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Opening a New Chapter in My Life

As I started my first year as Rehearsal Director, I have been reflecting back on my career here at Ballet Austin. I came here 13 years ago wanting to dance. I was fortunate enough to work with Stephen Mills from the time when he was Resident Choreographer of the company. My dancing career was very much formed and inspired by Stephen and Michelle and now they are doing the same for my career as Rehearsal Director. I have always been interested in teaching and coaching and now I have the opportunity to do both within the Ballet Austin family.

People keep asking me if it is weird to be in the studio all day coaching others. My response to them is a simple, no. This new chapter in my life feels right and my job as Rehearsal Director fits perfectly. As I have said, I have always loved coaching and now I get to pass on my experiences to others and help them form their dancing careers. It is really fascinating seeing this industry from the other side of the footlights.

People also ask me if I miss the stage. My response to them is, I’m not sure yet. There is a part of me that will always love performing and I suppose I will really know the answer to this question as our season unfolds. I can say this, dancing is a part of my life and my soul. Therefore, it will always hold a special place in my heart.


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