As part of our 40th Anniversary Celebration, we are doing #FlashbackFriday in May, a 5-part series where we release a spring ballet from our past every Friday in May at 7pm mountain time on our YouTube Channel! We are also featuring a company dancer profile in celebration. This week, meet Cara Doyle!
If ballet chose you, as many dancers say it did, what is it that has made you stick with it?
Ballet didn’t choose me actually. I had so much energy as a child, that my Mom needed to find an outlet for me. I wanted to be a gymnast or a cheerleader, but my Mom told me she’d rather deal with me potentially “breaking a leg dancing” vs. breaking my neck tumbling. I guess this is why I have always been a bouncy dancer! I stuck with ballet because CCB became my family from the day I walked in the door as a teenager. I love that I am part of a special legacy at CCB that allows me the opportunity to perform onstage next to my children.
Who would you most like to dance with & what would you dance?
I would love to dance with my former teacher, Fernando Schaffenburg, in his adaptation of Balanchine’s “Tarantella.” I would also love to be the Madame in MacMillan’s “Manon.”What are you looking forward to dancing in 2020/21? Our Spring storybook ballet performances always bring some of my favorite roles, so I look forward to dancing in that show. I am also looking forward to helping the costuming dept. more with hair and makeup for the 2020/21 season.
Who inspired you to dance?
Paloma Herrera has always been an inspiration to me as a strong dancer and Alessandra Ferri inspires me to keep on dancing.
Which role has tested you the most & how?
Randy Wray’s “Passing Fancies,” Modern Couple. It wasn’t hard choreography per say, but it challenged me by opening my eyes to a whole new world of dance that wasn’t ballet. It pushed me out of my box and made me a much stronger and more well rounded dancer.
Describe yourself in just three words.
Effervescent, Creative, Sassy