- What age did you start dancing?
I started taking ballet classes when I was three, but started studying ballet more seriously around age 13.
- What is the best advice you have ever been given?
The best advice I’ve been given is from one of my teachers at Charlotte Ballet. Anita Pacylowski-Justo said “Your ballet journey isn’t a race, it is a marathon.” This advice reminds me that every dancer improves at their own rate, and I should not compare my journey to other dancers.
- What item can you never seem to cross off your To-Do list?
I’ve always wanted to find and read more good books, but between my dance schedule and school, I don’t seem to find the time to read for pleasure.
- What is one thing people are surprised to learn about you?
People are surprised to learn that my sister Rachel Skergan has bilateral cochlear implants because she is deaf. I’m so grateful both of my sisters are able to dance with me! I love sharing the performing experience with them both.
- What is one thing you know now that you wish you knew when you were younger?
I have always been worried about my grades in school, but I wish I would’ve not worried about them so much in middle school. I would have liked to know that you do not need to stress about grades so much and it is ok to not get perfect scores.
- What is the one thing in your dance bag you use the most?
I probably use my ballet and pointe shoes the most.
- Favorite variation of all time?
Tchaikovsky Pas de deux is my original favorite but I enjoy learning any variation!
- What are you obsessed with at the moment?
I wouldn’t call myself obsessed with this, but I have been getting into iced coffee. It’s so good! I also enjoy driving alone more since I have my license.
- What is the last thing you watched on TV or favorite Netflix show?
Some of my favorite Netflix shows right now are The Office, Anne with an E, and Parks and Recreation!
- What is more challenging, a solo or ensemble?
I think a solo is more challenging because everyone is watching you when you perform. In ensemble pieces, there are more dancers around you which can make you feel more comfortable onstage. Both are super fun to learn and do!
- What reality TV show would you join the cast?
I don’t really watch reality tv shows, but I would live in the movie La La Land!
- How many bobby pins are in your bun?
20-25 pins depending on the day.
- If you were not a dancer, what would you choose as a career?
I would like to work in the mental health field as a psychologist or psychiatrist. I also would enjoy working with physical health as a nutritionist or physical therapist!