The Making of a New Dance Film

Recently, I was asked to be a part of something very new and exciting… The making of a new dance film called “The Enemy Within.” I was immediately intrigued when I heard that the project was created to bring together four artists from different dance backgrounds. I thought the idea was very interesting and definitely wanted to be involved. When I found out that the three other artists were Matthew Rushing of Alvin Ailey, Samantha Figgins of Complexions, and hip-hop sensation Marquese Scott, I was blown away. The hardest part of the project was getting the four of our schedules…

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Time At Home in Bakersfield, CA

It is always so nice to spend the little free time I have at home with my family. My mother and father are the most supportive parents I could ask for, my sister Myka is my best friend, and my grandma is the reason I have made it this far in my career. She drove me 4 days a week when I was younger to get the best training and even moved to New York with me when I was eleven so that I could be in The Music Man on Broadway. A trip home always includes a visit to…

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After having a very difficult and tiring NYCB season, a vacation is just what I needed ๐Ÿ™‚ I do think it is very important for dancers to take time off so that our bodies can relax, heal, and regroup and our minds can re-energize. This way I can maintain a healthy mind with a positive attitude and an injury free body. With that said, the day after I performed in Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech gala, I headed straight to East Hampton for some nice R&R time. We stayed at our friend’s house in East Hampton and were joined by two…

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End of the NYCB Season and Performing with Ballet Tech

The entire New York City Ballet Spring Season was a very exciting one filled with countless amazing ballets; however, the last week was especially exciting for me! I had my debut in Richard Tanner’s Sonatas and Interludes and also performed in two of my favorite ballets, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Theme and Variations. Sonatas and Interludes is a very unique pas de duex set to music by John Cage. This piece of music is particularly interesting because of the way the piano is prepared. It actually takes the pianist several hours to prepare it by putting erasers, screws, etc….

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The Fred Astaire Awards

On June 3, I had the opportunity to be a part of the 31st annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards. This year they were honoring Ted Chapin, the President and Executive Director of Rogers & Hammerstein, for all he has done in musical theater and for his devotion to its rich legacy. He received the award for Outstanding Preservation of Musical Theatre. As a tribute to Mr. Chapin, Robert Fairchild and I were asked to perform the pas de deux from Carousel that Warren Carlyle choreographed for the New York Philharmonic production, which was broadcasted earlier this year. Mr. Chapin…

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Remembering The Good But Not So Old Days

This past week was a wonderful week of reliving special memories. On Saturday night, I attended the annual School of American Ballet workshop performance. It was incredible to watch the SAB students perform, because they are the future of the New York City Ballet! I had the privilege to sit next to Suki Schorer, who was my teacher at SAB and is someone I truly love and admire. Seeing Saturday’s performance instantly reminded me of my own workshop performance of Serenade and Union Jack in 2004. It was also nice to see my former roomie there, Kaitlyn Gilliland, whom I…

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New York City Ballet Spring 2013 Gala

Photo credit: Paul Kolnik

Photos by Paul Kolnik

You can always feel the excitement buzzing around the theater the night of a Gala. This Spring Gala was no exception and particularly special because I premiered a new Christopher Wheeldon ballet. Chris created this pas de deux for Robert Fairchild and me and called it A Place For Us. It is always amazing to be a part of a new work because the collaboration process is so unique. When a piece is created on you, it fits you like a glove. You are able to work one on one with the choreographer in the studio, and through a number…

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Our Shoot at Body Wrappers/Angelo Luzio’s New Showroom

As you know, I am the official spokesperson for Body Wrappers/Angelo Luzio doing modeling and videos for the products. A fun shoot took place Monday April 29th at Body Wrappers/ Angelo Luzio’s brand new showroom and studio in Manhattan. Here are some fun photos from the shoot.

Last week was a very exciting week. On opening night, I was cast for one of my all-time favorite ballets to dance, Who Cares? I just love to dance The Man I Love pas de duex and the Fascinatin’ Rhythm Variation. The Man I Love was especially memorable this time around because I danced it with my fiancรฉ. It is wonderful to share a moment like that onstage with someone you’re so close to. Who Cares? is just such a great ballet to dance. I am able to play with the music and just have fun ๐Ÿ™‚ The other ballets…

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