How long have you been dancing with SDB?
This is my first season dancing with San Diego Ballet! I was an East Coast girl until moving to San Diego in August.
When did you first start dancing?
I began dancing much later than most of my peers, starting with jazz dance when I was 11. I picked up ballet the next year, but I was initially more interested in other dance forms–jazz, tap, modern, even Appalachian clogging and hula dancing. When I was 15, I began training with Pamela Moore, DFCCA. It was with Pam that I first considered a professional career in dance.
What other company, school, or program have you trained/performed with?
I’ve had the pleasure of dancing with multiple dance companies over the years. I’ve been a trainee with Richmond Ballet, a second company member with Nashville Ballet, and last year was an apprentice with Charlottesville Ballet in Virginia. In the past, I have also been a guest dancer with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre.
What inspires/motivates you to dance?
I am motivated to dance by so many things. The consistent regimen of training that ballet requires gives a strong structure to my day, but its ability for abstract storytelling elevates it above any workout or sport. Additionally, I am inspired by my love of teaching. Introducing my students to the world of dance helps me see it with fresh eyes.
What are you most looking forward to this season?
This season, I am looking forward to becoming a part of San Diego Ballet, and letting its influence help me continue evolving as a dancer.
Share a fun fact about yourself.
Fun fact: Every November, I participate in National Novel Writing Month. I’ve successfully reached the 50,000 word count goal for twelve consecutive years!