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Ballet
Amanda Fields
Moa Andreasson
Bryn Lafferty
Gracie Joiner
Eliza Rhodes
Britta Albertson
Taylor Nichols
Mikaela Stewart
Callie Rector
Marina Profy
Caitlin Jonker
Koren LaPlant
Allison Whitley
Casy Vanden Berghe
Iris Nikula
Ashlee Crowe
River Stenz
Claire Theisen
Daniela Thorne
Annabelle Thrash
Erin Arndorfer
Caitlin Van Driessche
Abbey Haller
Maggie Whyte
Risa Takeshima
Paige Rochester
Ella Norlen
Lauren Collett
Anda Erdenebileg
Bella Cort
Ewelina Keller
Sofia Yarbrough
Sydney S
Basia Rhoden
Hannah Semler
Kennedy Carr
Caroline Anderson
Amelia Chandulal-Mackay
Audrey Sullivan
Georgia Waite
Isabelle Lapierre
Jadyn Bagayas
Gracie Smith
Claire Crossman
Jasmine Henry
Lindsey Belsky
Chelsea Marriott
Mary Agnes Sistino
Sophie-Kate Groen
Molly Sawyer
Hannah Herndon
Maya Schonbrun
Maddie B
Imogen Walters
Abby Morgan
Tahlia Buckley
Tianna Koolloos
Emily Rice
Aubree Recker
Evelyn Borden
Caroline Vanderloo
Nadia Foster
Martelle Cho
Lauren Zimmermann
Hannah Lyons
Ivana Bueno
Molly McCarthy
Amara McHugh
Toni SR
Alisa Timofeeva
Leah McFadden
Jade Wright
Zara Worne
Danielle Meza
Quincy McKay
Chloe Andry
Shayda Honda
Hailey Fairhurst
Geraldine Cenita
Chloe Young
Elizabeth Moler
Julia Milczanowski
Sylvia Wilson
Hannah Wiedle
Corinne Mulcahy
Ava Ownby
Alexandria Heath
Emily Coughenour
Cristina Brown
Keisha May
Rebecca Willis
Sarah Shaw
Hanhi Tran
Genevieve Carlson
Abigail B
Saskia S
India Shackel
London Mills
Carmen Rossi
Romy Adair
Helayna Szentmiklossy
Ashley Lew
Cadence Barrack
Naomi Babcock
Annika Bergofin
Ally Champion
Ashlynn Rutherford
Kelly Keesing
Sarah Trinder
Jenna Renfield
Chloe Parker
Emilia Ramierz
Ryley Boardman
Kyla Downey
Claire Silverman
Shannon Moore
Sarah Parrish
Maddie Goodman
Maya Nye
Charlotte Nye
Karen Chambers
Olivia Brown
Emmanuelle Hendrickson
Hana Nonaka A
Olivia Dugan
Rose Dalton
Evelyn Robinson
Madeline Colesano
Justine Christoff
Anna Sawyer
Sasha Dreyer
Camryn Potts
Avery Davis
Kendall Gray
Doyoon Kim
Maya Lukasik
Claire Synhorst
Hannah Millott
Suzanne Mitchell
Bronte Barnett
Jade Marquez

Maddy Ruiz
Phoebe Anderson
Maddy Ruiz
Phoebe Anderson
Charli Reece
Anna Turkington
Eva Pooler
Shani Wilkens
Kassandra Lessi
Liv Grieve
Anna Foley
Bridget Knox
Bella Northburg
Sophie Poulain
Sophia Schepers
Katherine Kanada
Kendra Frank
Kaoru Blanchot
Sofya Miroslava
Rocky Despain
Ashley Forche
Dayne Patillo
Kerry Shannon
Amit Ben-Aharon
Alessia Spano
Olivia Daugherty
Carrington Clark
Erin Bortoluzzi
Camila Mancuso
Kaylie Connor
Chloe Beckinsale
Amelia McGravey
Breanna Ianiero
Anna Cooper
Gabi Lukasik
Jade McAnally
Sophia Zonni
Chloe Jackson
Olivia Jaymes Runquist
Evie Glazier
Caitlin McGunnigle
Madison Whiteley
Jade Longley
Olivia Reidinger
Jessey Y
Sophia L
Erin Williams
Emily Luria
Caty Wong
Sophia Panchal-Bird
Bronte Tanna
Mackenzie Thompson
Allison Walker
Sydney Guine
Penelope Bloodworth
Maggie Fosselius
MaryJo O’Connor
Emily McAllister
Allie English
Barbara-Anne Dutil
Jackie Sugianto
Jordan Kesler
Portia Hassos
Grace Wheller
Isabel Pulido
Claire Hoover
Julia Tegtmeier
Reynu Wood
Jonelle Torchia
Serena Reed
Maddie Growney
Maya Giron
Alina Gonzalez
Katie Kennard
Dana Jensen
Gillian Carr
Katie L
Daisy Wyatt
Charmaine Celesse
Marina Halama
Madeline Coulter
Layne Hampson
Emona Georgieva
Marie Yamaoka
Peyton J
Mara Neary
Honor Christian-Slane
Vanessa Meikle
Breigh-Ellen Marie
Kimberley Glover
Taylah Small
Abby Zinsser
Emma Keyes
Isabella Rasmussen
Lauryn Brown
Mackenzie Coombe
Raleigh Ledford
Selena Knowlton
Tessa Bertino
Lucy Murphy
Josephine Pratten
Emmery Hermann
Anastasia Cheplyansky
Peyton Anderson
Breana Drummond
Brittany Duwner
Amanda Rose Hall
Sofia Lutman
Beth Mihai
Olivia Berhmann
Erin Doherty
Taihla Kyrwood
Morgan Ruis
Immy S
Nicolette Rubel
Sarah Blake
Terri Jean Thomson
Isabelle Bosher
Sarah Wilkerson
Mimi Swinton Fiennes
Sydney Silva
Robbie Downey
Molly Woodard
Tara Schiphof
Erin O’Dea
Vanessa Childress
Stephanie G
Katy Schwarzweller
Remington Foust
Addie Richardson
Olivia Hansen
Holly Munns
Elisabeth Wenta
Mariya Popova
Imogen Wallace
Rory Kathryn Myers
Paris Doyle
Ella Hicks
Audrey Freeman
Grace Phillips
Mattison Bedinghaus
Jazmin Marquez
Ashleigh Bennett
Rhythmic Gymnastics Julia Laine

Jessica’s Story – Aspiring Ballerina, to Hell and back

Sometimes ballet looks glamorous with beautiful tutus, pointe shoes and numerous leotards however often the large majority of people involved in ballet turn a blind eye to a serious issue which affects too many dancers regardless of age, eating disorders and Mental Health issues are faced by too many, beating the stigma and breaking down the barriers of mental health issues which often comes to the surface in ballet through eating disorders. The focus on size, shape and weight can put extreme pressures on dancers. Some dance environments can lead young people into destructive eating habits which may have long-term and even fatal consequences.

Ballet brings upon many pressures and challenges for any young dancer, the pressure of looking a certain way, meeting a preconceived look of a dancer and unnecessary pressures placed upon themselves to exceed at ballet at the expense of other crucial issues such as mental and physical well-being. Ballet can be incredibly competitive with so many dancers all striving for the same goal, the competitiveness can lead to some ugly actions.

Watching a young talented dancer whose passion for ballet consumed her from an early age is captivating but obstacles and demons challenge us all. Jessica Restivo from the USA is a dancer who lived and breathed ballet from a young age. However recently she faced a challenge that tested her mental and physical strength and well-being.

An eating disorder consumed Jessica over the past few years which came to ahead recently and only recently she took the courageous step of taking her fight public. Overwhelming support from people far and wide comforted her like a warm blanket and the support was unexpected according to Jessica. Her strength and courage is incredible and definitely needs championing.

This is her story.

Happy new year! I am excited to see what this year brings. This year has been a rollercoaster. Some of you may be wondering why I haven’t been dancing and have disappeared for multiple months and I owe you all an explanation.

I have had a severe eating disorder for the past four years. I thought that I would share my story to motivate others who are struggling to seek help and talk about this monstrous illness. I kept it a secret for a long-time, but I want to end the stigma and talk about it because eating disorders are a huge problem. I began 2018 at 80 pounds – almost dead. I was scared to even drink water and was severely dehydrated and malnourished. In January I hit my lowest weight and cried constantly.

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I was dying, and I was terrified of food and obsessed with my weight. I had a body that I hated but was stuck in my eating disorder. The beginning of February I went into the hospital and was put on an IV and almost died. I ate everything they gave me but only ate to get out of hospital and planned to restrict when I got out. I got out of the hospital and restricted eating a lot of high volume-low calorie foods and lost weight quickly and was obsessed with counting every calorie.

I had started self-harm and was severely depressed. When my team realized I was self-harming after three weeks out of the hospital I was readmitted to the hospital for suicide watch. I was being tube fed in the hospital and I refused food. I began to refuse the supplements and they pinned me down and I got a feeding tube. Those two weeks in the hospital were hell I cried and cried I hated eating and was out of control.. Then a bed at Eating Recovery Center inpatient facility opened up and I was off to Texas for eating disorder treatment in March.

As soon as I started treatment, I stopped calorie counting and was fed daily through a tube along with the calories that I ate. I met some amazing people there and was recovering and slowly getting better. I ate and hated myself for it. I weight restored thirty pounds and hated my body. Then in June I was transferred to PHP and slowly began to relapse into anorexia. By the end of the week I had relapsed. No one noticed.

Then I returned home, and I returned to behaviours. I hid my weight loss for months. Then I started 11th grade my first time in real school ever in September. As soon as school started, I spent lunch in the library studying. Then in October my team figured out my tricks and were ready to send me back to inpatient because of my vitals and bloodwork were bad. I decided I wanted to stay in school and raised my intake and gained over November and December. I had decided I wanted to stay in school and graduate High School and was determined to recover. I ate lunch with my Mom every day for the rest of the first semester to assure I was eating. I was excelling in school however I had no friends and was not social at all.

2018 has had its ups and downs but I have made it through another year and this next year holds so many exciting things such as finding colleges, yummy foods, finishing my first year in High School, and being happy. I hope to keep growing as a person and continue my recovery! I have so much to look forward to and am excited for my future!

Ballet needs to break face this issue head on and accept that in 2019, it cannot keep pushing the same image as years gone by, the art will loose too many young talented dancers due to the pressures these dancers face. Mental Health awareness is the new fight we all need to combat, take the time to ask someone if they are okay. Give a comforting hug and let people know you are there for them. No dancer should have to go through what Jessica has been through but we all know too well that there are many dancers facing a similar challenge to differing degrees.

Q&A With Australia Ballerina Charlotte Mitchell

I recently had the opportunity to ask Charlotte some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Charlotte is an amazing dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and elegance, her passion and dedication to ballet is remarkable. 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 am currently dancing at the McDonald college in Sydney Australia

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on point for over 4 years now

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I am currently wearing Bloch synergy

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mum put me into ballet because she used to be a dancer

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have a ton of favourite variations but I really like Kitri act 3

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I don’t know what my dream company is as it is constantly changing but I love the American ballet theatre

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

Some of my favourite moments in ballet is when you finally get a movement or a correction you’ve been working on for weeks, months, or even years (Its one of the best feelings in the world)

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

I’m super basic so I am obsessed with Misty Copeland just because of her work ethic and how she never gave up despite of what people told her. I also really like Jade Wood in the Australian Ballet just because of her expression in her dancing and how graceful she moves on stage

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

Just to keep your options open and try and be as multi-talented as possible because you never know what going to happen in a audition room

Q11: Classical or Romantic tutu?

Oh good question I really have a good appreciation for a good romantic tutu and because I’m tall I feel like it just looks really good on stage x

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

I don’t find myself with much free time since I dance full time and when I’m not dancing I’m studying, I do like to play piano and sing though when I have the time to practice.

Q&A With American Ballerina Sydney Poulsen

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at 10

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at international ballet academy

 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 wear Russian pointes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I transitioned from competition dance into ballet

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Paquita Nine

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Houston Ballet

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

Just performing in general

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

Soloist Alyssa Springerman from Houston Ballet and Lauren Lovette

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

hmmm I don’t know

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

Read, learn math, and bake


Q&A With Australian Ballerina Heather Warning

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

At age 9

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Cinevox Junior Company in Switzerland

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Around 8 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

The Grishko Allures

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I slouched a lot and ballet was to help my posture

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Anything in Sleeping Beauty, especially in Act II!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

RNZB, Queensland Ballet, Dutch National, all of them!!

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

Being on stage with a live orchestra

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

Isabella Boylston, Marianela Nunez, Maria Kochetkova, Svetlana Zakarova.

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

You never stop learning, there’s always a next layer

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

Exploring the world, and the underwater world, whilst taking photographs!

Q&A With American Ballerina Ali Walters

I had the opportunity recently to ask Ali Walters some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Ali is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and grace. Her passion and dedication for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 4 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Olympic Ballet Theatre.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for 4 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Grishko 2007s.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I was really active when I was young and had a lot of energy. I was constantly dancing around the house. When I was old enough I asked my mom if I could dance and that’s where it all began.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

That’s a hard question. Right now my favorite variation is probably Satenella. But I also do really love anything Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, or Giselle.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream is definitely SFB. I love their rep and their dancers are amazing!

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

I have so many. Of course getting my first pair of pointe shoes and summer intensives. But I think my favorite was getting to preform as a willi in Giselle. It is my all time favorite ballet and it was such an amazing experience to preform it.

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

Maria Kochetkova is a dancer I’ve looked up to for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been amazed by her clean technique and the personality that she brings to every role she performs. My teacher has also always been a huge inspiration for me. I grew up watching her dance professionally and now being taught by her everyday is so motivating.

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

At the end of the day, ballet is so much more than perfect technique. It’s about your artistry and the emotion that you add to your dancing because that’s what makes you a true artist.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love both, but my favorite would have to be a classical tutu. There is something so stunning watching a ballet where every girl, even in the corps, is wearing an elegant tutu.

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

When I’m not dancing I cross train and of course school. But for fun I love to bullet journal and hang out with friends.

Q&A With American Ballerina Cassie Van Wolde

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dance when I was 5

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance in the Dutch National Trainee Program

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en points for about 4/5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Soffolk Spotlights

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom placed me in ballet when I was young because I had so much energy and then I fell in love with it.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is Giselle

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I’d love to work for any company in Europe but my dream is Het National Ballet

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

My favorite memory was performing in the Golden Swan Gala and seeing some amazing professional dancers perform from the wings!

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

One of my inspirations in Jessica Xuan

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

Work smarter not necessarily harder

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’m usually doing school so I can work on graduating early!

 

Q&A With American Ballerina Hannah MacLeod

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I did a year of pre-dance when I was 4, but stopped until I was 9. Then I did not dance seriously (more than two days a week) until I was 13. I began training with the goal of a career in mind when I was 14.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently training with the Manassas Ballet Academy, and I have attended the American Ballet Theatre (ABT)’s summer programs in California and New York City.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Since I was 11 and a half, so about 5 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Bloch Suprimas.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom originally placed me in pre-dance, but took Meyer out after a year because she didn’t think I would like it long term. When I was 6 I got to see the Washington Ballet perform The Nutcracker at The Kennedy Centre, and my biggest dream became performing in the Nutcracker. I begged my mom for three more years to put me back into ballet for that reason alone!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I absolutely love the Esmeralda variation! I performed it for YAGP last year and it was so much fun 🙂

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Some of my favorite companies include ABT, Houston Ballet, and Washington Ballet, but I haven’t decided on any particular company yet. When I’m old enough to audition, I’ll try for different companies of all sizes and see if someone will hire me 🙂

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

It’s so hard to choose, but my favorite memory is probably the first time I was told that I’m talented. Teachers tended to ignore me because I danced so little until I was older, and no one had ever told me I was good at ballet, so I naturally didn’t think I was. By age 14 I was strongly considering quitting. But one of my teachers asked to coach me and told me that he thought I was very talented and could even become a professional one day (which I was totally shocked to hear), and since he began to coach me I haven’t looked back!

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

Misty Copeland, Isabella Boylston, Stella Abrera, Tiler Peck, and Sara Mearns.

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

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Always strive to be the hardest worker in the room.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I prefer a classical tutu, but it’s still a very hard choice!

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

I love makeup and fashion!! I love shopping, watching makeup videos, and playing around with clothes in my closet to see what kinds of outfits I can make. I also looooove tea and coffee and could drink them all day long!

Q&A With Ballerina Julia Conway

I recently had the chance to ask Julia Conway some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Julia is a phenomenal ballerina. She graces the stage with incredible poise and elegance, her passion and love for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started with baby ballet when I was about 3 years old. But I began more serious lessons when I was 9.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I’m currently with the English National Ballet.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I went on pointe when I was 9 years old. I’m now 18, so it has been about 9 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear freed classic pros.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Growing up in London, my mother always took me to see the Royal ballet and English National Ballet. I always pictured myself onstage like the beautiful dancers I watched.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

There are so many beautiful variations. Of the ones I have danced, I really like Aurora act 1.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I’m so lucky to be working in a company that I love. English National ballet has always been a dream of mine.

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

Dancing bluebird last June was very special for me because it was my first soloist role as a professional

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

I am so inspired by Marianela Nunez and Isabelle Guerin

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

To listen and take corrections while remaining true to my own way of moving and dancing. Not to get lost in what others want.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

I like to go to museums, go out for meals with friends and play with my cats

Q&A With American Ballerina Charlotte Westman

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

4 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

BalletMet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Almost 4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Freed Classic Pro 90 Maker L

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I don’t really know, my mom put me in it and I have done it ever since then

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have so many! But I really like La Fille m’a Gardé and Lilac Fairy from Sleeping Beauty

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for New York City Ballet or San Francisco Ballet

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

I don’t really have one but I do remember when I found out I was going on pointe I was very excited!

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

Wendy Whelan, Misty Copeland and Victoria Jaiani and April Daily from Joffrey Ballet

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

Probably just to get out of my comfort zone and really go for it!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love both so much I can’t decide!

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

I like to draw and take pictures

Q&A With American Ballerina Jenny Colavito

I recently had the opportunity to ask Jenny Colavito some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Jenny is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance. Her passion and dedication for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing when I was 5 so a little over 10 years now

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance in Maine at Thomas School of Dance and for the pre-professional ballet company Bangor Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on Pointe for 5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear custom Freeds by A maker

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I started ballet just like most 5 year olds in a combination tap/ ballet class. Around 7 I was moved into a level two class, it’s funny for a couple of years I wanted nothing to do with ballet, but my oldest sister had a dancer friend that told me to stick with it and that everything would click. She was right and I can’t imagine a day going by without dancing ballet.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation, ooh gosh that’s a tough one, there are so many. I really like a lot of variations from Bayadere I don’t think I can pick just one!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I just want to dance! I’m 5’10” so a tall girl company. Maybe Ballet West, or PNB, or Nederland there are so many. Alonzo Lines is pretty cool too.

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

Favorite memory would be when I was given my first pointe role in the company, I was 11 and was a Flamingo in Alice. I also should have mentioned that my most recent memorable moment was participating at YAGP for the first time and making it into the top 12 at Chicago for classical. I’m looking forward to participating again this year

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

My ballet role models would be my very first instructor Ivy Clear, she has inspired all of her students and has given me the solid technical foundation that I have today. She was one of the very first company members of the original Joffrey Ballet.

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

Best advice, “If you rest, you rust” as well as “dance for yourself first and the rest will follow”

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical there is nothing prettier than a beautiful pancake tutu!!

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

In my free time I love to go to our camp and fish and swim. I also like to teach younger kids, it’s really rewarding to be able to give back. I also like to draw, play the piano and hang out with my friends