Laura Peterman: 2017/18 Season Reflections

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Our Sixth Season has come to a close, and it's time to look back on the year and see what stood out to the dancers.

Laura Peterman

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

A. Uplifting — this season grew not only myself, but the entire company, in a whole new way. It was amazing to see how diligently we focused on lifting each other up and encouraging one another, and how that focus changed and affected all areas of our work and our lives.

Q. What was your favorite moment onstage?

A. To be honest, even the past couple months of performing have been a blur, so it’s hard to pick one thing from the entire season! My absolute favorite moment though has to be the end of Shades of Refrain — praying and dancing with my fellow corps members and friends has been so special. Every time we’ve performed this piece, that moment has stuck out to me.

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

A. One hundred percent — in all areas of life this past year, I feel like I’ve changed and grown a lot, especially in how I view and approach challenges. In the studio, I feel like I’ve gained more confidence and strength than I possessed last season. I still have a long way to go, but I feel much less pressure to do it all in my own strength now — I know that ultimately, God’s plan will be carried out, and that I can trust that plan, even when I don’t know everything the future holds.

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

A. I’ve really been struck this season by the power of prayer and the gift of creation. Getting out in nature and just spending time walking and praying has been so restorative, and I love doing that both alone and with other people. Prayer is so powerful, and admiring God’s creation is a rejuvenating act of worship. Bringing that sense of awe, peace, and wonder into the dance studio and onto the stage is something I’ve been trying to think about more lately.

Q. What are you up to this summer?

A. In June I will be taking some time off to visit my family in Canada, and then I’ll be back in Chicago working as a chaperone for the Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive for five weeks. I’ll also be teaching at a summer dance intensive in Alaska for week, which I am really looking forward to. I’m hoping to fill the rest of my summer with lots of camping, hiking, and outdoor time.