We recently met up at Riverside Park in NYC with FLX Model & new Dutch National Ballet Junior Company Member, Melissa Chapski (@ballerinachi via Instagram). She recently finished up her two years of intensive studies with Ellison Ballet School before heading to Amsterdam to jump right in to her professional career. Likes most dancers who sign contracts at age 18, Melissa eats, sleeps and breathes classical ballet.
Find out more about this young professional on the rise!
Q: What age did you start dancing?
I danced recreationally until the age of 14 and then decided that I wanted to pursue dancing several days a week after attending Ellison Ballet Summer Intensive. I ended up quitting all the sports that I had been playing up until then so that I could dance six days a week.
Q: Where are you dancing now?
I am dancing with the Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company in Amsterdam for the 2015-2016 season.
Q: What is your dream company?
My dream companies (in no order) are Mariinsky and Dutch National Ballet.
Q: What is your favorite performance so far & why?
My favorite performances so far have been those at the Indianapolis International Ballet Competition this year (June 2015). I danced a variation from Raymonda, a contemporary solo called “Weight of Darkness”, and a variation from Paquita. These were my favorite performances because they were my last performances as a student and I really felt myself opening up as an artist. I felt that I really left my soul on the stage and fully gave myself to the audience. It was definitely a special time for me and a turning point in my dancing that I will always remember, thanks to my wonderful coach from Ellison Ballet, Ms. Erin Forrest.
Q: Favorite variation?
Top three (no order) - First act Raymonda, known as the “Vision” variation or the “Tableau de Reve”; All Aurora variations; Nikiya’s Monologue.
Q: Dream role?
Aurora for sure.
Q: What are some of your hobbies when you aren't dancing?
Eating good food, watching ballet, shopping, going to the beach, exploring…..
Q: What is your fave dessert?
Depends on the mood - either frozen yogurt or chocolate cake. :)
Q: If you could partner with any celebrity, who would it be?
Mikhail Baryshnikov for sure.
Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
St. Petersburg, Russia.