The Vail International Dance Festival

Every year I look forward to performing at the Vail International Dance Festival. It is always a time of hard work and progress; I can honestly say that my dancing transforms by leaps and bounds during this two week festival. Damian Woetzel, the festival’s Artistic Director and my past dancing partner at City Ballet, always reaches for the unthinkable. He pushes dancers to their limits by partnering us with unlikely partners and expanding our repertoire. This year I participated in six performances. The first show was entitled Dance TV. This is a performance where dancers from So You Think You…

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NYCB Moves Tour to Jackson Wyoming

New York City Ballet Moves has been touring to Jackson Hole for the past six years. I have fortunately been on three of those tours. Jackson Hole is such a beautiful little oasis and definitely feels like a “workation.” In other words, it is a place that helps you forget about any hard physical activity because of its beauty and charm The hostess, Babs & Dancer’s Workshop, is extremely generous and every year makes us feel right at home. They treat us to such wonderful meals and even wake up at 5am to take us wildlife watching. I was one…

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New York City Ballet at SPAC

Saratoga Performing Arts Center located in Saratoga Springs,New York, has been the summer home of the New York City Ballet for 49 years! The community of Saratoga always graciously welcomes City Ballet and it is a place the dancers look forward to for a nice summer getaway from the bustle of the city. This year we are in Saratoga Springs for two weeks. The first week I performed in four ballets: Justin Peck’s Rodeo, George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements, Alexei Ratmansky’s Pictures At An Exhibition, and Christopher Wheeldon’s Mercurial Manoeuvres. The interesting part about my schedule last week was…

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The Tonys, A Visit Home, and Our First Anniversary

I finished my last show of the NYCB spring season on June 6 and Tony Awards were the following day. What a special night to share side-by-side with my husband. I was so proud of Robbie for being nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. It was so fun to see him up there performing at Radio City. What made the night extra special was getting to share it with our mothers. Having them there made the night mean so much more. A few days after the Tonys I headed home to California for…

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This Spring Season has been filled with many exciting ballets. Over the six week season, I performed nine different ballets that included George Balanchine’s Apollo, Symphony in Three Movements, Sonatine, Jerome Robbins’ The Goldberg Variations, Christopher Wheeldon’s This Bitter Earth and Mercurial Manoeuvres, and Justin Peck’s Rodeo Four Dance Episodes. I also made my debut in La Sylphide and am ending the season with the wonderful Divertissment pas in Midsummer Night’s Dream. This season was a particular highlight because I was able to dance some of my favorite roles. I also added another special role to my repertoire that unexpectedly…

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Last week, NYCB’s Spring Season opened with a week of Black and White Ballets. These are the typical Balanchine ballets with minimalistic costumes and sets that are his masterpieces. I opened the season performing Terpsichore in Apollo. Terpsichore is the goddess of dance and is the muse Apollo ends up choosing. This is definitely a role that challenges me mentally and is one I hope to grow and mature in the more I dance it. This week, I performed in another Black and White ballet called Symphony in Three Movements. I really treasure being cast in this role because of…

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NYCB at the Kennedy Center and An American in Paris Opening

Our New York City Ballet tour to DC was filled with fun! The minute I stepped out of the train station, I felt an excited rush. I was so happy to back in DC after having spent so many months there during the Little Dancer run, and it felt great to be back. During our week at the Kennedy Center, I performed the 1st movement of Symphony in C, made my debut in This Bitter Earth,and finished the tour with Justin Peck’s Everywhere We Go. I ended up leaving the tour a day early so I could rush back to…

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A New Home, The Next Generation, and a Tour to DC

The last couple of weeks have been a bit hectic but invigorating. Robbie and I are finally starting to settle into our new apartment. We are proud to say that we have officially become new homeowners together. After a stressful moving process we are now at the decorating stage, which is so fun to do together as husband and wife. Last week, I had the chance to share my story with YMCA Community School P.S. 84 in Williamsburg Brooklyn. It was an honor to be a part of @singforhope, an outreach program that makes a point to spread…

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My Week On Broadway

Two days after the NYCB season finished, I made my debut as Ivy Smith in On The Town on Broadway. About a year and a half ago I created the role of Ivy Smith in a workshop for this Broadway bound production. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, I was unable to be a part of the production, but fortunately my sister-in-law Megan Fairchild was available and given the role. It was such a wonderful surprise and a special moment getting to go into the show for six performances while she took a break. I felt extremely lucky to have the…

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