May I welcome as our first blog interview 3rd Year student Aisling Brangan!
- How is Ballet Central going?
It’s going really well, thanks. I love how you are treated like you are in a company in the final year compared to 1st and 2nd Year when you are in training.
2. What pieces are you learning?
Stacey Haynes’ and Kenny Tindall’s. Stacey’s is a fun and free, ‘lovin’ life’ jazz piece and Kenny is neo-classical with massive amounts of intention and purpose to every movement.
3. What is your favourite piece and why?
It’s impossible to choose between the two because both explore different ways of dancing. Stacey’s piece is to a Beyoncé track, very different but I love the freedom and energy compared to the classical training that we have been drilled in the past couple of years! Kenny’s is all about challenging the perception of what classical dance is, pushing its boundaries, exploring a new way of dancing entirely.
4. What is it like working with different choreographers?
Both of them are really fun to work with – I enjoy the relaxed nature of Stacey’s piece and although she works us hard it is always fun to rehearse. Kenny is great because you really start to understand that every movement has a purpose – no movement is just flung out, its got a resistance, an image, an idea, a process. I have to say that at the beginning my muscles were agony – luckily I am now used to it!
5. When did you start dancing?
I started when I was 5 years old, initially Irish dancing which I didn’t really like as it is quite restrictive. But I eventually started ballet and built up from doing it once a week to doing it several times a week and then as people stopped dancing and I kept going, I started to think that maybe I want to continue doing it professionally.
6. Who inspires you to dance?
I don’t think there is one particular person – I just enjoy what I do and try and get the most out of every day.
7. What advice would you give to someone thinking about training?
You need to constantly remind yourself why you want to dance – remember what you get up in the morning for, remember why you are doing that ballet class every morning; reminding yourself that despite the aching muscles you know what you are eventually aiming for. So if a particular day your turns were bad or you messed up an exercise, just keep remembering what your end goal is.
8. What are you most looking forward at Ballet Central?
Just experiencing going on tour – setting up the theatre with the get-in and get-out and of course performing onstage.