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Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Skylar Bainard

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 12 (kinda late)

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance in Toronto

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Been en pointe for 4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Gaynor Minden!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I was actually picking between singing and dancing lessons, out of the blew I just decided to go for dance😂 I’ve been dancing and choreographing for as long as I can remember though, always putting on “shows”!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is Gamzatti act 2 variation from La Bayadere!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

There are so many amazing companies I’d love to work for! But in regards to my favourite companies that would have to be “National Ballet of Canada”, “Dutch National Ballet” and “Australian Ballet Theatre”!

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

I gain new favourite memories everyday! But a memorable one has to be winning first place contemporary at YAGP Toronto!

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

I’m very inspired by Maria Alexandrova from Bolshoi Theatre, she is such a passionate and strong dancer. I also love Natalia Osipova, she truely gives everything in her performances. And Jurgita Dronina has to be another one of my favourites she always looks so confident on stage!

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

From a teacher I had at Bolshoi, “ we dance because of our passion” this reminded me why I started in the first place 💃🏻

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutus! They really make me feel like a true ballerina!

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

In my free time I actually like to continue to work on my body, I love going for runs, doing yoga, stretching! But I also like cooking up new recipes, reading, journaling, and a lil Netflix and YouTube 😏!

Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Victoria Wardell

I had the chance recently to ask Victoia Wardell some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Victoria is an excellent dancer, she graces the stage wtih real poise and grace, her passion and love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

Technically, I began dancing when I was six, but I didn’t start focusing or working hard at ballet until I was about eleven. Before that, ballet was really just something I did for fun after school.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at The School of Cadence Ballet.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe since I was twelve, so five years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Grishko Maya’s and I absolutely love them.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

By always dancing down the sidewalk even before the age of two, causing my mother to decide to put me in dance classes 😉

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

There’s so many to choose from! Although I would have to say that I absolutely love Raymonda, the dream variation in act 2.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Teatro alla Scala is my dream company.

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

I have so many it’s hard to choose. Probably the feeling after New York finals at YAGP, just because afterwards I came off the stage and I was shaking from emotion, I was so into the character and I really just danced for myself, not for anyone else. It had been awhile since I felt that.

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

Marianela Nunez as well as Evgenia Obraztsova are two of my favourites, but honestly there are so many gorgeous dancers out there, and they are all inspiring in different ways.

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

“Don’t worry about the fact that you have to do the turns, before you actually do the turns, just do them and then work with what you have.” Although this particular quote applies to turns, I have taken it with me into every step. I often over think things to the point that I mess them up just because I’m thinking so hard about doing it right, so this really helps me get past that.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Honestly, I like both. Romantic tutus have a softer look and are often more peasant related, whereas classical tutus are often princess like and delicate but in a very different way then romantic tutus, so I like them both for different reasons.

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

I love reading and talking with friends. But most of my spare time I spend with Katie, my adorable 8 year old sister.

Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Marsden Cousins

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing when I was 2 but seriously doing ballet at age 10

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at Edge Studios in their pre professional program

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for 3.5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Freed pointe shoes (triangle or anchor makers)

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got seriously involved in ballet when I was 10 and my ballet teacher encouraged me to audition for summer schools

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have a few favourites but I will say Paquita variation #11 and Talisman

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company would be the Marinsky or any company in Europe

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

This past summer when I attended Paris Opera ballet school, Princess Grace academy, and royal ballet school summer intensives would have to be my favourite memory. This summer was an amazing experience and I learned so much and will remember it for ever. One other amazing moment was having privates with Leonid Sarafanov and taking his class

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

One ballet dancer that really inspires me is Olesya Novikova she is such a beautiful dancer and artist and I really hope I can watch her in person one day.

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

My teachers always tell me not to compare myself to others which I think has been some of the best advice they have given me. They tell me to worry about myself and what I am doing and not compare myself to the people around me.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I prefer classical tutu but also find romantic tutus very beautiful.

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

When I’m not dancing I am either sleeping or watching Netflix and recently I have been reading during my free time.