2009 Interview

Looking back on your performance career, what has been your most memorable moment? How did you get there?

I always look forward so it is hard to look back!  But, Robert Joffrey told me he’d never use me in his company because I was too short.  A few years later, as a principal dancer in the Joffrey, I was interviewed for Time Magazine - and the guy asked me what it felt like to be “short”.   I said, “I never felt short”.   In that moment I realized that it took unadulterated commitment, focus and great passion to get there. 

Tell us about your involvement with Career Transition for Dancers. Did they influence your personal journey?

As a former board member for 12 years - and always working with dancers to further their careers, I was thrilled to find an organization committed to these goals and more. 

Tell us the challenges (and any funny stories as well) about being a movement coach for Bette Midler.

I met her through Toni Basil.  She was more focused in ballet class than most dancers I teach today. 

Being a principal dancer with Joffrey was....

......was influential to my current artistic aesthetic - that of diversity and appreciation for history. 

You play so many roles: choreographer, artistic director, producer, teacher. What’s your favorite and why?

Each role competes with each other because I love them all.   But, being a multi-faceted artist  is to know that you can only do all things at once, if you do one thing at a time.  

What is your wish for the next generation of performing artists?

To be much more committed to what is needed for creating  the “art” in performing. 

Besides dance, you love…