Q: TELL US WHEN YOU BECAME A DANCER?
A: I was 3 when I started dancing. My mom tells me that I begged her to let me start for a year and I think I just fell in love with it after that. It has become such an important part of me that I cannot imagine my life without being a dancer.
Q: WITH SO MANY UNKNOWNS, WHAT POSITIVES DO YOU CHOOSE TO FOCUS ON THIS SEASON?
A: For this season, I think for all of us dancers it’s been so important to really realize how crucial being in a studio and performing is for us. It gives us something to strive for, reminds us why we are doing this, and makes us so much more appreciative to be lucky enough to be working in a studio again. My mantra for this season is just to keep working and pushing and putting in 100% everyday.
Q: WHO INSPIRES YOU?
A: My main dance inspirations are Danielle Bausinger, Marianela Núñez, Erica Cornejo, and Ashley Ellis. I love watching all of them dance so much and the way that they use their technique while also being so expressive in their artistry makes me aspire to dance like them and inspires me to keep working everyday. Something that has made KC feel the most like home to me is the group of friends that I have here, they are like my family and I am so grateful for the friendships I have made here over the past three years.
Q: HOW DO YOU STAY FIT OUTSIDE OF THE STUDIO?
A: Outside of the studio, my best friend and roommate Talia Lebowitz and I like to find new walking trails around us and going to the gym, stay active, and enjoy nature.
Q: AS A KANSAS CITY BALLET SCHOOL STUDENT LAST FEBRUARY, YOU WERE ASKED TO STEP IN TO FILL A ROLE IN THE SWAN LAKE CORPS FOR KANSAS CITY BALLET’S PERFORMANCES. CAN YOU DESCRIBE HOW QUICKLY YOU PREPARED?
A: Getting to dance swan corps in Swan Lake is definitely one of the most incredible experiences of my whole life. The entire thing felt so surreal and it was amazing to get to dance alongside some of my biggest inspirations in the company! I had about three rehearsals with the company where I was just trying to figure out all the spacing, formations, and choreography before the show! Everyone in the company was so nice and encouraging. Ballet Master Kristi Capps was incredibly helpful and answered any questions that I had. It was truly an experience I will never forget!
Photograph by Savanna Daniels.