Over the past two years, our group has strengthened its ties to the UW dance community -- a development I've watched with glee. I love the diversity of the UW dance graduates. I've danced with Huskies who are former Irish Dance champions, as well as contact improv experts, jugglers, and hardcore ballerinas. I also love the fearlessness that these purple-and-gold artists possess. To generalize, I can't think of a dancer I've met from this community who hasn't been open-minded, collaborative and curious, and new RDC dancer Hailey Burt is a great example. I knew that I would likely Hailey from the moment I saw her really performing (and, well, smiling so beautifully!) at our audition this past summer. In addition to being a delight to watch, Hailey is also an outstanding teammate, leader and choreographer. She is someone who can do it all, and she brings people together. As my friend Hannah put it, "Hailey is someone who does even better the more responsibility you give her."
Proudest accomplishment as an artist: Seeing my work onstage. I’ve choreographed a few pieces over the last few years, and every time I see my work onstage I am so excited and want to make more.
Most humbling moment as an artist: I currently teach little kids ballet, and every time I show them something new I am reminded that we are all beginners, no matter our age. They teach me so much.
What's your spirit animal? An otter. Did you know they hold hands when they sleep so they don’t float away from each other? So adorable.
What's your guilty pleasure? Cupcakes.
If you were a color, you'd be: Purple!
Three things in life you love are: My family, my friends, and the fact that I can watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Netflix.
Memorable thing from dancing in RDC this year? So far, the most memorable thing from RDC this year has been meeting so many wonderful people! I feel so lucky to know all of these amazing, talented dancers and I can’t wait to keep getting to know everyone.
What's next for you? Aside from performing with RDC, I am continuing to pursue choreography in Seattle, and I also hope to continue teaching throughout the city!