Enjoy this week’s Conversation Sunday – Behind the Scenes entry, all in fun. A dancer’s profile, with a wrap up with why she feels the integration of dance and health is vital. Click here, if you haven’t had the chance to take a look at NCDT’s dancer, Anna Gerberich’s profile at dancehealthier.
Name: Kathleen Rae Thielhelm
Vocation: Dancer with Bejart Ballet Lausanne
Defining moment onstage: I have two moments, but I can tie them together! The first was when I was 17, at the Joffrey Midwest Workshop. I performed my first pas de deux, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by John Magnus. I can still remember the feeling of that night, consciously realizing that i let myself go somewhere else while performing, becoming someone else, and loving the feeling. The next moment, to which I still shake my head in disbelief about, was in 2010, when i performed on the stage of The Palais Garnier of L’opera de Paris. Opening night, a starkly pure and extremely challenging pas de deux, which I found out I’d be dancing that night with another partner an hour before the curtain went up! There wasn’t time to panic, and it’s still surreal remembering how I willed myself to not only make it through (on the 5-degree-raked stage) but to experience the moment – with my partner, with the music, all while allowing myself to go to that freeing and trustworthy place. It may sound a bit exaggerated, but that night was the culmination of so many things; it will always be such a beautiful memory.
Favorite Style: Classical/Neo-classical — more specifically, anything with a story! I don’t think I could name just one! I’ve enjoyed interpreting Tudor and Bejart works the most, for the meanings and musicality choreographed into each movement, or stillness.
Inspiration: Honesty – in art and in life – my family, my teacher
Favorite Dancewear Brand: I wear newer brands, but i’ll admit most of my favorite leos are oldies-but-goodies…
Favorite Energy Breakfast: Lately, it’s been a glass of orange-carrot juice, some fresh bread and butter, an Actimel with my daily fish-oil pill. And, yes, coffee is a necessity.
Day-off: Here at Bejart Ballet, we work 6 days a week with Mondays off. So on those Monday’s I relax and unwind. I do this either by productively finishing errands/chores, taking a walk, going to the park with friends, or enjoying the beautiful swiss scenery! Just depends on my mood!
Blow off steam: Venting with a good friend, having a good cry if necessary, taking a walk/explore/get lost (if in a new city), and singing loudly to music in the privacy of my apartment
Integration of dance and Health: Personally, as I get older, I enjoy the things I’ve come to learn through experience about my own mental and physical health, along with my dancing. As with anything, the more information you have, added to your intuition and self-awareness, the easier it is to fine-tune our body. As dancers, our bodies are our livelihood!
Doing next: Since it’s the evening of my day-off, I intend to finish up some laundry, make myself a nice dinner, and enjoy a glass of wine. Any further into the future would be speculation!
Stay tuned for this coming Movement Wednesday post on Progressive Muscle Relaxation. Also, click here if you have not checked out last Sunday’s Q&A session with Royal Danish Ballet dancer, Shelby Elsbree.
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