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Q) A number of your siblings are dancers. Is that what inspired you to be a dancer?
A) We all kind of started at the same time. I think our teachers kind of inspired that. I didn't really think about it as a career until I started taking more classes. We had teachers that used to principle dancers at Pacific Northwest Ballet and they took it to the next level for us. I think that's when we started thinking about doing it for a career.
Q) What was it about Ballet West that made you want to be a part of the company?
A) The fact they offered me a job was pretty good in my mind! I had heard it was a tall company and I had already had some friends out there. Also, I just kind of felt like traveling at the time. I was living in Seattle when I got the job and I didn't really want to stay there any longer. I figured if I wanted to do this for a living I had to make a move.
Q) You dance at Ballet West with your brother Ronald. What is it like when you and Ronald have to compete for principle roles?
A) Well, that hasn't happened yet. He just joined the main company. So, he'll probably have to go through the same process that I did to get principle roles. You have to start out in the core and hopefully get your shot at doing a lead role. That happened pretty early on for me just because of injuries. During one of my first seasons, our two principles got injured and I was understudying the part. Adam [Sklute] decided to throw me into the lead role because they literally had no other guys learning the ballet. That was my chance to do it! For Ronald, I can see that he is already starting to learn things. I've seen his schedule for next year and he's already been cast in things. From what I know, it's not going to be that weird auditioning for the same roles because if he gets it is good for him and if I get it is good for me.
Q) How do you prepare mentally to get on stage and perform?
A) I try to get a good night's sleep. Other than that, I try to keep an open mind before going on stage. I don't want to psych myself out too much. I just want to let the time going up to performing be as smooth as possible and not really think about it right before I'm actually about to go on stage.
Q) Do you have any superstitious habits before performing?
A) I do have my schedule, I guess. Every night I do have a few beers so I can sleep. I don't take pain pills. It's something I don't like doing and I think beers will do the same thing. I definitely check up on NFL news so I can get my mind off of things.
Q) Who are you closest to in the cast of "Breaking Pointe?"
A) Obviously, I'm close to my brother. Other than that, I think Allison [DeBona] is my closest friend there. I also have another friend there named Alex MacFarlan who has been my friend for years.
Q) Was there any aspects of your life that you said were off-limits to the camera?
A) I remember, at one point, they wanted to get in on a meeting between Adam and I about my contract next season. I didn't really feel like having that on camera. That was probably the only time I said I didn't want the cameras following me. Other than that, the cameras were never really that intrusive.
Q) Do you feel the show has accurately portrayed your life at Ballet West?
A) For the most part! For the sake of TV we are filling certain stereotypes and roles. We've been fit into that. It's pretty accurate. It's not so detailed that I could say they got something wrong. They are getting most of it right.
Q) What is the status of your relationship with costar Allison?
A) Well, we are friends.
Q) What is the reaction you have been receiving to friends and family seeing you on television?
A) Some friends have come out of the woodworks saying, "Hey! I heard you're on TV!" Honestly, I feel like I forgot to mention the fact I was going to be on a TV show to pretty much everyone I knew (except for my family). They give me a call every time they watch an episode to let me know what they thought of it. Other than that, it's kind of a private affair.
Q) What were your favorite moments from filming "Breaking Pointe?"
A) I was really happy dancing on stage, doing a live performance with the production crew there. They put a lot of time and money in recording a few of the performances. Just from their talent and our talent combined they are going to make a really good product.
Q) What do you think it is about the show that has captured so many viewers?
A) There could be a few things. It seems like dance is a very popular thing to be on television shows these days. I don't blame them. It's a wonderful thing to watch and a beautiful visual art. I think people might be drawn in not just to see what it is like to be a professional ballet dancer, but I think the show might be interesting in the fact that it is showing people work on a day to day basis. It might be compared to "Deadliest Catch" or other reality shows that follow people at their jobs. It's interesting to see what people do on their day-to-day basis, but also the drama that comes with working in a company where there is politics involved and people not getting hired, rehired or promoted. It's all really interesting.
Q) What do you do in your spare time?
A) I like to write music and play video games. I like to go on short drives and walks. I like to hang out with my brother and Allison, usually.
Q) Where can people go online to learn more about you?
A) They can watch me perform at Ballet West! They can also go to Ballet West's website at http://www.balletwest.org. I have a picture on there, but I've been negligent to get my bio up, which is soon to come.
Q) You are a part of the social networking site Twitter. Why is it important for you to connect with fans this way?
A) It was suggested to me by a friend that getting to trend on Twitter about the show was an important thing, especially for spreading the word. Personally, I am not interested in social media, but I did want to do my part in advertising for the show and making sure I helped out in that regard.
Q) What would you like to say to everyone who is a fan of you and the show?
A) I love the fact that there are so many people tweeting us and actually asking questions about the show. Obviously, there are a lot of people who have their opinion about certain individuals on the show. I do really care and appreciate the people who are interested in the ballet work. Also, if they donate to Ballet West it would really help our company. It's always welcomed. The more people to donate the more we have the opportunities to perform. Our biggest goal is to have more performance weeks and more work weeks so we can get more of our product out there. I would like to let people know that if you make a $25 donation to Ballet West then you are entered into a raffle for an opportunity to do a Skype session with one of the dancers. It's not that much money to donate for the opportunity to help out a company and possibly talk to us on Skype. Go to the Ballet West website to make your donation!
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