A debut in Swan Lake: A Dream Come True
My performances of Swan Lake were something I will never forget and perhaps two of my most favorite evenings onstage. The emotions I felt before, during, and after my performance were immense and unlike anything I have ever experienced. New York City, I was overwhelmed by the love I felt from you; I could honestly feel you with me the entire time.
The dual role of Odette and Odile is something I have always dreamt of and never thought I would have the opportunity to dance. In our company, Swan Lake is usually given to taller dancers, and I am so happy that Peter Martins decided to give me the chance to let my dancing speak instead of my height. It was a long time coming and so worth the wait!
Life throws you curve balls and unexpected hardships and this role was exactly what I needed at this moment in time. I am beyond grateful my debut came at this point in my career because I am able to relate to Odette now more than ever… something I am not sure would have been the case had my debut happened earlier. Thank you, NYC, again for all of the support; around the 7th curtain call I was literally speechless. I cannot begin to tell you how fulfilling portraying two different characters in one ballet was for me. I cannot wait to perform Swan Lake again in the near future and look forward to diving deeper into the role with each performance. I really feel like Odette has an everlasting place in my heart now. Dancing heals the soul and I truly feel I left my heart and soul on the stage.