With the Finnish National Ballet since 2018
I began to study ballet in the only private ballet school of my home town, Siegen, when I was three years old. At 13, I continued my education at the Ballet Academy of Munich (The University of Music and Performing Arts Munich), graduating in 2018. My enthusiasm for ballet was sparked by seeing the film Barbie in The 12 Dancing Princesses on TV. I watched it again and again, and announced to my mother that I would take up ballet classes.
My first pointe shoes were a gift from my teacher. I was 9 then and they were size 1 by Grishko. Even those were too big, so I would wear them with thick socks. I could only put them on for a few seconds at a time, they hurt me so much. When I was 11, I started to wear pointe shoes more regularly, and as soon as the following year I danced in a ballet competition in pointe shoes. It felt wonderful and weightless but also painful. I love dancing on pointe, though, and pointe shoes immediately became an integral part of me.
I haven’t found my favourite brand yet, though I’ve tried out many. At school I would wear Grishkos, which I’d have to pay out of my own pocket, and they were very expensive. The Gaynor brand is longer-lasting and supports my curved ankles, while not being so costly to my family. At times, I would test other brands, but they’d make my feet painful and soften too quickly in use. I’m comfortable with Gaynors, as they give me good traction against the floor for more power. What’s more, I can even machine wash them.