Born: New York City, New York
Trained: Canada’s National Ballet School
If someone handed you $1,000,000 tomorrow, you would…
I would travel the world. I love living in Toronto, but there’s so much out there to see. I’d probably start with a big European tour and then go from there!
Which movie could you watch on repeat?
Miss Congeniality is my go to that I could watch on repeat but I was also pretty obsessed with Avatar when it came out!
What’s the worst thing about being a dancer and what’s the best?
The worst thing about being a dancer is definitely the continual injury and exhaustion. You’re pretty much always sore and tired; it’s just a part of the profession we all have to accept. There’s also a great deal of stress that goes into performing because you want to do a good job. Which happens to also be a good thing because it proves you care deeply about something. I’d hate to be working at a job that doesn’t challenge me or fuel my passions. The best part about being a ballet dancer, which makes up for all the physical pain and stress, is that we get to perform onstage for a living to live music. There’s no better high!What’s your guilty pleasure song that’ll make you rock out no matter where you are?
I love so many different types of music. Being a ballet dancer also really opens you up to hearing a lot of really great music by both traditional and contemporary musicians and composers. When it comes to my playlist, I’d have to say anything by Meagan Trainor, I love top 40 music and I have a very strong love/hate relationship with Justin Bieber
Are there any costumes that you’ve either danced in or seen that strike you as amazing or memorable?
The Nutcracker Snow costumes. I remember being devastated that I couldn’t do The Nutcracker my first year as an Apprentice because of a fracture in my left foot and the most upsetting part was that I wouldn’t get to wear a Snowflake tutu!
What is your fashion style outside of work?
My style is minimalist and comfortable, and I rarely deviate from the colour black! I tend to go more outside the box when it comes to my shoes!
Although I’ve never seen it performed live, my favourite classical ballet is Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armande. I saw Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin perform it on YouTube and fell in love with it. It’s really hard to fall in love with a ballet from a tape, so if I liked it on a tiny screen, I can’t imagine how much I’d love it in real life. My favourite contemporary piece is probably Crystal Pite’s Emergence. I saw the National Ballet do it when I was at Canada’s National Ballet School and I talked about it to my parents for weeks. Who knew you could make a ballet about bugs so captivating! Dream role?
Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.
Tell us about an awe-inspiring thing you’ve seen or experienced.
Probably one of the most awe inspiring things I’ve experienced was being on stage when I won The Erik Bruhn Prize. I remember being so ready to get onstage, regardless of what the outcome was. I was really nervous of course but also really excited. When they announced my name as the female winner, I was in shock! I didn’t expect it at all! I don’t think I’ve ever cried so many happy tears in my life. I count that night as being one the greatest nights I’ve had so far!What is the best advice you’ve been given?
The best advice I’ve been given is that I don’t have to be the best. This advice really helped take the pressure of being perfect off my shoulders and it helped me enjoy my time onstage. It helped me remember why I got into dancing in the first place, because I love it, not because I wanted to be the best!Hannah Fischer is sponsored through Dancers First by Judy & Bella Matthews.
See Hannah onstage in the 2017/18 season, national.ballet.ca