We sent out a questionnaire to our new dancers to get to know them a little better.
Here is the response from one of our new Corps de Ballet dancers, Emily Speed:
1. Where are you from?
The Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area
2. Where did you train/dance before coming to Colorado Ballet?
I have danced with several different companies including Alabama Ballet, Ballet Tucson and Boulder Ballet. Before graduating, I trained with Marina Almayeva.
3. What did you do with your summer break?
My husband and I were married and he moved here to Denver. I also went with Kevin Wilson to Jackson, MS and competed in the USA international ballet competition there. We performed a classical pas de deux and a contemporary duet.
4. What age did you first start dancing? What do you remember from your first class?
My first dance class I was only 3 years old but didn't start my classical training until much later. I just remember I always loved dancing and performing.
5. What was your first ballet you remember attending?
It was a gala, but I remember they performed "Le Spectre de la Rose."
6. Who are your ballet role models? Dancers that inspire you.
I love watching Natalia Osipova because she is such an amazing technician and isn't necessarily what you first think of when you think of a ballet dancer.
7. Proudest moment in your ballet career?
It is hard to pinpoint one, but I am really proud to be where I am right now and it was a culmination of many events that has made me the dancer I am today.
8. Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Amanda McKerrow has always told me to just "stay present" on stage. It seems simple but for me it is always a good reminder to not think about what's already happened or what will and to truly focus on the role no matter how big or small.
9. Favorite ballets to dance? Which are favorite to watch?
Don Quixote has so much life and is always fun to perform and I also loved performing Serenade. I love watching all the classics but especially Giselle, Swan Lake and La Bayadere.
10. Dream role?
Medora in Le Corsaire or Kitri in Don Quixote
11. What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I really enjoy spending time with my family and husband. I love yoga, cooking, and traveling.
12. What are some of your indulgences?
13. Do you have any pre-performance routines/rituals?
I get really chatty when I'm nervous or excited for a show but I like to have my hair done first and wait to finish my makeup until just before curtain. Depending on the part, I check certain sections from the piece on stage. If I do it well once I leave it there but I have to do it well once. I also like to say a quick prayer thanking God for the opportunity to do what I love.
14. What production(s) are you most excited about this year?
George Balanchine's "Concerto Barocco"!!!!!
15. What would you say to people who come to see the Colorado Ballet?
Denver is such a wonderful place with so many great things to do but there is something really special about participating in the arts. Thank you for watching and sharing in a wonderful part of this community.