Time for a fresh dancer feature/interview! This time with Caitlin 🙂
My name is Caitlin Anstis and I am 16 years old.
How old were you when you started ballet?
I was 2, nearly 3 and started Baby Ballet classes (ISTD).
When did you start pointe?
I was 11 so I have been dancing en pointe for 5 years.
What is your favourite toe padding to use? And how do you prepare your pointe shoes before wear?
I don’t really have a favourite toe padding but I use Ouch pouches and the gel toe tips.
I wear Gaynor Mindens and so to prepare them I go on demi pointe so they don’t spring up when doing rises etc.
What is your favourite ballet move?
I love fouettes and I can now do 32 on demi pointe and am working at them en pointe.I also love Grande Jetes.
How often do you take class?
I do ballet classes every day except Wednesdays due to extra rehearsals for full length ballets.
What are your strengths and weaknesses in ballet?
My weaknesses are my core strength which I continually need to work at because of my height. I also need to work on my flexibility.
My strengths are my jumps and performing.
What are your goals in ballet?
I would like to be a stronger dancer.
I plan to audition successfully for ballet schools to continue my training.
What ballet flat shoes are your fav and why?
I wear Sansha silhouette canvas split sole flat shoes.
I don’t really have a favourite – it’s more which shoe fits the best at the time of buying a new pair!
Do you have any tips for ballet in general or any advice to give? And do you do any quirky things?
Try in everything. Practice makes perfect.
I don’t just do ballet – I do modern, tap, contemporary, singing and acting too.
What ballet do you study? Classical, vaganova, etc? Do you do exams?
I study RAD Advanced 1 and 2 and Vaganova Advanced classes which is my favourite style.
I take RAD ballet exams and I will shortly be taking Russian ballet exams.
What was your hardest thing to learn en pointe?
Travelling courus and turns such as pirouttes and fouettes.