Laura Schlatter: Season Reflections

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

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

A. Growing out of your current comfort zone is... well... anything BUT comfortable. One thing that I've learned in life, especially over this past season, is if you want to experience a fulfillment in God-given peace, you have to be ready to go on that long, arduous search for the calm after (and sometimes during) the storm; trying to find the good in everything that happens in life. I find joy in growing through that quest. So, my word is Quest. 

Q. What ballet was your favorite this season? Why?

A. I like being quirky in shorter, more contemporary ballets - I feel like I get to show more of me. But learning full-length ballets is a blast! You have to become a character (sometimes multiple characters) and carry out the arc of their emotion and story throughout an entire 2 hours. It's pretty snazz. 

Q. What has challenged you the most? How did you grow?

A. Being on tour, performing several times in many different cities, taught me how much we have to hold on to consistency in our dancing. I tried to stick to as much of a normal warm-up routine as possible to make sure my body felt the same way before every performance. The only thing I really noticed changing during performances was my level of energy. Some days were more tiring than others, but hey! That's why God created coffee... right?  

Q. A particularly funny or memorable moment?

A. Ahh! I got to meet one of my favorite New York City Ballet dancers while performing in the city.

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

A. "...Therefore, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received." Ephesians 4:1

Q. What are you up to this summer?

A.  Attempting to be normal. You all will have to hold me accountable.