Today’s blog post is an interview with ballet dancer, Jeanette Kakareka. The interview was done in December, 2011.
Jeanette is currently a trainee with the San Francisco Ballet School.
What music are you listening to lately?
I’ve been listening to Poison Control Center’s Sad Sour Future album.
What are you currently trying to improve about your ballet technique?
I’m always trying to improve my technique and I’m also always trying to get stronger. There’s got to be about a million things I see in the mirror every day that I’m working on fixing. I also have to remind myself to be patient so I don’t get overly frustrated too easily. Everyone’s body comes with a different set of strengths and weaknesses. I focus on my body, and what I have to do with the body that I have, to accomplish what I want.
What’s your favorite book?
Anne of Green Gables or The Time Traveler’s Wife.
What’s your current favorite ballet?
My favorite ballet will forever be Romeo and Juliet. Juliet is my dream role, far (far far far…) above anything else.
Have you thought about choreographing a ballet?
I’ve thought about choreographing something short, but I don’t have the confidence yet that I’d be able to carry it through. I never want anything to be just mediocre.
See any movies lately?
I saw the Muppets, which was hysterical, and the Descendants, which was heart-wrenching the whole movie. I loved them both.
What kind of pointe shoes do you wear?
I wear custom Bloch Alphas that have an extra hard shank and tip. When my shoes don’t arrive in the mail fast enough, I experiment. Right now I’m experimenting with some Freed’s I got upstairs from the company shoe room. I like them but they die too fast.
What’s it like doing a Ballet Zaida photoshoot?
It’s just you and the photographer so it’s really casual and laid-back. I also love photography and Oliver really knows what he’s doing, so I feel like I always learn from the experience.
Do you plan dance poses for the photoshoot ahead of time?
Sometimes I come up with a few and Oliver usually has some ideas of his own.
What’s your favorite part of the city of San Francisco?
Christmas time at Union Square is insane and I love it. I pretend I’m in NYC. I like crowds, just as long as I’m not in any big rush. I’m a fast walker and I pummel people down.
Any favorite place to shop?
Not in particular. I shop at a lot of different places.
How would you describe your personal fashion?
I wear what I want to wear. I usually want to wear big sweaters, boots, and scarves. I like pastels and dark colors. I love dresses.
Any favorite quotes?
“I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
- Ray Bradbury
What’s something that surprises people about you?
I guess it surprises people how much I eat.
Get any new leotards recently?
I bought a pink Yumiko this year.
Who inspires you?
There’s lots of dancers that inspire me. I think Alessandra Ferri is my favorite because of how she made every step purposeful. What also really inspires me is when a dancer can continue to improve over the years and not just get comfortable.