We are now well into the summer season and rehearsals for our Athenaeum Theater fall program in September. Still, its not too late to check in with a few more company artists and see what stood out during the fall season.
Company Apprentice Torie Arrington joined Ballet 5:8 at the beginning of the 2014-2015 season. She will be returning as a Senior Apprentice this season, and we are very much looking forward to having her with us for another year! Torie will also be taking on a new role at Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts as the School Administrative Assistant.
What was your favorite moment this season?
My favorite moment of this season was our tour to Valparaiso, Indiana! There was the cutest group of young dancers who performed before we did The Story of Job. As we were taking down our "theater in a box", a couple of the little girls ran around passing out cups of lemonade to all of us! They were just the sweetest!
Which ballet challenged you the most this season? Why?
The Four Seasons of the Soul challenged me the most! First of all, it was physically demanding. My stamina was definitely pushed to the max. It was also very emotionally challenging. The process of choreographing Seasons sparked a time of spiritual growth for me.
Which has been your favorite ballet to perform this season? Why?
Belteshazzar was by far my favorite ballet to perform this season! I absolutely love the story of Daniel and the example of extreme faith that it gives. I also loved it because it pushed me out of my comfort zone. I am normally cast in roles that are kind and gentle, but in Belteshazzar I was able to explore what it's like to be an antagonistic character. It was the most fun I have had dancing to date.
Do you feel like you have changed this year? How?
This season was definitely a time of growth for me. God has greatly revealed more about Himself (specifically through our study of the book of Daniel) and my faith was tested and continually increased! I also feel like I have grown as a dancer. I have been pushed to a place that I didn't know was physically possible for me. I am excited to see what happens next.
What are you looking forward to about this summer?
I am looking forward to performing in interesting venues! I think I am most excited about performing in the Harold Washington Library. It will make an incredibly unique theater.
This will be my first year to be a part of the summer intensive and I am so excited to see what it is all about.
What are you looking forward to about next season?
I am looking forward to touring to new places this next season! I am excited to push myself to new heights, both in my faith and in my dancing.
What are you up to during summer layoff?
During the summer layoff, I have spent most of my days at Gunter Elementary School volunteering with the Kindergarten class. It is extremely fulfilling to be given the opportunity to help mold little hearts!! They bring a lot of joy into my life. I have also been teaching Piyo at Get Fit Gunter, and taking ballet classes to stay in dancing shape.