Celebrating Jerry and The Spring Season
This season would have marked Jerome Robbins’ 100th birthday. In order to celebrate this extraordinary choreographer, our company designated three of the six week season to only his works. Most of his ballets are absolute dreams to dance, so both the audience and the dancers were very lucky this past season!
Over the course of the Spring Season I danced in twelve different ballets in twenty-seven performances. The ballets included George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Symphony in 3 Movements, Coppelia; Warren Carlyle’s Something to Dance About; Alexei Ratmansky’s Pictures at an Exhibition; Jerome Robbins’ The Four Seasons, Dances at a Gathering, Other Dances, Dybbuk, Fancy Free; Justin Peck’s Pulcinella Variations; and Peter Walker’s Dance Odyssey.
I must admit this season felt like one of tremendous growth for me in my dance career. I am actually without a doubt my own toughest critic, but there are some performances when you just dance and it seems as if everything falls into place. There were four performances this season that I will remember forever. I will always hold onto my first week’s Tchaikovsky Pas de deux (a ballet I have done many times, but felt Joaquin De Luz and I took it to another level this season). In Other Dances I felt I had a complete breakthrough moment for myself artistically, and I think a lot of that had to do with being able to work with the one and only Misha.
Finally, both of my Coppelia performances were incredible experiences! This ballet has always held a special place in my heart and has been my favorite full length to dance (that is until my debut in Swan Lake Lake this past fall). I wish I could have captured these two performances in a crystal ball. This was the last season Joaquin De Luz will ever dance that ballet and it felt like both an honor and gift to be out there dancing beside him. Spring Season thank you for everything!!!!