The day after the NYCB Fall season, we were off to Shanghai for our week long company tour in China. It was the company’s first time ever performing in mainland China and it felt important to be a part of this historical moment for NYCB. I performed George Balanchine’s masterpiece Serenade and it felt very special to be sharing this ballet with the Chinese audience. I then flew back a day earlier than the rest of the company in order to present my friend, fellow dancer and amazing choreographer Justin Peck, with the Ted Arison Young Artist Award at The…

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The NYCB Fall Season: A Season of Memorable Performances and a Farewell

The NYCB Fall Season approached and ended faster than expected. It is only a four week season so it always appears that it will be an easier season, yet somehow it is usually jam packed with difficult ballets. Luckily, I have absolutely no complaints — I was able to perform many of my all time favorite ballets during this four week season and certain performances I will never forget! I can arguably say that I danced my favorite Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux’s ever during this season; however, it was bittersweet. I had the best time dancing with Joaquin De Luz;…

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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…

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The Seattle Premiere of the Documentary Ballet Now

Almost a year ago exactly, I curated three performances at The Music Center in Los Angeles. I was the first female asked by the Music Center to curate these evenings of dance called BalletNOW and I jumped at the opportunity. Ballet Now the Hulu documentary, is a film directed by Steven Cantor, produced by Elisabeth Moss and in association with Vulcan Productions, that follows my journey as a first time artistic director and all that accompanies that job description, while dancing in the performances as well. I am beyond grateful that all of the ups and downs of those four…

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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…

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Immediately following NYCB’s Winter Season, my “layoff” was filled with a completely packed traveling schedule. I kept myself extremely busy traveling from New York to Ohio, to Mexico, to Florida, to Washington, DC! My first stop was to Canton, Ohio to perform at the Tutus and Touchdown event in support of the Football Hall of Fame. This event was to help spread the love for dance and football, which is highly regarded in this town, and show how they intermingle. As the daughter of a (former) college football coach, I have always had a deep love for the game. Getting…

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Ups and Downs of the Winter Season

With the retirement of our boss, Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, the winter season was filled with many emotions. As a dancer who has been in the company for 14 years, it is extremely strange to not have the director you have known and relied on around in the theater. It took a lot of will power from every dancer to keep this season afloat and as one of the Principals, it was a strong priority of mine to keep the level of dancing at it’s highest. Over the course of the six week season, I danced ten different…

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November and December are the two months of the year for dancing the Nutcracker and spreading Christmas magic. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, holds a special place in my heart; it was the ballet that made me want to be in the New York City Ballet. When I was ten years old, my mom and dad took me to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at New York City Ballet and it was then and there that I said to my father, “I am going to dance on that stage someday!” It feels so incredible…

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Princess Grace Gala, a Commercial, and Ellen!

My two-week layoff, or what was supposed to be a layoff, turned out to be one of my most exciting weeks! I knew I would be presenting one of the statue awards at the Princess Grace Gala, but I had no idea I would end up shooting a commercial and dancing on Ellen too! I guess great things sometimes happen when you least expect it! As a former Princess Grace Statue recipient, it was extremely moving for me, to present it to this year’s winner, tap legend Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards; I just love the PGF so much and am so proud…

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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…

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