What significance does being part of PNB during the 50th Anniversary have to you? I had the pleasure of growing up in Seattle, so I remember coming to watch dancers at PNB for its 40th anniversary season. It feels so surreal to now dance for this company alongside dancers I looked up to ten years ago.
If you could replay one special performance, what would it be? It would definitely have to be opening night of The Nutcracker last year. I remember waiting patiently in the wings, watching my friends scurry across the stage as the first snow fell at McCaw Hall.
What are your favorite Seattle haunts? It has been amazing discovering all of the great restaurants, bars, and coffee shops that Seattle has to offer, since moving here. Some of my favorites include, Kedai Makan, Momiji, Toulouse Petit, Sal y Limon, Streamline Tavern, Bathtub Gin, and Evoke Espresso.
Do you have talents or passions outside of dance? I have studied music since I was a young girl and I play the piano and the harp. Music is a huge part of who I am and partially why I love dancing so much. George Balanchine famously said “see the music, hear the dance,” and I resonate with this very much, as dance and music are heavily intertwined in my daily life.
How does this milestone season feel different from others you may have been a part of? 50 feels extra special because it’s a half century of excellence in dance here in Seattle!
Do you have talents or passions outside of dance? I'm a big NY sports fan, which has not been easy over the past decade. Really hoping the Yankees can win their 28th World Series title while we at PNB celebrate our 50th anniversary. If the Yankees come up short again, go Mariners I guess…
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? No matter where you are, you are exactly where you need to be.
Do you have talents or passions outside of dance? My passions outside of dancing including woodworking, metal working, playing music, fishing, hiking, and working on my classic cars.
What inspires you outside of the studio? Inside and out of the studio, I am always inspired by my family. My wife Emma (former PNB dancer), our son Milo, and our 12 year old dog O.P. are always surprising me and keeping me on my toes.
Do you have talents or passions outside of dance? Acting and karate (Kenpo) are two of my favorites. I find they’re helpful in dance as well. Acting helps with the storytelling we convey in ballets. The moves I learn in karate often feel like picking up combinations in class.