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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NYC Ballet Fall Season Concludes

Today is the last day of our NYCB fall season and I am ending it with a debut in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. This season has been a busy and somewhat hectic four week season; however, the number of amazing ballets I have had the chance to perform is unmatched. After the week of Swan Lake, I danced in six different ballets in a total of thirteen shows. For the gala, I performed in the world premiere of Myles Thatcher’s Polaris with costumes by the incredible Zuhair Murad. In the following weeks I performed in Justin Peck’s Rodeo: Four…

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Memorable Times

Since getting back from an amazing vacation, there have been several incredible experiences that I will never forget. At the top of my list is Hamilton on Broadway, which is simply out of this world. Then Robbie and I were lucky enough to have court side seats at the US Open. I was also fortunate to be a guest at J Mendel’s fashion show, featured in the Fall Issue of Harper’s Bazaar, experience Madonna’s concert, watch Robbie perform at the Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert, and dance in NYCB’s opening night of Swan Lake! Yes, life has been a…

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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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