Priyana Acharya, a native of Libertyville, Ill., joins the Second Company as a Trainee.
Q: TELL US WHY YOU BECAME A DANCER?
A: I started dancing when I was 2 years old. However, I started to pursue ballet more intensely when I turned 13 and started attending summer programs. I became a dancer because I enjoy being able to share a story with others. Most people expect someone to only be able to share a story through words, but dance allows you to express yourself through movement. This is one of the many aspects of dance that makes me continue to want to pursue this profession.
Q: IS THERE SOMEONE SPECIFIC THAT INSPIRES YOU IN YOUR LIFE AND/OR CAREER?
A: Yasmine Naghdi is one ballerina who truly inspires me! Her strength and artistic choices are incredible. She is also a very versatile dancer! Nowadays, it is important to be able to do any form of dance and perform it to the best of your abilities, which is exactly what Yasmine does!
Q: HOW DO YOU STAY FIT AND HEALTHY OUTSIDE OF THE STUDIO?
A: I love taking Pilates and yoga classes because they are really good forms of cross-training. Yoga and Pilates classes help to strengthen your body so that you are able to work to your fullest and healthiest potential in class and rehearsals.
Q: WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT THE 2019-20 sEASON?
A: I am very excited for the amazing repertoire this season! From The Nutcracker to Swan Lake to Serenade…there is so much to look forward to this season. Also, I love the environment here at Kansas City Ballet because all of the faculty and staff are so welcoming, kind, and supportive. Everyone is one big family!
Top Photograph by Savanna Daniels.