Q: TELL US WHY YOU BECAME A DANCER?
A: When I was 2 ½ years old, my mom took me to see The Nutcracker. When it was over, she asked me what I thought of it and I said, “I want to do that.” My passion for dancing has led me throughout my entire life!
Q: WITH SO MANY UNKNOWNS, WHAT POSITIVES DO YOU CHOOSE TO FOCUS ON THIS SEASON?
A: I think it is very important to be fully appreciative of each moment, especially during this unpredictable time. I am very grateful that Kansas City Ballet has advocated for us as dancers and has found ways for us to continue dancing. The best is yet to come!
Q: WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THE EXPANDED OFF SEASON?
A: I was able to spend a lot of time with my family and we even adopted a second dog! I mostly gardened, built and refurbished furniture/artwork for my apartment in KC, kayaked, and hiked with my family and our dogs often.
Q: WHAT IS SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE WOULDN’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
A: I am a former Junior Olympic rhythmic gymnast, was a member of the USA Youth Elite Squad, and trained at the USA Olympic Training Centers.
I have always been incredibly passionate about human biomechanics, psychology, and rehabilitation which has led me to pursuing a college degree in Kinesiology and Sport & Performance Psychology! This interest of mine can be directly applied to dance and dancers, which I find fascinating.
Q: WHO INSPIRES YOU?
A: My parents and my brother are the biggest inspirations in my life and career through the selflessness, intelligence, and perseverance that they display. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them.
Photograph by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.