Photos: Christian Moore
Sienna Morris is just getting started - she’s only 13 - but already had major success in the competition scene, winning national titles at New York City Dance Alliance, Onstage New York, and The Dance Awards. After a recent move from Connecticut to Florida, she is getting ready to focus on ballet training and entering ballet competitions for the first time! Sienna is self-motivated and creative, so I am confident we will be seeing great things from her.
I talked to Sienna to get to know her better:
Where do you currently dance?
I have been dancing at Westchester Dance Academy in Mt. Kisco, NY for the past 4 years. I am so grateful for my training and growth while dancing at WDA. My family just moved three weeks ago from Connecticut to the Orlando area of Florida. I'm going to start training with Skyra Studios in Altamonte Springs, FL. I will be in their Ballet Conservatory program and I'm excited to focus more on ballet/pointe and learning variations. I started homeschooling last year so I will continue with that since my new ballet program will be from 11am - 5pm.
When and where did you start dancing?
I started dancing when I was 3 years old at The Conservatory of Dance in Connecticut. I danced there for 6 years while also competing gymnastics at the local YMCA.
Why did you decide to train more intensely in dance and what are some of your goals?
When I was 8 years old, we were visiting family in Pittsburgh, PA where I visited a dance studio and saw some elite dancers there my age and I wanted to join them so badly! That was when I knew I wanted to stop doing gymnastics and train at a higher level in dance. Even at age 8, I had such a passion for dance that I worked hard on my own- I just had a fire in me to improve every day. That was when I decided to go to Westchester Dance Academy and my goals were to compete at NYCDA and The Dance Awards. I have worked really hard and have had an amazing 4 years at some of the best dance competitions in the country. I have been lucky enough to win a few National titles, Mini and Junior National winner at NYCDA and junior National winner at Onstage New York, 2nd Runner Up at The Dance Awards. My new goals are to do well at some of the ballet competitions here in Florida and possibly get a scholarship. My long-term goals are to possibly be dancing on a big stage in New York City, like being a Rockette or in a company like New York City Ballet or ABT.
What has been your favorite project so far?
I've really enjoyed getting to know dancers from all around the country while doing modeling jobs for dancewear companies like Jo+Jax in Utah, and Capezio & Sugarlulu in New York City. I have loved traveling with NYCDA as a National winner and meeting dancers and their families from all over the country.
What have you been doing during quarantine?
I trained a lot during quarantine in my basement in Connecticut. Luckily, my parents helped me set up a nice little dance area with a mirror, barre and floor several months prior to that which really came in handy. I tried my best to stay focused, put dance clothes on every day and work on technique. I had some fun with the TikTok app during quarantine and made some YouTube videos. I also entered two major National dance competitions that were held virtually. It was nice to spend more time with my sister who was home from college and my brother who is always very busy with sports and just left for his first year of college this fall.
What kind of pointe shoes do you wear?
I switch between Capezio, Grishko and Russian Pointe. My current shoes are Russian Pointe Rubin Radiance.
Do you have any favorite dancers or artists you look up to?
I just had the opportunity to work with Dusty Button on a contemporary solo in California. It was a dream come true to work with one of my biggest inspirations. She is someone I've looked up to for a very long time. She always stays true to herself and she's a very strong technical ballerina.
What has been your favorite purchase so far from Beam & Barre?
This is a tough question. I always come home satisfied with new leotards, shoes and dance products from a shopping trip to Beam & Barre. One thing I enjoy are pointe shoe fittings. They really take their time to help me find the best fitting shoe that looks and feels great!
What are you looking forward to in the fall/ when things reopen?
I am really looking forward to performing variations at major ballet competitions this fall like YAGP and ADC/IBC since it is a new challenge for me. I am also super excited to tour again with NYCDA as their Junior assistant.
You can follow Sienna on Instagram and TikTok @sisimorris and on her Youtube channel, Sienna Morris.