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I started my dance studies at the Ballet School of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet in 2016, at the age of 7.

My greatest inspiration has been my big sister Erika. It’s been amazing to follow her progress to an incredible ballerina. It’s also really impressed me to see how dancers use their bodies to express different feelings.

I got my first pointe shoes two years ago, around the Christmas holidays. It was wonderful to experience being a real ballerina for the very first time.

Pointe shoes do hurt the feet, so whenever I’m in pain, I put my feet up or take ice baths. I also proactively care for my feet by taping my toes, and I use silicon pads in my ballet shoes. We currently practice pointework from three to four times a week.

Pointework gives me a sense of freedom and power.

My biggest wish is to become a successful professional dancer. I am glad I can participate in celebrating the centenary of the Finnish National Ballet.

Text HEIDI ALMI
Photos JONAS LUNDQVIST

An appeal to ballet lovers

Donate ballet shoes

Ballet shoes are the single most important tool of the ballet dancer, but they wear out quickly. Our ballerinas dance through approximately 2,160 pairs of ballet shoes in every season. In the same period of time, male dancers require approximately 1,600 pairs of soft ballet shoes. By donating towards ballet shoes, you’ll make a significant contribution to our dancers’ ability to practice their unique profession.