Beckanne Sisk
The Rock School for Dance Education
Philadelphia, PA
Birthday: August 22, 1992
Birthstone: Peridot
Horoscope: Leo

What were you like as a child?

I have always been very outgoing and have always loved to sing and dance. When I was little I would have my mom hang a microphone over the ceiling fan, and I would put on little performances for my family.

What was your home life like? Any brothers or sisters and do any of them dance?

I have always been very close with my mom, and love to hang out with my four brothers and sisters. I have an older brother and sister, a younger brother and sister. Both of my sisters have danced ballet in the past. .

Are there any books, or teachers that influence you, or that are memorable for you?

Mariaelena Ruiz has been extremely influential in my ballet career. She has helped me stay positive and believe in myself over the past two years that I have worked closely with her.

What is your favorite subject in class?

My favorite subject in school is history. I love reading about World War II. It is very close to my heart because my grandfather fought in WWII.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I like to play guitar hero and go out in the city with my friends.

If you were on a deserted island and you could only take 5 things with you, what 5 things would those be?

If I was stuck on a deserted island and could only take 5 things with me, I would take my i-pod, a journal, luna bars, my cell phone, and my camera.

What's the silliest thing you've done?

Last year during my school's gala performance I left my pointe shoes at the studio after warm up class. We were all getting ready to go on when I realized this. I had to borrow my friend's old shoes; however, the shoes were too small so I had to cut the back of the shoes open so that they would fit on my feet.

Do you collect anything special?

The closest thing I have to a collection would have to be all the photo's I take of me, my friends and family.

What made you decide to start taking dance classes?

My older sister, Jessica, took dance and I always loved watching her perform, so it compelled me to begin ballet classes.

Have you always wanted to be a dancer?

I've always known that I wanted to be some sort of performer, but it wasn't until I was 13 that I decided to pursue a career as a professional ballet dancer.

What is a typical day like for you?

I usually wake up around 7:30am and go to school between the hours of 8 and 10. At the Rock School, our first ballet class is conducted at 10:30 and then there is a pointe class from 12 to 1. At 1:30 we typically have rehearsal; however, on days that we are not rehearsing we go back to school for another hour in the day. Finally, from 4 to 6 we have our last ballet class for the day and get to go home after that.

On any given day what can we typically find in your dance bag?

On any given day you can typically find Suffolk Solo pointe shoes, Sansha ballet flat shoes, tights, an extra leotard, band aids, Advil, hair pins, hair spray, make up, ballet skirts, and trash bag shorts.

What do you like most about dancing?

What I like most about dancing is the music. I love the music so much that sometimes I even buy it on itunes.

What do you think is unique about you and or your dancing?

I feel that my dancing is unique because when I am onstage I put my whole self into the music and the movement.

What has been your favorite dance moment?

My favorite dance moment was when I performed my contemporary at YAGP regionals. I felt confident, comfortable, and as if I had accomplished something.

What challenges do you face as a dancer?

The challenge that I face as a dancer is my scoliosis. My scoliosis hinders me because it causes me a lot of pain in and outside of dance. I have gone to physical therapy over the past year to minimalize this pain; however, the degree of my scoliosis has increased to the point that I might possibly have to have surgery.

What are you most proud of about yourself as a dancer?

I am proud that I have not allowed my scoliosis to stop me from improving and accomplishing my personal goals as a dancer.

What highlights of your dance life touched you most?

The major highlight in my dance life would have to be when I won first place for my contemporary at the YAGP Regional competition. I was extremely nervous while I was standing in the wings, but as soon as I walked on stage I felt everything come to together in the best way possible. In the end all of the long hours of rehearsing were worth it.

Who has most influenced you or had the greatest impact on you in regards to dance?

Mariaelena Ruiz has most influenced me in regards to dance because she encourages me to stay positive and pushes me to work towards my fullest potential.

If you could choose one dancer to perform with, who would it be, and what production would it be?

If I could choose any dancer to perform with I would choose Daniel Ulbricht because he is extremely graceful and a beautiful dancer. The production that I would want to perform with him would be "Pharaoh's Daughter" because I absolutely love that ballet and I think it would be a wonderful piece to perform.

What are some of the hardships you've had to endure along the way, some of the obstacles you've had to overcome?

The challenge that I face as a dancer is my scoliosis. My scoliosis hinders me because it causes me a lot of pain in and outside of dance. I have gone to physical therapy over the past year to minimalize this pain; however, the degree of my scoliosis has increased to the point that I might possibly have to have surgery.

All dancers have to overcome problems and injuries, have you had any injuries and if so what have you done to deal with them?

The challenge that I face as a dancer is my scoliosis. My scoliosis hinders me because it causes me a lot of pain in and outside of dance. I have gone to physical therapy over the past year to minimalize this pain; however, the degree of my scoliosis has increased to the point that I might possibly have to have surgery.

Before a performance, how do you prepare yourself to get into character?

Before a performance, I try to calm my nerves by warming up and listening to Marilyn Manson on my ipod.

Do you have any pre-performance rituals?

Honestly, I don't really have any pre-performance rituals.

How does the audience affect you?

I try not to let the audience have an effect on me, but instead, to have an effect on the audience.

What do you want the audience to get from your performance?

What I want the audience to get my performance is for them to appreciate the music and the movement as much as I do.

Can you describe the feeling you have when you are in the wings, waiting for your cue, and you hear the music and you enter the stage?

While I am waiting in the wings for my cue I typically feel very nervous but as soon as I walk on stage I let that all go and become very confident.

What thoughts occur to you while you are dancing?

When I am on stage, I don't really think about anything I just dance.

If you were to give one piece of advice to aspiring dancers, what would that be?

One piece of advice that I would give to aspiring dancers would be, take chances and even when you are having a bad day, make it work and don't give up.

Do you plan to pursue a career in dance?

I hope to pursue a career in dance eventually.

Beckanne's Favorite Things

Actor/Actress: Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie
Singer: Shiny Toy Guns
Color: Turquoise
Place To Visit: The Beach
Memory: I have too many great memories to be able to pick one.
Animal: Monkey
Magazine: Allure
Song: "So Cold" by Breaking Benjamin
Holiday: Christmas
Dancer: Sylvie Guillem
Movie: 300
Outfit: Jeans and my Ed Hardy shirt
Hairstyle: Long with side swept bangs
Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.
Fragrance: Burberry
Shoes: My Ed Hardy tennis shoes
Dancewear: Mirella
Dance Catalog: Discount Dance Supply
Dance Competition: Youth America Grand Prix