If you were a meal; what meal would you be & why?
Fair food! A meal where you start with an elephant ear, move on to some corn dogs, then to the fried cheese curds. to top it off with a milkshake. Fair food is fun, friend, and not something you can get all the time. I love the energy that surrounds a quick meal at the fair, and think that all of it represents who I am.
If you had to pick one book to read right now what would it be & why?
"Graceling" by Kristin Cashore. It's one of my favorite books and I end up reading it every year, but I couldn't get around to it last year--so I'm itching to read it. It's a story of a young woman finding her strength; a great story about changing perceptions and deciding your own path. I read it right after graduating college and I had no idea what I was going to do or who I really wanted to be. It was exactly what I needed at that time and I continue to read it to remind me of that time. Plus, it's a great story!
If you could play hooky for a day or two; what would you do?
I honestly dream of locking myself in at home, ordering all of the food, drinking all of the wine, and watching all of the T.V. However, if I had unlimited amounts of cash I would fly to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!!!
What would you say is your favorite place you've visited/traveled to & why?
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!!!!! Just kidding (I can't write that response for everything.) I have loved cities like New York and Chicago, and definitely thought about listing those here... and I unfortunately have not had the pleasure of traveling outside of the country. But I would have to say the Pacific Northwest! After being in Seattle for just one day, I decided to move. I am constantly surprised by the beauty and the magic that exists in this region. I love escaping to the mountains in the morning and eating dinner at a restaurant by the beach at night. I love the views, the food, the beer & wine, the variety, & the culture. I'm just a big fan & am so glad everyday that I live here!
If you had no ability to dance--what other art form would you choose?
I tend to lean towards the theater in general. I love acting and often miss being a part of a play. I love delving into a character, finding all of the details of what makes someone tick, how they relate to those around them, and to communicate the overall message of the play through those details.
What is your favorite dance memory?
Hmmmmm.... this is tough one, I'm going to have to choose two. I first think of the moment I "met" modern dance. I was in college and auditioning for the musical theater department when I was introduced to May O'Donnell technique and fell in love. I soon after picked up the dance major. My other memory would be starting this company! Which is a long series of events that continue to unfold, but I wake up everyday unbelievably grateful to head this group of ladies!
What is your most embarrassing dance moment?
When I was thirteen, I was performing in a lecture series about ballet. We were performing a piece in white leotards, and only white leotards. Being strung into my womanhood I didn't know how to predict my period, and yes... started my period onstage--in a white leotard I was mortified! I still to this day have not worn a white leotard.
Who is/was your biggest influence as an artist?
At a young age I fell in love with choreographers such as Bob Fosse and George Balanchine and still to this day am inspired by the works they created (although not as much by how they treated their dancers.) These days I still find myself being inspired by classic choreographers such as Twyla Tharp & Jerome Robbins; as well as more contemporary choreographers such as Wayne McGregor & Crystal Pite.
When do you remember first saying, "I want to be a professional dancer"?
I think I made the decision earlier, but I remember heading into my freshman year ready to train like a professional and I had never felt more excited. I remember specifically when I knew I wanted to choreograph. It was while I was watching my BFA Senior year piece. When I got to the end of that journey and watching those dancers, thinking of how far we had come through the making of the piece. I then knew that I wanted to be a choreographer for the rest of my life.
What excites you the most about Intrepidus' third season?
The fact that we are having a third season is so exciting in and of itself. I think a highlight will be reworking my aforementioned senior piece. I'm also pretty excited to have two new choreographers working with us this season!
Lastly, what inspirational quote is resonating with you as of late?
"You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost." - Martha Graham