This is a Q&A with Colorado Ballet Corps de Ballet Dancer Morgan Buchanan.
- Where are you from?
I was born in San Antonio, TX but I grew up in Houston.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- If you could get a lesson/class from anyone, it would be ________
Probably Baryshnikov. He is a legend. I'd be so nervous!
- 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!
- 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.
- Dream role?
Odile in Swan Lake
- 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.
- 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
- What are some of your indulgences?
Happy hour, brunch, and iced americanos!
- 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.
- What production(s) are you most excited about this year?
I'm very excited for Giselle. I've never seen or danced it before.
- 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