Solo Chat: Allison DeBona of Ballet West

Get to know Ballet West's first soloist, Allison DeBona! We've got the inside scoop from her ballet faves to her dream-list celebrity dinner dates. Check Allison out on Instagram, @allidebona, to stay up-to-date on her life in and out of the studio! 

  1. Who/what inspired you to start dancing? When I was three my mother put me in ballet and gymnastics.  She said I made the choice that I didn’t like gymnastics and just wanted to do ballet! The rest is history, I guess!

  2. Tell us your faves!

    1. What’s your favorite Ballet?  Nicolo Fonte’s ‘Rite of Spring’ that was originated on Ballet West.

    2. Role to dance?  I don’t have one.

    3. Stage you have danced on?  I loved dancing at Millennium Park for the Chicago Dancing Festival because I felt like a rock star in front of 12k people!

    4. Ballet costume?  Ballet West’s Snow pas de deux tutu from The Nutcracker! I feel so pretty in all white!

    5. Place you have travelled to? Victoria, B.C..

  3. What gives you inspiration? Making my family proud is what drives me most to succeed.  

  4. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career?  Not having the confidence in myself when I need to most.

  5. What motivates you? Right now, what motivates me is having a stable future for a family one day.  Our careers are so short, but I’m trying to make the most of mine and turn it into a sustainable future.

  6. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I am not capable of lying.  Sometimes I really wish I could, but if I tried, you would know.

  7. Pre-performance routine? It changes based on the rep we are doing.  But, whatever I do the first day of theatre week will stay for the entire run.  The one thing that stays consistent is a hot shower before I head back to the theatre.

  8. Favorite non-dance hobbies? Playing football.

  9. Go-to cross training outside of the studio?  Running and lifting weights.

  10. Words to live by?  It’s OK to have bad days.

  11. You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite?  Tim Burton, Val Kilmer, Justin Timberlake, Ben Roethlisberger, the Pope and Oprah.

  12. If you could partner with any celebrity, who would it be? Channing Tatum

  13. If you could turn any movie into a ballet, what movie would you choose? The Monster Squad.

  14. Best piece of advice?  Don’t be afraid to do what makes you happy.

We have to ask!...what’s your most memorable outtake on set with Breaking Pointe?  Anything from the night in Season 1 when they had Katie Critchlow (my old roommate) and I stretching in our dining room. Ridiculous!