Q: TELL US WHEN YOU BECAME A DANCER?
A: I was 7 when I started dancing. I was a pretty expressive and athletic child, so when I saw the way dancers told stories with their bodies and the music, I was captivated. I specifically remember watching Romeo and Juliet and being instantly hooked. Prokofiev’s score and Juliet’s acting transported me to another world! I wanted to fly onstage just like her.
Q: WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THE EXPANDED OFF SEASON?
A: I spent lockdown back home in California. My parents helped me transform our living room into a ballet studio so I could practice and hone in on my individual technique. I also enjoyed hobbies like spending time outdoors, playing with the dogs, writing, playing music, and decorating T-shirts. I am also passionate about activism and civil rights, and spent a lot of time this summer educating myself on current issues. I learned a lot.
Q: HOW DO YOU STAY FIT OUTSIDE OF THE STUDIO?
A: I practice Yoga and Pilates almost daily, which is good for full body strengthening as well as good for mindfulness. I also try to maintain good sustainable nutrition to keep my body fueled!
Q: WITH SO MANY UNKNOWNS, WHAT POSITIVES DO YOU CHOOSE TO FOCUS ON THIS SEASON?
A: This year has really reminded me that every day is a gift and is not guaranteed. This allowed me to truly take each day as it comes and make it the best it could be. I also learned how to listen to my body and mind better. Self care is so important. “Just be.”
Photograph by Savanna Daniels.