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What is your favorite role to dance and why?
One of my favorite ballets to dance (and watch) is Serenade. It’s such a beautiful ballet in every way--the choreography, the music, the costumes. For me, it’s a very emotionally rewarding ballet and I love being a part of it.
What do you like to do when you are not dancing?
I spend a lot of my free time checking out local restaurants with friends and family. I love discovering new, fun places with delicious food. I also like to nap.
How do you prepare yourself for the physical challenges of rehearsing, performing, touring?
Cross-training has been a big part of my professional career; it’s important for fixing muscle imbalances, preventing injury, and building stamina. Depending on my rehearsal schedule, it may involve cardio on a bike or elliptical machine, pilates, feldenkrais, physical therapy exercises, or dynamic stretching. I tend to stay away from too much static stretching--it doesn’t work for my body! And if I’m rehearsing/performing a marathon ballet, I make sure to have chocolate milk on hand to refuel immediately after.
What music do you like to listen to when you warm-up?
My music preferences are usually based on my mood, ranging from classical when I want to calm my nerves to pop when I want to get my adrenaline pumping. When I’m actually doing a warm-up barre, I often like to play ballet class music on my ipod.