Welcoming Laura Peterman

It is our pleasure to welcome Laura Peterman to Ballet 5:8 as an Apprentice for the 2016-2017 Season. Here on the blog, we are asking each of the new dancers a few questions so we can get to know them ahead of the upcoming season. 

Q. Where will you be coming to Ballet 5:8 from? Where are you from originally?

A. I am originally from Ontario, Canada, but have already spent a year in Chicago! I attended the Ballet 5:8 trainee program last season.

Q. What attracted you to Ballet 5:8?

A. The company's mission statement is one that I really resonate with: "...to employ artistic ingenuity, innovation and excellence as we celebrate the exchange of ideas in the creative realm." I love art that generates discussion and promotes conversation, and Ballet 5:8's commitment to creating "honest, relevant, and breathtaking dance" enables both performers and audience members to begin discussions about life and faith in an open, non-threatening way. I think that is so important.

Q. Why do you dance?

A. If you had asked me this question a year ago, I couldn't have given an answer! I think it is easy for dancers to suffer burn-out and lose sight of why they dance; however, over the past year I have rediscovered the joy I find in movement. I dance because I always have--but also because I love the structure, the creativity, the challenges, and the satisfaction in achieving goals that dance brings me.

Q. What is something you enjoy about Chicago or think you’ll enjoy about Chicago?

A. Chicago has so much to explore, and I love that. I've had so much fun discovering and learning more about cities like Toronto and Pittsburgh over the past few years, and I'm excited to get to know the city of Chicago just as well. The Art Institute may be my favorite place here so far, as well as the waterfront areas.

Q. What is one thing people will be surprised to learn about you?

A. Many people assume that because I am quiet that I am shy, but I absolutely love goofing off and hanging out with people. People are usually surprised when they find out how silly I can be! I'm not as serious as I seem.

Q. What are you most looking forward to about this performing season?

A. I don't know that I can pick just one thing! I am really looking forward to the new story ballet that our artistic director is choreographing for next season; I am actually reading The Scarlet Letter right now in preparation. I am also excited to perform Eden again; I had so much fun performing it last season, and I'm very interested to see how it evolves and grows! I suppose the last thing I'm excited for is to be dancing with Ballet 5:8 as an apprentice this year, and see what new challenges that brings!