My Roles at NYC Ballet This Season

After meeting the President, I was on such a high. I was worried that everything from then on was going to feel like a let down. After all, it isn’t everyday that I can say, “I just met the President.” I still can hardly believe it actually happened 🙂

However, we immediately started our winter season at the New York City Ballet, and everything seemed to be happening quickly. I was cast for a number of amazing ballets that I couldn’t wait to perform. The list included Allegro Brilliante, Theme and Variations, Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux, Baiser De Le Fe, the new Justin Peck Premier of Paz de la Jolla, and Peter Martins’ The Sleeping Beauty. I really enjoyed performing each ballet that I had the opportunity to dance, and Justin’s premier turned out to be a very exciting night. Justin Peck is not related to me despite sharing our last name, however, we did joke around at SAB and tell everyone we were cousins. I think Justin was able to really choreograph to my strengths because we went through The School of American Ballet together. He has seen my dancing evolve since I was fourteen. The premier turned out to be a huge success and Justin is definitely on the radar for being an extremely talented and creative emerging choreographer.

A sketch of my costume designed by Reid Bartelme for the premiere of the new Justin Peck ballet, Paz de la Jolla

A sketch of my costume designed by Reid Bartelme for the premiere of the new Justin Peck ballet, Paz de la Jolla

Me in the Princess Aurora costume backstage at the Lincoln Center, David H. Koch Theater after one of my performances

Me in the Princess Aurora costume backstage at the Lincoln Center, David H. Koch Theater after one of my performances

The season ended with the beautiful classic The Sleeping Beauty. In my book, this ballet is the hardest role a ballerina can conquer. It not only requires immense technical strength, but is also emotionally and physically exhausting. The stress level for Aurora is extremely high and it definitely feels like a triumph when you finish the ballet. I get the most nervous for Sleeping Beauty because there is absolutely no hiding. It is as classical as a ballet can be and demanding in every aspect. I performed the role three times this season and each time I enjoyed it more. The music is so beautiful, which helps carry you through the ballet, and it is easy to get lost in it. I think the most important thing is to tell the story. I really try to show the difference between a young and joyous sixteen year old, a vision, and then transform into a young woman for the wedding pas. It is actually like three different ballets in one, which allows me to explore all areas of artistry. All I can say is what an amazing opportunity and challenge!

 

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