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. More to come . . .
Vocation: Professional Ballet Dancer
Defining moment on Stage to Date: I live to the fullest every moment on stage, and I think it’s always so special every time you debut in a role, or perform a new ballet. And then of course, there are some of those moments that remain very close to your heart. One of those was when I was 19 years old and I was performing at New York City Center with the Cuban National Ballet. I was Cupid in Don Quixote and I was the only one that knew it was going to be my last performance with my company – the company I always dreamed to be in since I was a little ballerina. It was a hard and emotional day. . . But I danced like never before!
Another one of these moments was when I performed Giselle for the first and the only time in my life so far. After the mad scene I was in tears and I couldn’t get up from the floor for about 5 minutes! I have never transported myself so deeply into a role like I did that day. . . What an amazing feeling!
Also, when I danced Romeo and Juliet with my real life Romeo, Joseph Gatti, at Cincinnati Ballet. It was a hard process, playing such an emotional ballet in a very difficult time of career decisions. But what a wonderful experience it was!
Favorite Style of Dance: I love to experience everything. Most likely the Classical and Neo/Classical Ballets. I love big full-length story ballets. But I think that to become the best dancer you can be, it is important to teach your body different ways to move.
Inspiration: My family
Favorite Mascara: I use a L’Oreal mascara with collagen.
Favorite Energy Breakfast: Cafe con Leche with cinnamon raisin toast.
Favorite thing to do on a day off from work: It depends. . . If I’m not too tired I like to go shopping and hang out with friends, but if I’m really tired from the week I like to stay home all day – I sew, play on the computer, and just chill on my couch.
How do you blow off steam: Lol. . . I don’t know! It depends on the circumstances. I have taken the car and driven away for a while, taken a walk and sometimes cried on my own if I really need to let it out. . . It makes my feel better.
Why do you think integration of dance and health is needed: Because you can’t dance well if you are not healthy. We have to take care of our bodies! Make sure we have a balanced diet to get the right nutrients we need to keep our bones and health strong. The body is like a car. If you don’t put gas or keep it in a good shape, it won’t function! The body is the work instrument for a dancer, so we have to keep it healthy and in the best possible condition.
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