Keep reading this exclusive Q&A with Bunheads actress Julia Goldani Telles to get to know this “bunhead” a little bit better! Did you know she’s been dancing since she was five? Or that Portuguese is her first language? Keep reading to find out more!
At what age did you start dancing?
I started when I was five. I played a Bon Bon in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!
What’s your favorite type of dance?
I love all different types of dance. My favorite is contemporary -- which we’re getting to do a little bit of on Bunheads. :)
What’s your favorite dance move?
I love to turn! Pirouettes are the best.
What's your favorite song to dance to?
“What I Like About You” - The Romantics
What is your favorite post-workout snack?
My mama’s pasta!!
What are three interesting things you want fans to know about you?
1) Portuguese is my first language. I learned English when I was six!
2) I love to write! I’ve been collecting journals since I was seven.
3) I’m an aunt! Talking about my baby niece is, annoyingly enough, one of my favorite subjects.
There's always the debate: are dancers athletes? To us, it's clear. YES! But can you tell someone that doesn't know a lot about ballet, the types of strengths and skills that make this art as hard as any sport?
One of the biggest challenges in ballet is making something incredibly difficult look effortless. Appearing light and flexible requires hours of strength training and sweat. Ballet is very unnatural for the body and to be able to stand on your toes (for example) you have to work your muscles away from everything they’re naturally inclined to do.