Interview: Marinna Kus

If you've ever wanted to get to know the Ballet 5:8 company artists a little more, this is your chance! Marinna Kus, who danced as an apprentice this season, will be returning as a company artist in the fall (congrats Marinna!), is our first to be interviewed. Read, enjoy, and check back for more interviews to come. #B58dancerinterviews ---

Q: When did you join Ballet 5:8?

A: I joined Ballet 5:8 in August of 2013 for the 2013/2014 season. It was the first time I moved away from home. It was a huge adjustment, full of challenges. However, this has been one of the most exciting and fulfilling years of my life.

Q: How long have you been dancing?

A: I began dancing at age 11, but I only took Jazz for the first year. I thought ballet was slow and boring. I guess I’ve changed my mind since then! I started ballet right before I turned 12 and never looked back.

Q: Where do you call “home”?

A: Home for me is the town of Jensen Beach, Florida. It’s a sleepy fishing town on the east coast of Florida. I lived there with my parents from the time I was 7 until I moved out at 22. It was a great place to grow up; close to good fishing, warm beaches, and quaint coffee shops. Fun fact: Jensen Beach used to be pineapple plantations, until the early 1900s, and was considered to be the “pineapple capital of the world”.

Q: What role, or what ballet has been your favorite with Ballet 5:8 so far? How about the most personally challenging?

A: I absolutely loved rehearsing and performing The Story of Job this season. It has always been one of my favorite books of the Bible and I felt that the more we performed it, the more I was able to understand the story and the character of God. I think this ballet has challenged me to trust God more, and to not be so quick to complain when life gets difficult. It also presented some unique artistic challenges. I played two characters in the ballet, Elihu as well as the Lead Angel. It was artistically challenging having to make such radical switches in character multiple times in one show.

Q: What excites you most about the 2014-15 season?

A: I’m really excited for next season’s rep. We’ve started rehearsing little bits and pieces and it’s going to be awesome.