20 Questions with Hannah Fischer
April 16, 2020

Hannah Fischer. Photo by Karolina Kuras.
1. What are the top three activities you have been doing during social distancing?

  • Colouring
  • Home workouts: which include ballet floor barre and standing barre, modified ballet Center, HIIT works with former dancer Rui Huang on Instagram, Lynne Charles pointe barre workouts and runs outside (but being sure to maintain distance.) I don’t do all these workouts in a day. I pick and choose between them but I do a ballet class, albeit modified due to our confined space, every day.
  • Netflix on the couch with my boyfriend. We are currently binging Community!
2. What would you have done as a career if ballet hadn't come your way?

Interior Design.
 
3. Have you ever had an embarrassing moment performance-wise?

Yes! Countless! But my most embarrassing moment was belly flopping onto the floor after slipping from a jump, during the flower scene in The Nutcracker. I also took out two other dancers. As I was in shock on the floor, when the Bee made her second entrance, she had to jump over me. She was so surprised, she yelled as she jumped over me! Epic fail! 

4. What is your work philosophy?

Be kind to yourself and only focus on improving yourself instead of comparing yourself to others.
 
5. How do you handle criticism?

I handle criticism by making sure I fully understand it so that I can make a plan as to how to handle and fix it. I ask for specifics and make sure I communicate so I can fully understand the correction or the critique. I panic when I’m given too vague a critique.
 
6. Favorite colour and least favorite colour?

I only wear black and neutrals honestly! If I did want some colour, I’d go for something blue


7. What's your definition of a successful ballet dancer?

A successful ballet dancer is one who is able to tackle their own fears and doubts. By doing this they are able to get onstage and perform at a consistent level. It also allows them to be open to criticism and the notion of failing. Getting over your fears is the best way to be successful in this career.
 
8. What’s the worst thing about being a dancer and what’s the best?

The worst is having to overcome the daily mental hurdles that accompany dance (fatigue, pain, fear, self-doubt). The best is getting onstage and getting lost in a performance.
 
9. What's your guilty pleasure song that'll make you rock out no matter where you are?

Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane. 


 10. What are three random things most people don't know about you?
  • I hate wearing jeans.
  • I learnt Japanese as a third language in grade school and spoke it fluently... I’ve forgotten most of it now!
  • I’m really bad at riding a bicycle.
11. What was the last thing you changed your mind about?

Tofu! Usually I don’t go near it but if it’s crisped nicely, it’s delicious!
 
12. What cheers you up on an off day?

Lounging on the couch with my boyfriend.


13. Do you have any bad habits that you're working on breaking?

Ordering takeout when I have perfectly good food in the fridge! I’m too lazy at times to cook!
 
14. What is your favorite memory of being onstage?

Anytime the curtain goes up. The anticipation is both very nerve racking and totally exhilarating!
 
15. Favorite ballet?

Giselle or Romeo and Juliet. I haven’t danced the title roles in either, but it is my dream to!


16. What's the biggest risk you've taken, either personally or in your career?

Pursuing dance even through difficult times. I struggled with an autoimmune disorder and pushing through that was a huge risk that totally paid off!
 
17. When are you most proud of yourself?

When I’ve accomplished all the necessary things to feel confident onstage. That includes rehearsing enough and rehearsing productively. It’s about getting enough sleep and eating healthy to sustain me for giving the best performance. When I feel confident in myself and my abilities, I am able to produce at my highest level and feel proud of myself!

18. Tell us about an awe-inspiring thing you've seen or experienced.

The level of commitment the dance world has taken to make sure our dance community stays positive and motivated during COVID-19. The closeness of the community is so inspiring!
 
19. Do you have a favourite quote?

“You don’t have to set the world on fire!” Meaning, just do your best and be proud of that. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to rock everyone’s world!
 
20. Finally, what is the top item on your bucket list?
Career wise, my bucket list is to perform roles such as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Tatiana in Onegin and Manon.

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