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Dancer Q&A: Klara Houdet

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

This is a Q&A with Colorado Ballet Corps de Ballet Dancer Klara Houdet.

  1. Where are you from?
    Réunion Island (French Island)
  2. Where did you train/dance before coming to Colorado Ballet?
    Paris Opera Ballet School
    Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
    National Ballet of Canada
    American Ballet Theatre
  3. What did you do with your summer break?
    Took ballet classes almost every day
  4. What age did you first start dancing? What do you remember from your first class?
    3 years old
    Loving how the studio smelled!
  5. What was your first ballet you remember attending? What do you remember about it?
    I can't remember the first ballet I saw, but I recall spending hours looking at ballet pictures of principals from Paris Opera.
  6. Who are your ballet role models? Dancers that inspire you.
    Many dancers inspire me, from principals to corps de ballet members. But the first name that comes to my mind is Mikhail Baryshnikov.
  7. Proudest moment in your ballet career?
    First place at an international ballet competition, but I wasn't proud, just extremely happy.
  8. Favorite choreographer(s) you’ve worked with?
    Jacopo Godani, Crystal Pite
  9. If you could get a lesson/class from anyone, it would be ________
    Taina Morales from the National Ballet of Cuba
  10. Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
    'You are the master of yourself.'
  11. Favorite ballets to dance? Which are favorite to watch?
    All
  12. Dream role?
    There are too many!
  13. If you could never dance again, what would you want your final role to be?
    Never thought of it and don't want to:-)
  14. What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
    Surfing the Internet
  15. What are some of your indulgences?
    Chocolate
  16. Do you have any pre-performance routines/rituals?
    Nap and going through the choreography, remembering the last changes, notes...
  17. What production(s) are you most excited about this year?
    I'm excited about all of them. Happy to dance again the ones I already know, and looking forward to discover the ones I don't.
  18. What would you say to people who come to see the Colorado Ballet?
    Without you, we wouldn't be able to live our dream.
Klara Houdet by Allen Birnbach

Colorado Ballet soloist featured in national campaign for new PENTAX K-3 camera

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
This video features Colorado Ballet Soloist Dana Benton and Colorado Ballet photographer Allen Birnbach.

Dancer Q&A: Tracy Jones

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

This is a Q&A with Colorado Ballet Corps de Ballet Dancer Tracy Jones.

  1. Where are you from?
    Cork, Ireland
  2. Where did you train/dance before coming to Colorado Ballet?
    I trained at the Royal Ballet School in London. Before joining Colorado Ballet, I danced professionally with English National Ballet and Barcelona Ballet.
  3. What did you do with your summer break?
    I went to London to visit my family and then to Kentucky to visit my fiancee, Francisco Estevez's family.
  4. What age did you first start dancing? What do you remember from your first class?
    I started at 5. I remember being really happy that I got to wear pink and run around the room like a fairy!
  5. What was your first ballet you remember attending? What do you remember about it?
    Giselle at the Cork Opera House with Ballet Theatre Ireland. My Mom was playing the role of Giselle's mother so I got to go backstage afterwards and I remember being so starstruck meeting real ballerinas.
  6. Who are your ballet role models? Dancers that inspire you.
    Darcey Bussel and Marianela Nunez from the Royal Ballet and Maria Kowroski and Wendy Whelan of New York City Ballet.
  7. Proudest moment in your ballet career?
    Dancing the lead in Angel Corella's String Sextet and performing Christopher Wheeldon's DGV at New York City Center.
  8. Favorite choreographer(s) you’ve worked with?
    Christopher Wheeldon
    Russell Ducker
  9. If you could get a lesson/class from anyone, it would be _______
    George Balanchine
  10. Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
    Make every movement count down to the last detail.
  11. Favorite ballets to dance? Which are favorite to watch?
    Favorite to dance would be Swan Lake and La Bayadere.
    Favorite to watch Romeo and Juliet and Manon.
  12. Dream role?
    Manon or Juliet
  13. If you could never dance again, what would you want your final role to be?
    Manon
  14. What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
    I run my own business- Tulips by Tracy Ballet Skirts, so I spend most of my free time with that. 
  15. What are some of your indulgences?
    Sushi and Chocolate, oh and Swedish Fish!
  16. Do you have any pre-performance routines/rituals?
    I always like to make sure I have tested my shoes out on the stage before a performance but that’s it really.
  17. What production(s) are you most excited about this year?
    I am very excited about the whole season-Giselle is such a wonderful ballet to dance on stage and I have never done Cinderella before so it is going to be fun to be a part of. I haven't danced in The Nutcracker for a while as we didn't perform it in Spain which is where I have been for the past 5 Christmases so it will be nice to perform that again.
  18. What would you say to people who come to see the Colorado Ballet?
    Thank you for supporting us and I hope that you enjoy watching all of the very talented dancers here share this wonderful art form with you!
Tracy Jones by Francisco Estevez Photography

Interview with Adam Still about Giselle

Thursday, October 03, 2013


This video features rehearsal clips with Adam Still and Dana Benton.

Dancer Q&A: Morgan Buchanan

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

This is a Q&A with Colorado Ballet Corps de Ballet Dancer Morgan Buchanan.

  1. Where are you from?
    I was born in San Antonio, TX but I grew up in Houston.
  2. Where did you train/dance before coming to Colorado Ballet?
    I trained with Gilbert Rome and Victoria Vittum for several years, as well as Houston Ballet for 2 years.
  3. What did you do with your summer break?
    I had a very relaxing break! I went to a lot of concerts, visited my parents, went to the beach, and spent a lot of time going out with my friends. I also nannied, which I really enjoy.
  4. What age did you first start dancing? What do you remember from your first class?
    I started dancing at 3, so I don't remember too much of the early years. I do remember loving being onstage from an early age.
  5. What was your first ballet you remember attending? What do you remember about it?
    I don't remember the first ballet I saw, but the first time I remember being truly inspired to be a professional was when I saw Nina Ananiashvili dance Kitri in a performance of Don Q at the Met. It was the first time I saw ABT live. I loved the energy of it all.
  6. Who are your ballet role models? Dancers that inspire you.
    Wendy Whelan is a huge inspiration to me. I saw her in rehearsal at VIDF a couple of years ago, and I don't think I've ever been so moved! Lauren Anderson has also been an inspiration to me. When I was a kid and she was still a principal at Houston Ballet, I heard her talking about a key lime pie she was going to eat when she got home. It was refreshing to hear something so normal! She was always so nice and personable to those who looked up to her. I try to emulate that around young dancers as well.
  7. Proudest moment in your ballet career?
    The student matinee for Peter Pan. I had never danced a leading role with Colorado Ballet before, and the kids really loved the show! The applause was deafening. I was so happy that I had made a well known children's character come to life for them!
  8. Favorite choreographer(s) you’ve worked with?
    Val Caniparoli. He made a point of correcting everyone, even the understudies! He taught me a lot about contemporary movement even in the short time he was here.
  9. If you could get a lesson/class from anyone, it would be ________
    Probably Baryshnikov. He is a legend. I'd be so nervous!
  10. Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
    I've had a lot of great advice given to me. Most recently one of my mentors reminded me to always be humble and appreciate the opportunities I have been given!
  11. Favorite ballets to dance? Which are favorite to watch?
    Theme and Variations has been my favorite ballet to dance so far. My favorite ballets to watch are Jiri Kylian's Petit Mort and John Cranko's Onegin.
  12. Dream role?
    Odile in Swan Lake
  13. If you could never dance again, what would you want your final role to be?
    I would want the role to be something that I had a deep emotional connection to.
  14. What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
    I love hiking, cooking, and going to the movies at theaters like the Mayan, Esquire and Sie Center
  15. What are some of your indulgences?
    Happy hour, brunch, and iced americanos!
  16. Do you have any pre-performance routines/rituals?
    Not really. I do obsessively pop my knuckles and yawn a lot out of nervousness before I go on stage.
  17. What production(s) are you most excited about this year?
    I'm very excited for Giselle. I've never seen or danced it before.
  18. What would you say to people who come to see Colorado Ballet?
    Enjoy! And come back to see us!

 

Morgan Buchanan by Francisco Estevez Photography

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