March 28, 1951 |
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
|Education||National Ballet School of Canada|
|Occupation||Ballet dancer, administrator|
|Spouse(s)||Ross Petty (1983â€“present)|
I know there are going to be big challenges financially, but I'm excited artistically. I think that if the experience is better artistically, then we have more hope in the future.
There's nothing like the force and challenge of a new ballet to galvanize everyone involved in bringing it to life.
The importance of the arts to the societies in which they thrive is well documented.
Dancers, like all performing artists, like nothing better than to be challenged.
In the world of classical ballet there are only a handful of story ballets, so getting a new one is cause for excitement.
When I grow up I am going to be a ballerina. I will be in Giselle. It will be so much fun being a ballerina.
In my life, there have always been people who guided my path, towards the school, towards this company. I didn't know about any of it. I didn't have a plan. It's good fortune and generosity from other people that have given me all I have today.
It's a time to reflect and appreciate all the contributions that others have made to my career and my life. My vision is nothing that hasn't been gleaned or understood from watching and working with so many people I admire before me.
Even if I had nothing to do with the Canada Council, I'd be praying for it.
Talent will only take you so far, and it is your ability to feel the music and explore a movement that will bring you the greatest pleasure in dance.
Know that there is so much more to you than your body. It's not just about perfecting the steps; you must trust your instincts to tell deep, emotional stories through the steps that you are performing.
To be able to make decisions and see them come to fruition and feel the excitement around them, what it generates within the company, how the artists get motivated – that's the most rewarding part; feeling I can be a catalyst for an artistic experience for our artists and for the public.
Like everyone else, I want to go on dancing forever, but I know the day is going to come when I will have to be doing something else.
It's a different era. Our job now is to show leadership and vision and to help the next generation of artists.
We have a renewed energy and vigor in our supporters and we are no longer so frightened about the future.
What's a dancer's worst enemy? Sometimes it's age, but sometimes it's the dancer themselves.
Surround yourself with people who provide you with support and love and remember to give back as much as you can in return.
You're terrified that nothing will ever give you the fulfillment that dancing has given you.