I recently had the opportunity to ask Jenna Turner some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Jenna is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance, her passion and dedication to ballet is unparalleled. There is no doubt that Jenna will be inspiring the next generation of daners to chase their dreams and strive for their goals like Jenna has. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started Ballet when I was 5 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I just ended my season with Huntsville Ballet in Alabama and am dancing in San Diego for the summer
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been on pointe for almost 8 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently wear Gaynors
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My mom was a dancer so it was just a passion of mine since I was little
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation is Dulcinea from Don Quixote
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
City Ballet of San Diego
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite moment in Ballet is dancing sugarplum pas de deux. The connection I had with my partner on stage was amazing and I felt grounded and secure knowing he was behind me. A good contrast to being on stage alone which can be very disorienting
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My ballet role models are Sarah Lamb, Gillian Murphy and Whitney Jensen
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Pretend you are grabbing a rope in your attitude turns
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Classical for sure!
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I like taking pole fitness and aerial silks classes to work on my arms and core