Sidney Haefs, a Santa Clarita, Calif. native, started as a Trainee in 2018-19 and was invited to become an apprentice with Kansas City Ballet this season.
Q: TELL US WHY YOU BECAME A DANCER.
A: I started dancing at the age of 3 1/2. My mother danced growing up and she always loved it so she enrolled me in ballet classes to see if I would enjoy it. I honestly did not like it very much at first! I think because I was a talkative child and this would get me into trouble during class! However, I really started to enjoy it as I kept up with it and from there I fell in love. It gave me confidence and pushed me to work hard to achieve my goals. I became a dancer because it was a language that spoke to me.
Q: IS THERE SOMEONE SPECIFIC THAT INSPIRES YOU IN YOUR LIFE AND/OR CAREER?
A: I find inspiration more from the dancers I work with rather than just one specific person. Being able to watch these artists push their boundaries and strive to grow as movers and story tellers is a beautiful thing to be able to experience. Each and every dancer in this company is unique and brings something different to the table and I think that in itself inspires everyone to work and grow not only as artists but as human beings.
Q: WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT THE 2019-20 KCB SEASON?
A: Everything! This season’s repertoire is very exciting. There is a mix of contemporary, classical, and neoclassical works. It is amazing to see the company pushed in so many different ways. As dancers, I believe we all love a challenge and this is a season that allows everyone to push their boundaries not only physically but artistically.
Q: HOW DO YOU STAY FIT AND HEALTHY OUTSIDE OF THE STUDIO?
A: I try and incorporate Pilates as well as some weight training and cardio outside of our regular dance day. As ballet dancers, our bodies are expected to do a lot that isn’t always natural. Cross training allows us to work our muscles in a different way in order to help us stay strong. It allows us to keep our bodies balanced and not overwork our muscles in just one kind of way.
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