A Much Needed Vacation to Capri

With the success of BalletNow and The Vail International Dance Festival behind me, the best way for me to recover and regroup was to take a much needed vacation. There are always so many things going on that I hardly ever take time for myself but five days away was exactly what I needed; a healing of the mind body and soul. I have never felt so relaxed and taken care as when I vacation with my dear friend Valentino. I am extremely grateful for his and Giancarlo’s friendship and it was so wonderful to be surrounded by so much…

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2017 Vail International Dance Festival

The last performance of BalletNow was a Sunday matinee, and immediately following the performance, five of us packed up and headed straight to the airport to catch a plane to Denver. We were all on our way to the Vail International Dance festival to dance for Damian Woetzel. The VIDF is always a place for hard work and artistic challenges and growth. Damian is an exceptional director in the way he pushes people out of their comfort zones and into a style they wouldn’t think they would be dancing or with a partner they never thought possible. This year was…

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Ballet Now

The LA Music Center’s BalletNow performances on July 28-30 were the first presented evenings I have ever curated! It was both exciting and frightening to be in charge of selecting both the dancers and repertoire then overseeing absolutely everything! We were fortunate to dance to a live orchestra, which was an absolute dream, but I also had the responsibility of relaying to the conductor the correct tempos for all the ballets and had little time to work them out. It was an incredible experience having to use different skill sets as the curator, but it is definitely something I look…

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Celebrating JFK’s Centennial and Our NYCB Tour

After surviving the craziness of the Here and Now festival at NYCB, the next day, I headed to D.C. to perform at the centennial celebration for John F. Kennedy at The Kennedy Center. I felt extremely grateful to be the only ballerina asked to perform along with such a talented group of artists. It felt so right to be back at the Kennedy Center, which feels like my second home since I performed there in the musical Little Dancer. One week later I was already back at the Kennedy Center for our annual New York City Ballet week tour. As…

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Hectic Season at NYCB

So far this has felt like the craziest season at NYCB since who knows when. We are currently in the middle of our six week spring season with four of the weeks being called the “Here/Now” festival which includes 43 different ballets in 10 programs by 22 choreographers and 2 world premieres. I know it sounds crazy and honestly I don’t know how we are keeping up, but the appreciation I have for my colleagues is growing by the minute. We are all working so hard; I am so proud to be a part of this amazing company. The first…

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Back in New York and Already Extremely Busy!

The very next day after returning from the UK, I had rehearsal with New York City Ballet and then headed to the the premiere of Miss Saigon on Broadway. While I was in London, I met the lovely Charlotte Schonberg, the wife of Claude-Michel Schonberg (composer of Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, etc) and she generously invited me to be their guest on opening night. I had such an amazing time seeing a show that I fell in love with almost 18 years ago, where I saw it in London with my family. What a spectacular evening! The following Monday I…

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My UK Adventures

Immediately after I finished my matinee of Carousel on the last day of the season, hopped on a plane to spend my layoff in London with Robbie. Robbie just opened in An American In Paris on the West End and will be performing there through June. We made a rule that we wouldn’t go more than three weeks without seeing each other, so between the both of us, we will be racking in a lot of sky miles in the next few months. My three weeks in London were hardly a vacation 🙂 The first week I worked on a…

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NYCB Winter Season

This season has been a beast to overcome; a huge hill to climb and the range of ballets that I danced, was unlike any other. From making a debut in three different works, two of them world premieres, to dancing in sneakers one week and the next week having to balance in the Rose Adagio performing the most classical ballet of all time, The Sleeping Beauty was challenging and yet thrilling! The first week I opened the season by performing one of my all time favorite Balanchine ballets to dance, Allegro Brilliante. To say the tempo was incredibly fast would…

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Oh The Holidays and The Dance Magazine Award!!!

Christmas has always been my favorite part of the year. I love spending it with family and I think New York City with all the holiday lights, is just magical during November and December. On December 12th I had the incredible honor of receiving the Dance Magazine Award. When I was first sent the list of past and present recipients, tears filled my eyes. I am truly honored to be included amongst such a group of talented artists. Even more, I was completely humbled to be given such a prestigious honor at this point in my career. Jacques D’Amboise once…

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Tis the Season

As soon as the NYCB fall season ended, the traveling began. As the 2013 Princess Grace Statue Award Recipient, I was asked to perform at this year’s award ceremony. Robbie and I opened the evening performing a little ditty called Not My Girl wearing amazing costumes by Valentino! It’s a very Fred and Ginger type number with Robbie in his tap shoes and me in my pointe shoes. The next day we were on a plane headed for Italy. Robbie and I were invited to guest with the San Carlo Ballet in Naples. The theater was unbelievable and is one…

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