Though the summer is sometimes the season for bittersweet goodbyes, it is also the time to welcome new dancers to the company! We are excited to announce recent Butler University graduate Christina Perry is joining us as a Senior Apprentice for the 2015-2016 Season. We asked her a few questions of introduction so we can all get to know her...
Q. Tell us a little about yourself
A. I have been dancing for 18 years and have received my Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance with Department Honors from Butler University. My earlier training was under Betsy Carr, Marjorie Randazzo, and Melinda Baker at Dance Arts Academy in Traverse City, MI where I studied; ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, and hip-hop. I have also worked with Kate Price at Academy of the Arts in Jackson, MI as a guest performer, teacher, and choreographer.
I have also received training from Joffrey Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company, Ballet Met on Merit Scholarship, Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Dancer Teachers Summit, and New York City Dance Alliance as an Outstanding Dancer. I have also toured Europe on a full scholarship for the Tanzommer Festival.
Q. How did you find out about Ballet 5:8?
A. I first heard about Ballet 5:8 through my dear friend Kate Price who has known and admired Artistic Director Julianna Slager. Kate spoke highly of the company’s inspiring and powerful works and encouraged me to audition for the company.
Q. What excites you about Ballet 5:8 and its mission?
A. I am excited for the opportunity to incorporate my faith through the art form of dance with audiences. I have a calling from God to use the very gift He has given me to further His Kingdom and Ballet 5:8 will provide many wonderful opportunities to show and discuss my faith.
Q. Why/how did you decide to audition?
A. Kate Price and I went for a weekend in October to Chicago to take a company class as my audition. It was very exciting to meet all the company artists and they were all so welcoming and kind and I knew it would be a wonderful fit.
Q. What are you most looking forward to for this coming performing season?
A. I am excited to learning the innovative and inspiring repertoire and to be apart of collaboration with Preston Miller this summer. The artistry, challenging technique, and mission each piece speaks will be a wonderful to perform.
Q. What do you anticipate will be the most challenging about the upcoming season?
A. I will be dancing with Ballet 5:8’s company and teaching on the faculty for Ballet 5:8’s academy which will fill much of my time. I am looking foreword to both opportunities and the growth that both will provide but I will have to be on top of my scheduling and time management, for it will be a packed schedule.
Q. Why do you dance?
A. Dance has been a part of life for the past 18 years and has influenced and shaped the person I am today. Through dance I have discovered how to be disciplined and develop a strong work ethic. I have learned how to be passionate about what I love and show my individuality. Dance for me is more then just something I love and enjoy doing, I believe that it is my calling from God. He has blessed me with this gift in order to bring praise and glory to His name through movement and to use dance as a tool to bring others to a state of worship. These aspects are the foundation of my dance esthetic and who I am as an artist, my goal as a performer, teacher, and choreographer, to have my faith be the center and focus of everything I do.