A dancer profile with Kara Zimmerman, ballet dancer with Victor Ullate Ballet Company

Today, I feature an amazing person and dancer. Someone that remains positive everyday, seizes the day and is a beautiful and strong human being. I hope she finds you all well, inspired and intrigued. Have a wonderful Holiday Season dancehealthier followers.- Jill Marlow Krutzkamp (founder/author of dancehealthier).

Name: Kara Zimmerman

Vocation: Currently a Ballet Dancer with the Victor Ullate Ballet Company in Madrid. Formerly with Joffery Ballet (6 years), Cincinnati Ballet (1 year), and Pacific Northwest Ballet (8 years).

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Defining Moment on Stage to Date: I have had many defining moments on stage throughout my career so far so it is hard to pick one. But for me, every first as a professional dancer has been a defining moment I believe.  My first time performing as a professional, my first solo, my first pas de duex, my first principal role, my first time performing a fulfilling piece by an incredible choreographer, my first time being thrown into a piece with a half hour emergency rehearsal, my first time performing with each different company I’ve been in.. Most recently was my first time performing with the company here in Madrid.

 I’ve also had some amazing moments on stage when I am fully involved in the role, don’t notice anyone around me, and it seems as if I am in a dream which I never want to end.  Then I also have had a few moments when things aren’t going right (falling, forgot the steps, costume dramas, partnering that’s not working well, the orchestra is playing too slow/fast..etc!) and I have to think quick to figure something out to fix what is going wrong in a way that the audience wouldn’t have a clue. Without these experiences and defining moments, I would have NEVER grown into the artist and professional dancer I am today.
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Favorite Style of Dance: Some of my favorite things I have enjoyed dancing so far in my career have been by George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, and Christopher Wheeldon.  I especially also love dancing any type of pas de duex.  There is something wonderful about sharing the experience on stage with someone, working together and connecting with someone to create something I wouldn’t be able to create on my own.

Inspiration: Sunsets, there is something amazing about a beautiful sunset.

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Favorite Dance Wear Brand: Pointe shoes: Freeds {makers key and club}

Clothes: I don’t have a specific one, just anything that is comfortable and I feel good in.

Favorite Energy Breakfast: Coffee, Orange Juice,  Peanut Butter Toast.

Favorite thing to do on a “day off” from Work: Right now I love exploring Madrid. There is so much to see and I want to do it all.

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How do you blow off steam: A walk, take a different type of dance class, try something new,  or a cup of coffee with a friend to vent and laugh.

Why do you think integration of dance and health is needed:  It is important to keep our bodies as strong and healthy as possible.  We are top athletes and our bodies go through a lot everyday so we need to treat them well. For dancers our bodies are our instruments and it is important to be healthy to be able to perform at our best.

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What’s next for you: Right now I want to make the most out of my time and experiences here in Madrid and to be open to any opportunities that may come my way.

Photograph Credits: Herbert Migdoll and Cheryl Mann.

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Copyright @Jill Marlow Krutzkamp 2011-2013. All rights reserved. Contact me at dancehealthier@gmail.com. And remember to dancehealthier.

 

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