Opening Week of New York City Ballet’s Spring Season

Our opening week kicked off to an amazing start with the Balanchine full length ballet, Jewels. I dance the principal role in the first section, Emeralds. Unlike the Rubies and Diamonds sections, which are more showy and virtuosic, Emeralds is very understated. A ballerina must really tap into her artistry to make sure the section is fully realized and I love taking on this challenge. I love getting to dance this role because it pushes me to add another dimension to my dancing. It was also created for the beautiful Violette Verdy who recently passed; it is an honor getting…

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A Final Performance and a Much Needed Vacation

Robbie’s final performance in An American in Paris is something I will never forget. The feelings and emotions from both the cast and the audience flooded the Palace theater. Having witnessed his journey from the very beginning three years ago, I know how he put his heart and soul into this show. I am so proud of him and what he created with this show; more importantly, I am amazed by the person he has become onstage and off. I must admit that anyone that was in the audience for his last show was extremely lucky. I didn’t think it…

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The Final Week of Season and our NYCB tour to DC!

The sixth and final week of the season was a perfect way to end…on a lighter note! I had only three performances that week, and the ballets I danced were thankfully less stressful than the previous five weeks. I performed one Bitter Earth and two The Four Temperaments. Bitter Earth is a beautiful Christopher Wheeldon pas de deux to music by Dinah Washington and the The Four Temperaments is an iconic Balanchine ballet. It is always a pleasure to end the season dancing a Balanchine masterpiece. We had our usual one day off, Monday, and then headed straight…

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New York City Ballet’s Winter Season

This winter season has been one of the most exciting and taxing seasons I have ever had! Almost all of the virtuosic ballets for a ballerina were programmed this season, which was extremely thrilling. I was able to dance so many wonderful ballets and made three debuts. I began the first week dancing Theme and Variations, Who cares?, Sonatine, and Leibesleider Waltzer. Both of the latter ballets were created for the incomparable Violette Verdy, who recently passed. Having had the honor to work with her in the past, it was particularly special to perform her roles this season. She paved…

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December Nutcracker to January Opening Week Season

You know that it is Christmas when the Nutcracker Season begins. I had the pleasure of not only dancing Dewdrop and Sugar Plum with NYCB, but also guest starring as the Sugar Plum Fairy at two schools. One school was in Texas and the other in Thousand Oaks, CA; it is always fun to dance in my home state. Christmas felt extra special this year because we were able to share it with both Robbie and my family at our apartment in NYC. It was so amazing to be surrounded by so many family members The opening week NYCB’s Winter…

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Our First Time Hosting and Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner!

Thanksgiving was particularly special for us this year because it was our first time hosting and cooking Thanksgiving dinner. We had the best time preparing and setting up for the party. Last year due to scheduling, we weren’t together for the holidays; I was in Washington DC and Robbie in Paris, so this was our first holiday together as a married couple! We decided to use our new China (that was graciously given to us as a wedding present from the Body Wrappers’ family) for the first time so we were very proud of the way our table…

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My Return to New York

Since my return to New York, life has been busy yet exciting. I guess that saying “time flies when you’re having fun” is true. In the course of two weeks I have managed to choreograph for a Neiman Marcus fashion campaign with my husband Robert Fairchild, model for a Body Wrappers’ shoot, perform at the Kennedy Center, visit the White House, shoot a promo video for Justin Peck’s new ballet The Most Incredible Thing, attend Twyla Tharp’s opening night, and see Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden! The Neiman Marcus campaign was an interesting shoot because it was the first…

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A Homecoming

The best part of my layoff after the Moves tour was getting to stay a few extra days in California and be with my family. I actually made it a point to do a few things that I never have the time to do, but wish I could. I always enjoy encouraging and inspiring the youth so I was happy to have the opportunity to teach master classes at USC, in Laguna Beach, for Kern Dance Alliance, and also at my mother’s studio Bakersfield Dance Company. I have always enjoyed sharing my knowledge with aspiring dancers and encouraging…

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The New York City Ballet “Moves” Tour

New York City Ballet “Moves” is a group that Peter Martins created about 6 years ago that allows New York City Ballet to travel as a partial touring group with a select group of dancers in the company. The dancers rotate each tour and this allows cities to still be exposed to NYCB dancers that are financially unable to bring the New York City Ballet in its entirety. This particular “Moves” tour was a special one for me because we were touring California, my home state So yes, it was like a homecoming! We performed two shows in Santa Barbara…

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Ham 4 Ham

Ham 4 Ham is a special pre-show ritual that Lin-Manuel has created where he gives away lottery tickets to his hit Broadway show, Hamilton. A few weeks ago Lin invited Justin Peck, Robbie, and myself to perform at one of his Ham 4 Ham pre-shows. I must tell you that this was exhilarating! We not only enjoyed talking to Lin (a complete genius) backstage while we were prepping, but were also ecstatic to be a part of such a unique experience. Here’s what happens: The entire crowd waits outside to put their names into a lottery, and the…

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