What qualities do you admire most in other dancers?
Nowadays there are so many dancers who jump, turn, have high extensions, a beautiful body. But quality is much more than ability, because you can always hide your physical flaws: It's musicality, artistry, port de bras. Everything counts.
How nervous do you get before a performance?
I can't even say I'm excited, because it means a little bit nervous, and I'm not: I just look forward to going onstage and sharing what I feel today.
How do you prepare your pointe shoes for performance?
I like old shoes—very soft for the articulation, so they feel like a second skin. I like to speak with my feet, as if I was dancing barefoot. I've worn Gaynor Mindens for 10 years, and I wear the softest shank—otherwise I feel like I'm jumping up and down.
Do you have any pre-performance rituals?
I did before I had my son! I used to nap and have sushi before the shows, but now I don't have time. I live five minutes from the theater, and after rehearsal I pick my son up from kindergarten, I take him home and I make dinner. Then I run back to the theater to get ready for the show.
Do you have a secret talent?
Even people who know me are surprised when I say I like extreme sports. I love motorcycles, climbing, and I would jump from a parachute without a doubt—I've done it.