Welcome back to Q&A Friday! Today our Ambassador is 25-year-old Katie Pilone. Attending Butler University was only the beginning for this dedicated dancer. Read more about how her rigorous training led to success.
Where do you currently train?
I received my dance training at the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet. I continued my training at Butler University’s ballet program. I also received training at summer intensives like American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, BalletMet, and Kansas City Ballet. I’ve spent the last two years with the Oklahoma City Ballet Studio Company. I am excited to be joining Northwest Arkansas Ballet Theatre next season.
What pointe shoe do you wear and why?
I wear Russian Pointe Rubins. They work well for me because I have a wide foot with a narrow heel. These shoes are supportive, last a long time, and allow me to articulate through my feet. Russian Pointe Rubins help give me the confidence to dance to my fullest ability.
How was your experience at Butler University?
I absolutely loved my experience at Butler University. It was so important for me to continue my education in addition to my dance training. The rigorous daily schedule of classes and diverse faculty helped give me the tools I needed to succeed.
If you aren’t dancing, how do you spend your time?
I work as the company manager of Moving Arts, a summer dance company that employs artists and presents their work in residence. I also enjoy teaching Pilates, cross-training, and spending time with family and friends.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is definitely my mom. She has helped guide me along this journey from such a young age. She used to be a dancer herself, so she truly understands what it takes. I can easily say that I would not be where I am today without her. She inspires me to be the best version of myself.
Do you have a favorite piece you’ve danced?
My favorite piece I’ve danced is Viva Vivaldi by Gerarld Arpino. It was one of my first featured roles on stage and was challenging both physically and artistically. I felt like this piece helped me gain confidence in my dancing as well as grow as an artist.
Any advice you’d like to give to younger dancers?
Don’t give up! Learn from each experience and take it with you to your next step. Be confident and never stop believing in yourself.
Thanks for reading today’s Q&A! Follow Katie on Instagram @katiepilone to tag along on her artistic journey. Want to be next week’s featured Ambassador? Tag us in your best dance photo en pointe on Instagram @thepointeshop.