backward--thinking asked: I don't think Miko Fogarty is from Switzerland. I'm pretty sure she lives in America. But I could be wrong…
She competed in Prix de Lausanne as a Swiss competitor. She says so in this video (@2 minutes) & the source of that picture I posted cites her as Swiss. I couldn’t find any other source, such as a Wikipedia page, but I’m guessing she was born in Switzerland & remains a Swiss citizen? Something along those lines, I’d think. She does live in the U.S. (California), but that wouldn’t necessarily make her from the States by birth, ya know? Also, I think her mother is Japanese, but I’m less sure about that. I think it’s discussed in First Position.
Anonymous asked: I like your blog, a lot. But if you aren't a pre-professional ballet dancer, I'm not sure how I feel about you giving advice to dancers that need it. Did you dance in a studio company?
I started this blog several years ago because I was dissatisfied with the quality of ballet content on Tumblr; this isn’t an advice blog.
It’s also not my personal blog, so any message I receive that I elect to answer, I do so publicly. There’s no back alley advice giving going on. As I’m sure you’ve probably noticed, most of the questions I receive are related to starting ballet late, or whether or not the individual has the potential to make it professionally. I always advise those people to continue to seek their dream, regardless of perceived skill level, & that I have no ability or desire to appraise their artistic potential over the internet. I have never claimed to be some all-knowing source, & I try tell the asker to consult their teacher when necessary. I don’t give dangerous or misleading advice (not that I really get questions that would elicit potentially dangerous advice…), & if my response is based in personal experience, I let it be known.
Also, as I’ve stated before, I was a pre-professional dancer. I decided to go the academic route instead.