I've always talked about getting out of my comfort zone as an artist. Well, this is as outside of my comfort zone as I've ever been. For the first time, I'll be singing and speaking on the stage, as well as dancing. And I've only had two weeks to prepare my lines, take vocal lessons, and learn new choreography.
It still hasn't hit me. I'm living my dream and I look forward to continuing to work hard towards becoming a better, stronger dancer. Now that we're here, my hope is that in time, this won't be such a rare achievement, and my reviews and mentions in the media will refer to me simply as a "ballerina," because that's what I am.
As an associate editor at Emily Bestler Books, I have a wonderful list of authors, all of whom I adore. They're moms, and former military, and screenwriters, and Australians, and stay-at-home dads. They live in cities and in the country; they are male and female; they're tall and short and in-between.
A fixture in the dance and theater world for over six decades, de Lavallade helped pave the way for current stars like Misty Copeland and Michaela DePrince. In the clip below, I ask whether she carries any sentiments of resentment about the lack of opportunity for black dancers when she came up as opposed to today.