Summer Smith: 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. Full. It has been a season of a lot of change, a lot of boundary pushing, and a lot of busy schedules. The company grew a lot this year, both in size and in opportunity, it's been amazing to see the Lord provide in that.

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

A. My favorite ballet this year was Meditations. It was a beautifully abstract work, that was able to touch on a really difficult subject in a non invasive way. The audience was able to view what was happening from the outside, while still feeling invited into the light. 

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

A. I felt challenged by stamina this year - we performed a lot of back to back weekends. It was often a challenge to teach my body how to recover. I've learned that I need to be very constructive in how I use my rest.

Q. A particularly funny or memorable moment?

A. Probably one of my favorite experiences was in New York. We were able to parter with the Awakening Movement for a worship and improvisation event. It was so wonderful to get to spend time dancing and praying with and for others in our dance community. I also really loved the time we go to spend with Vivid Ballet while in the Northeast. 

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

A. This year I've really been focusing on the work of The Liturgists. They have an interesting podcast and produce wonderful music, and it's really kept me challenged and inspired throughout the season. 

Q. What are you up to this summer?

A. I'll be teaching, dancing, and probably doing some visiting. I'm also getting married in August, I'm excited to celebrate with my loved ones.