COMPANY ARTIST | San Diego, California
JOINED CBC: 2012, Apprentice 2011
TRAINING: California Ballet School
FEATURED CBC ROLES: Indian Maiden and Pirate Wench — Septime Webre’s Peter Pan; Dewdrop Fairy — The Nutcracker; Pas de Trois — Sleeping Beauty; Spring Fairy — Cinderella.
NOTEWORTHY: California Ballet School Student of the Year, 2012; Diane Metzler Volunteer Award 2011; CBC Dancer of the Year 2015; Holds B.A. from SDSU in Art, Graphic Design.
When I'm not working I enjoy... I love to continue creating - drawing, painting, design projects, macrame, crocheting, book making, letterpress, printmaking, anything creative I love. I also really enjoy reading, exploring the city, and spending time with my friends and family.
I love San Diego because... It is my hometown. Growing up here, you have such a connection to the city, the sea, and everything in between. This city has such a myriad of things to offer and it's constantly growing and changing, meaning you can always find something or somewhere new to try or explore.
What ballet or role would you like to dance (and why), but haven't yet? A Card, or really any part, in Christopher Wheeldon's Alice in Wonderland. It's such a fun and creative interpretation of the story; the music, the costumes, the choreography, every part of it is incredible.
If I weren't a dancer, I'd be: A graphic designer - and I am! I received my degree in Graphic Design from San Diego State University in 2016 and since then I have worked with a wonderful group of clients. I love having a creative outlet outside of dance - a place where I can express myself through a completely different medium and in a completely different way.
What is your favorite costume and why? I'm not sure I could ever have a favorite, though I do have a few I’m quite fond of: the fairies costumes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream —a short blue dress with giant wings; the Indian Maiden costume from Peter Pan —a red halter dress with teal, beaded accents; and I've always loved the Dewdrop costume from Maxine Mahon’s The Nutcracker.
What can always make you laugh? My younger brother Michael. He has such a quirky personality, a incredible inclination for impressions, and always knows how to crack a perfectly timed joke.
What is your perfect day? A perfect day starts with sleeping in. Maybe going to a local coffee shop for a cup of tea and reading or working on a design project for a bit. Then perhaps visiting one of my favorite art supply stores in the afternoon with a friend. Then rounding out the day dinner and movie night with my family.
What has been your most memorable moment as a dancer? One of them that is definitely up there was the first time I got to perform the role of Dewdrop in The Nutcracker two years ago. It was a culmination of realizing I was actually performing this role I had tried for for so many years, intense nervousness (which I normally don't feel), and just the hope that it would go well. When I stepped onto the stage, all of those thoughts washed away and then it's just you, the audience, and an incredible group of 16 dancers dancing right alongside you. Having been able to reprise that role this past year, I was able to get a little more comfortable and really find the fun in it. This past Nutcracker is really one of the few times I'm truly satisfied with how I performed, especially in that role.
What is the hardest part about being a dancer? Pushing through when every part of your body and mind are saying no. Sometimes there are days when everything is sore and you’re incredibly tired both mentally and physically but you have to keep going. Often those are the days that are just as equally rewarding in return. By the end of the day, you made it through, put in the effort in rehearsal, or you gave the audience your best possible performance. In the end, you let the art speak; you let the art, and your love for it, take over and drive you.
Fun to know: Talent runs in the family; Katie’s mother, Nanette, is the CBC Wardrobe Mistress.