NYCB’s Opening Week

The past two weeks I danced by Mr. Balanchine’s words, “Not to be scared, Be bold.” I read it right before my first show of the season and what a feeling!!! These three performances marked what felt like my “actual return” to #nycballet, dancing one of my all-time favorite ballets Allegro Brilliante. Nutcracker felt like dipping my toes in the water and these performances felt like a homecoming. I am honored that I was able to dance one of your ballets on your birthday; thank you Mr. B for everything. After such a traumatic injury, I cherish every single second…

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My First Performance Back with NYCB

Lying in bed, I can’t sleep and am wondering if last night was a dream? Fortunately, it wasn’t! Last night was my return to the New York City Ballet stage after a ten month long and very serious injury. I kept pretty private about the injury because in the beginning I couldn’t even talk about it; but instead, needed to just focus on my recovery. It definitely has been a long journey and one of immense personal growth. Last night I felt like a different ballerina; more generous, more open and loving, and so grateful for every single moment. I…

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The Opening of the Kennedy Center’s The REACH

As many of you know, The Kennedy Center has felt like a second home to me after premiering Little Dancer there in 2014. I always look forward to every visit because of so many wonderful memories. This trip was once again another amazing venture. I was thrilled to be involved in the opening of their new facility The REACH, which is especially designed so the public is more involved in artistic processes. On the opening day I taught two master classes. I love sharing the knowledge I have acquired on dance with the next generation. I know how vital my…

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Vail Dance Festival

The 2019 Vail Dance Festival was a very different festival for me because for the first time I was there solely as a choreographer instead of a dancer. Normally I dance in two pieces an evening over the two week festival, but there I was able to put all of my time and energy into choreographing my new piece Thousandth Orange. Thousandth Orange gets the title from its composer Caroline Shaw, who tells a beautiful story about how she thinks every single orange is unique and intricate when you peel it; furthermore, for her, the thousandth one is just as…

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Giving Back & Inspiring The Next Generation

Something that is very important to me is giving back to the next generation of dancers. I love teaching master classes and doing Q & A’s for aspiring dancers. I can remember how pivotal my teachers were in my development as a young dancer and my hope is that I am able to inspire and pass along the knowledge I have learned to them. Dance is such a visual art form and sometimes just seeing a professional dancer in the front of the room can inspire and make a world of a difference. Growing up I wanted to dance just…

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This past month had a lot of first for me. The new John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum film starring Keanu Reeves, is my first credit as a choreographer, and I can’t believe it is actually for a feature film! When director Chad Stahelski called a meeting with me to see if I would be interested in choreographing for the movie, I said to him honestly, “You know I have never choreographed for a feature film before right?” His answer was “Even better, I’ll give you your start!” The “John Wick” team was a dream to work with and Chad…

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Surprise Visit on The Today Show

Ava and Sophia Paley, two passionate and generous sisters, founded Donate2Dance, a foundation that collects gently worn dance wear and costumes to send to dancers across the country, who are in need. When the Today Show heard that Sutton Foster and I were the sisters’ favorite dancers, they asked if I would want to come surprise the girls on Today with Hoda & Jenna. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity! How amazing to see such passionate young ladies who want to give back to their community and our world of dance. It was my pleasure to surprise Ava and…

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Marie: Dancing Still- A New MUSICAL

Marie Dancing Still, a new Broadway bound musical, is about the famous Edgar Degas sculpture Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. Historically, little is known about Marie Van Goethem, the young lady who inspired this once notorious sculpture, but she was Degas’ muse and is the muse for this entire Broadway musical. Fortunately, I am the lucky lady who gets to play Marie and starring in this musical is my absolute dream come true. I was first approached about the musical ten years ago when the creatives Susan Stroman (director), Lynn Ahrens (writer/lyricist), and Stephen Flaherty (composer), first conceived of this idea…

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New York City Ballet’s Winter Season

This season was filled with surprises, new experiences, and growth. Over the six week season, I danced eight different ballets, including Justin Peck’s Principia, a world premiere, and debuted in William Forsythe’s Herman Schmerman. The season ended with the announcement of a new Artistic Director, Jonathan Stafford with Wendy Whelan as Associate Artistic Director, which is a new position for NYCB. The eight ballets I performed included George Balanchine’s Apollo and Serenade, Jerome Robbins’ In The Night, Justin Peck’s Principia and Times Are Racing, Mauro Bigonzetti’s In Vento, William Forsythe’s Herman Schmerman, and Peter Martins’ full length The Sleeping Beauty….

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Sugarplum Fairy-ing Around

December is a time for the Nutcracker and a lot of Sugar Plum Fairy performances. I always love this time of year because it feels like I am spreading Christmas magic to so many families. When I was eleven years old my parents took me to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® at the New York City Ballet and that performance made me want to be a ballerina and dance in the New York City Ballet. I just hope that I am able to inspire some young girls in the audience to want to become a ballerina just as the Sugar Plum…

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