I've been dancing for 14 years. My dad put me into a modern class when I was 9 simply because I had too much energy and was running around the house. My modern teacher showed me to the ballet teacher one day after class, apparently I had the facility for ballet. They told my dad I should join, and I did. Haven't stopped since.
What does a normal day look like for you?
On a normal day, I wake up around 7:30am for company class at 9:30. Class every morning warms us up and gets our bodies ready for a full day of rehearsal. Class normally lasts about an hour and a half. After class, we have a quick break, then begin rehearsing from 11am to around 4pm. We have an hour or so lunch break in between, depending on how many rehearsals you are called to throughout the day. When we are rehearsing in the theater before performance days, my schedule is a bit different. Company class starts later in the day, around 1:30pm, and we're called to the theater at 6pm to then rehearse until 10pm. After work I come home for dinner, school work, a Netflix series maybe, and often fall asleep on the couch doing so. Shower, sleep, and do it all over again.
How long have you been in LA, and what’s your favorite part about living there?
I have been in LA for about four years. What I love about LA that I didn't get in NYC is the variety of things to do outdoors. Fifteen minutes from my house in one direction is the beach, in another are trails to hike, and beautiful views every which way you look. I also love food out here. People have moved here from all over the world, and represent and share their culture in the community with food.
Any crazy backstage / onstage stories to share?
A couple seasons ago Los Angeles Ballet was doing an entire Balanchine program. We were in our second week of shows, rehearsing in another theater with "Who Cares?". I was casted in "Five Girls", a five min or so dance full of jumping, dancing non stop. Five girls opened Who Cares?, had their dance in the middle, and closed in finale. The principals of the ballet only came on for their pas de deuxs and solo variations, and came back on to join the company in the finale. A few days into the second week of shows, one of the principal dancers got injured in "Who Cares?". At that point of the run, there were no more principals to replace her, and barely dancers in the corps to fill the gaps. I was thrown on, to perform a variation I was not originally understudy for. On top of having to do the principal role, I had to do my original spots as well. To make the story short, I had four quick changes in the span of thirty mins, and some how finished the ballet standing, with a smile from ear to ear!
What do you find most rewarding about dance?
The most rewarding part of dance to me is the effect it has on the community. Whether someone is familiar with dance not, it has the ability to move them, leaving them with a lasting impression and hopefully inspiring them in some way. Dance brings people together of all walks of life. The effect dance has on children especially, is one I will always cherish!
What’s your favorite music to dance to?
I don't think I have a favorite! I listen to all types of music, and pretty much dance to everything!
What do you like to do when you’re not dancing?
Outside of dance I like to do yoga, spend time outdoors hiking, or on the beach, and go to art galleries.
Do you follow a fitness routine outside of your dance classes and rehearsal?