me because I was always dancing around the house.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Lilac Fairy or one of the Paquita variations

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I joined Semperoper this year and I love it.

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

Too many to say!

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

My ballet role model is Marianela Nuñez. I love her!

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

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

I love to spend time with friends and family. I also love to travel and explore new places

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Bronte Tanna

I had the opportunity to ask the amazing Bronte Tanna some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. She is a wonderful dancer, she graces the stage so elegantly and with poise, her dedication and love of ballet is infectious. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started song and dance when I was 2 and Ballet when I was 7

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

The Perth school of Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

3 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Bloch Sonatas

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My friend had a Ballet birthday party and I thought, “hey this could be fun”

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Sugar plum fairy

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

The National Ballet of Canada

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

Performing swanhilda in last years production of Copellia. I loved the character and bringing my own personality on stage

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

I aspire to be like Misty Copeland, who overcame all odds to become one of the most influential ballerinas alive

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

Your dreams will happen if you are patient and determined

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

Reading, drawing or singing