Jenna Savella"I want to be proud, not only of my career, but of the person that I am."

Jenna Savella, First SoloistBorn: Vancouver, British Columbia
Trained: DanceWest and Lavrova Classical Ballet Academy in Surrey, British Columbia and Canada’s National Ballet School

Could you tell us 3 random things we don’t know about you?
Christmas is my favourite time of year, I like to make bread and I want a puppy.

Which movie could you watch on repeat?
Elf.

What would you have done as a career if ballet hadn’t come your way?
I like to imagine myself as a doctor.Jenna Savella, First SoloistHave you ever had an embarrassing moment performance-wise?
There have been many moments, but the most recent would have to be during my performance as the Bee in The Nutcracker. I slipped during my first entrance, ended up doing what felt like a butt spin, looked a bit confused and then kept going.

What’s the last thing that brought tears to your eyes?
My husband, Christopher Stalzer and my great friends Juri Hiraoka, James Leja, Keiichi Hirano and Patrick Lavoie retiring from the company. I miss having them in the studio every day, but am still inspired by them.

When you have a day off, what’s your favourite way to spend it?
Relaxing at home with Chris or hanging out with friends trying new things. Both of these scenarios must involve delicious food.Jenna Savella, First SoloistWhere in the world would you like to see yourself living some day?
I would love to move back to the West Coast. I was born in Vancouver and see myself there raising a family one day.

Was there a pivotal moment that sold you on being a ballet dancer over doing anything else?
Being accepted to the Canada’s National Ballet School made me realize that being a ballet dancer was something I could really do and make a career of. I always loved to dance but was naive to the fact that I could actually make a living of it.

What is your philosophy towards your work?
I have always been inspired by people in the company with integrity and an amazing work ethic. I try to follow their example every day and be one of these individuals. I want to be proud, not only of my career, but of the person that I am.Jenna Savella, First SoloistMilk chocolate or dark?
Milk Chocolate!

What’s your definition of a successful ballet dancer?
Someone who can be proud of their work in any role, whether it’s a corps, soloist, character or a principal role.

What’s the worst thing about being a dancer and what’s the best?
Worst: Hideous feet and toes, it can get scary especially in my case.
Best: Performing. The feeling of creating magic, being totally in the moment, inspired by the music, the work and the audience is unbeatable.Jenna Savella, First SoloistDo you ever feel as magical as you look when you dance, or is it mainly just hard work and focus up there?
Performing can feel as magical as it looks, especially when you come across a role that suits you or that you especially enjoy. It is hard work onstage, but that is part of what creates a magical performance and makes it so satisfying for the dancer as well as the audience.

What’s your guilty pleasure song that’ll make you rock out no matter where you are?
I love the new Adele song Hello, no surprise there, but I feel really guilty about rocking out to the Justin Bieber song What Do You Mean?

Thoughts on dating: inside the dance world, or out?
I think people should explore the world outside of dance, but I’m not one to talk. I found the love of my life in the studio.Jenna Savella, First SoloistDo you have a celebrity crush?
Right now it’s Jon Snow from Game of Thrones.

What cheers you up on an off day?
My husband, Chris.

What is your fashion style outside of work?
Hip, but not hipster.

Favorite Ballet?
James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons and Giselle are two of my favourite ballets.

Dream role?
Giselle.IMG_7767-2Jenna Savella is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.
Read Jenna’s bio, http://national.ballet.ca/Meet/Dancers/1st-Soloists/Jenna-Savella
See Jenna onstage with The National Ballet of Canada during the 2015/16 season, national.ballet.ca