What are you currently working on?
I am getting married next month and then will be starting my sixth season as a Radio City Rockette in the fall.
When did you start your training?
I began when I was eight-years-old when a friend from school had a take a friend to class pass. It was great and at that point of my life I was into any type activity. The fact that I got to throw myself around on a mat, make noise with my feet, and just dance had me sold right from the beginning.
When did you decide you wanted to be a dancer?
I feel like I never decided to be a dancer it was just something that came about. I am now deciding what my second career should be and it is a very hard decision. I am glad I didn’t have to waste energy looking for a path, dance chose me really.
Where are you based out of?
I live in New York City and have over the years come to have a great group of loving friends. I moved to New York when I was 19 and I have come to like the idea that I was born in Portland, Oregon but I grew up in New York City.
What’s your favorite on stage memory?
At a showcase performance in high school I fell off the front of the stage. I always ran out of room and came out of a turn with nothing below my feet. It was great because I seemed to float down about three feet, ran around to the side entrance of the stage and continued on with the routine.
What are your goals or hobbies outside of dance?
I will soon have my undergraduate degree in psychology with a buisness minor. At this point in my life I hope to become a psychologist but my field of interest is to be determined. My soon to be husband and I enjoy cooking, hiking, and camping adventures.
What was your first professional job as a dancer?
My first professional job was to be junior Blazer dancer! Oh ya I was that funky white girl with cornrows trying to do stalls.
What is your favorite place you have ever performed?
It is hard to top performing on the great stage at Radio City Music Hall. However growing up my dance studio performed at fairs and festivals throughout the summer. The Crawfish festival was by far the funniest place to perform solos such as “Respect” or duets to “Mr Bojangles.” I believe we typically performed right after the crawfish eating contest.
Do you have a pre-show ritual or superstition?
I do a pretty basic pre-show vinyasa yoga warm-up. Like all dancers I am constantly self-evaluating my body and my stomach to make sure I have enough energy to give a killer performance.
What has been your greatest triumph to date?
I believe staying healthy is my greatest triumph. I use to play many sports including soccer, basketball, and running track. With this came a lot of injuries. Although I have had many sprains and broken my ankle I am still able to do everything I hoped to do and am thankful everyday for my health and well being.
What inspires you to keep going?
I have a fascination with healthy eating and living. I find that this inspires me to dance and in return also inspires me to lead a healthier lifestyle. The circular pattern of eating, dancing, and loving keeps me intrigued and inspired.
What music are you listening to right now?
I have recently been on a Radiohead kick after seeing them perform at Bonnaroo. What great artists.
Do you have any advice to give to other dancers whether they are just starting or in the thick of it?
Find yourself a support system! My family is very supportive of my career and is always a phone call away for advice and encouragement. I believe the friends you choose to surround yourself with influence us in so many ways. I have always tried to be around people who radiate positivity and this has helped me through discouraging times.