A Summer Danced All Over
This summer was spent dancing all over the United States and Europe. Over the course of two months I danced in 7 different cities/states/countries — Paris, Hamburg, Sun Valley, Saratoga Springs, Vail, Canada, and Copenhagen. I know that seems like a ton of traveling, but let me tell you, every minute was worth it!
First I went with the New York City Ballet to Paris to perform Dances At A Gathering for a Jerome Robbins Celebration. Then I traveled for my first time to Hamburg to make my debut in a new Alexei Ratmansky version of the wedding pas de deux in The Sleeping Beauty with Herman Cornejo. It was a treat to work on something entirely new and put together this version with Alexei from Petipa’s original drawings. Shortly thereafter I traveled to Sun Valley Idaho for literally 36 hours to perform Tchaikovsky pas de deux for my good friend, Isabella Boylston, at her gala called Ballet Sun Valley.
The next morning I hopped on a plane to meet my New York City Ballet family at our summer home Saratoga Springs. I performed one evening there then took a car into the city to celebrate the NY premiere of my documentary Ballet Now, then got right back into the car to Saratoga to make the Gala and dance in Fall in The Four Seasons and the Warren Carlyle Ballet, Something to Dance About.
My next stop was the two week Vail Dance Festival!!! I danced one of my all-time favorites, Tchaikovsky pas de deux and made my debuts in the Cassie solo from A Chorus Line, Chaconne, my first Forsythe piece, and a new Justin Peck piece called Rise Wait Climb Through. I also guested with ABT on their evening by dancing Other Dances with Cory Stearns and made my choreographic debut in a piece I entitled Lincoln Square!!!! It was a lot of dancing, a lot of firsts, and lot of growing as an artist!
After our last performance a group of us headed straight to the airport as our rehearsal period for our NYCB Copenhagen tour started the next day. In Copenhagen, I performed the First Movement in George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, Alexei Ratmansky’s Pictures At An Exhibition, and Justin Peck’s The Times Are Racing. The Danes were so happy to have the New York City Ballet there and we were happy to be in Denmark!