Q: TELL US WHEN YOU BECAME A DANCER?
A: When I was only 2 years old I started taking dance classes at my parents’ local gym as their attempt to distract me while they worked out. Then when I turned 5, I saw a performance of The Nutcracker and fell in love with the art form. Shortly after, my mom signed me up for classes at an actual dance studio.
Q: WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU TO DANCE?
A: There are so many teachers of mine who have inspired me and helped me along my journey. One in particular is my teacher Emily Norris. When not many people believed in me, she lifted me up and helped me find my love for dance again. Tiler Peck is another influence of mine in ballet. To me, she is the epitome of a prima ballerina. Her quick and precise movement, in addition to her quality, set her above and beyond many female dancers.
Q: WHAT ARE A FEW OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS?
A: My ‘K’ necklace comes everywhere with me, and reminds me of my family. You can always see me wearing it. Another favorite thing of mine is my recipe card book. Cooking has become one of my favorite hobbies, and my dad (who happens to be a chef) inspires me to come up with new recipes and challenge myself in the kitchen. Finally, my collection of Polaroids. Having tangible memories of my friends and family throughout the years hanging up wherever I go makes me feel at home.
Q: HOW DO YOU STAY FIT AND HEALTHY OUTSIDE OF THE STUDIO?
A: Yoga is one of my favorite activities. Taking yoga helps me really activate my core and work on my balance, without hurting or straining my body. I also love to hike and explore nature, it’s such a fun and relaxing way to see the world.
Top Photograph by Savanna Daniels.