Emily Ratkos: 2018/19 Season Reflections

Our Seventh Season has come to a close, and it's time to look back on the year and see what stood out to the dancers. Congrats to Emily on her promotion to Solo Artist for the 2019/20 Season!

Emily Ratkos

Q. Pick one word to describe this season overall. Why?

A. My one word for this season has been patience. Learning to be patient with the daily process, through the challenges, and with myself has helped me grow in new ways and look at things through a different perspective.

Q. What was your favorite moment onstage?

A. I love the truly human moments in Strangers and Angels, specifically at the very end of the ballet when the 1917 dancers reach out into the audience. Even though there is nothing innately complex about it, the vulnerability and heaviness in that moment speaks volumes.

Q. Looking back, would you say that you learned something new about yourself or found yourself stretched out of your comfort zone?

A. This year I've been trying to appreciate the journey of growing instead of just focusing on the final product. Seeing the little day-to-day successes has helped me enjoy the work on a new level.

Q. Is there a particular quote or idea that has been inspirational to you this season?

A. Philippians 4:4-7 has been on my mind this full season: "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Q. What are you up to this summer?

A. I will be in the area this summer, teaching in the School of the Arts and taking classes to prepare for the 2019/20 Season!