Q&A with Principal Dancer James Kirby Rogers

What are you most looking forward to for the 50th Anniversary Season?

I have never danced Giselle, so I am really looking forward to being part of that production.

Read James’ Dancer Bio

What is the most rewarding part of being a dancer?

Dance teaches you a lot about yourself and a lot about what it means to be human. I think the qualities we admire in dancers are the qualities we admire most in humans: generosity, compassion, bravery, and tenacity. Striving to embody and physicalize those qualities every day is something that I really try to do.

Do you have talents of passions outside of dance?

Chess is really fun. Our rehearsal director, Otto, is ridiculously good at chess, and he beats me all the time!

Photos by Angela Sterling & Lindsay Thomas