It is our pleasure to welcome Jessica Lohr to Ballet 5:8 as a Company Apprentice for the 2017-2018 Season. We've asked each of the new dancers a few questions so we can get to know them before the season begins.
Q. Where will you be coming to Ballet 5:8 from? Where are you from originally?
A. I am moving to Chicago from Jackson, Mississippi! I have spent the last three years dancing in Jackson but am originally from Houston, Texas.
Q. What attracted you to Ballet 5:8?
A. I love the authenticity and freshness that Ballet 5:8 expresses through their works. Dance is an art form that is constantly evolving, and I appreciate the company’s openness and desire to push the boundaries of dance and choreography in a truthful and positive way. I look forward to working with a company that is dedicated to emoting light and thought.
Q. Why do you dance?
A. I dance because I have seen and experienced how powerful this art form can be. I believe that dance can affect people in ways that words cannot. Dance can bring healing and encouragement. It can inspire, cultivate new thought, and radiate light where there is darkness. When I dance, I feel like myself! I think I experience the intimacy of the presence of Jesus most powerfully through movement. The fact that I get to do something that inspires me everyday blows my mind!
Q. What is something you enjoy about Chicago or think you’ll enjoy about Chicago?
A. I am so excited to explore a new city! Chicago is very different than what I am used to, and it has so much to offer. My sister also lives nearby, so I am really looking forward to spending more time with her.
Q. What is one thing people will be surprised to learn about you?
A. That I can be a major foodie! I love trying new and interesting foods and exploring local restaurants. I am really adventurous about trying weird foods as well.
Q. What are you most looking forward to about the coming performance season?
A. I am looking forward to learning new choreography and getting to know the other dancers in the company. I am excited for a year of growth both as a person and a dancer!