THIS MONTH REDMILK MEETS THE BALLET WORLD. WE HAVE SELECTED SOME INSTAGRAM PROFILES THAT WITH DANCE STEPS DICTATE LAW ON THE SOCIALS. WE HAD THE PLEASURE OF INTERVIEW A YOUNG AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE DANCER CASSANDRA TRENARY. HERE BELOW SOME QUESTIONS ASKED TO THE DANCER AND SOCIAL INFLUENCER:
soloist with American Ballet Theatre
Social world vs dance world, Could you tell us your relationship with social network?
I use Instagram. Dance is such a visual art form and Instagram is a wonderful way of showing videos and pictures of the power and lines that we work so hard for. I use it as a way to advertise myself and let people know what projects I’m working on, where/when I’m performing and also what or who inspires me. I’d like to make it more of an art journal when I have a bigger following. In recent years, we as dancers have discovered that it is important to put ourselves out there through social media to develop a fan base and get people to want to come buy tickets to our shows!
When did your love story with dance begin?
I began dancing when I was three but I truly fell in love with it at the age of 12 when I went away to my first ballet summer intensive. I was surrounded by so much talent that it pushed me to go further than I knew I could. I remember feeling such a sense of accomplishment at the end of it, that I didn’t want that growth to end. When your own body does things that surprises you it’s it the most beautiful thing. I decided I had to continue that feeling for the rest of my life. I had to make this my career.
Which is your favourite dance step?
I don’t have one step in particular but I love to dance with a partner. When I dance in what we call a “pas de deux,” I find it so enjoyable to have someone to connect with in a piece. The possibilities are endless when you have a partner to dance with and it’s truly magical to watch.
Do you have a lucky charm or a good luck gesture that you do before a show?
Before we go on stage, dancers will say, “Merde” to one another. It’s our version of “Good Luck.” It’s kind of funny -if you speak french you know why- but “Merde” is the word because when the world was still using horse drawn carriages, there was a lot of “merde” on the street. So if there was a lot of horse poop outside the theater, it meant the ticket sales for that evening were great!
What do you put in your dance bag?
A little bit of everything! I have all of my pointe shoes, or whatever shoes I need for that day. Some leg warmers or sweat pants. I usually have a little ballet skirt in there too. I have some first aid items such as Tiger Balm for the muscles, and some band aids. I have my phone and headphones of course to listen to music on the train. I will carry a book usually to occupy my breaks. I also carry some little, “pick-me-ups” for my day like myFresh “Sugar Coral” Lip treatment and a small bottle of Philosophy “amazing grace” Perfume.
If you weren’t a dancer what would you be?
I would definitely still be in the arts. I love to create jewelry and little apartment trinkets for home. I would also love to act. I would pursue that further if I wasn’t dancing.
Which is your first successfull photo post on the social network?
It was a photo that I posted from Mercedes Benz Fashion week in like 2013 I believe. My friend and I were just hanging out in the tent at Lincoln center for fun and decided to take a dance photo in front of this fake city backdrop. He is lifting me in the photo and we made kind of a silly romantic face at each other. It became so popular on instagram! We weren’t even invited to any of the shows but we wanted to be in there so bad! Anyway, the photo got over 1,000 likes.
Cassandra’s motto is?
Encourage and build up those around you so that you have that support when you need it most. No one has the same journey so stop competing and start loving. Let’s face it, loving someone is just easier.