Suki Schorer, faculty of the School of American Ballet, works with a young dancer at the 2012 SAB summer session auditions in Seattle. Photo by Greg Gilbert.

Suki Schorer, faculty of the School of American Ballet, works with a young dancer at the 2012 SAB summer session auditions in Seattle. Photo by Greg Gilbert.

kenz-oh said: 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 said: 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. 

Miko Fogarty (16) of Switzerland performs her contemporary variation during the finals of the Prix de Lausanne on February 2, 2013. Fogarty won the Best Swiss Candidate award. [Photo/Agencies]

Miko Fogarty (16) of Switzerland performs her contemporary variation during the finals of the Prix de Lausanne on February 2, 2013. Fogarty won the Best Swiss Candidate award. [Photo/Agencies]

Olivia Cowley, Itziar Mendizabal, Sarah Lamb, with Rupert Pennefather in The Royal Ballet’s Apollo

Olivia Cowley, Itziar Mendizabal, Sarah Lamb, with Rupert Pennefather in The Royal Ballet’s Apollo

Sarah Lamb & Federico Bonelli as Princess Rose and her Prince in Royal Ballet’s revival of The Prince of the Pagodas, June 2012
photo © Dave Morgan

Sarah Lamb & Federico Bonelli as Princess Rose and her Prince in Royal Ballet’s revival of The Prince of the Pagodas, June 2012

photo © Dave Morgan