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Dancer Q&A: Tracy Jones

Sanya Andersen-Vie - 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

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