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 Cassie Quinn!
If ballet chose you, as many dancers say it did, what is it that has made you stick with it?
I think that the challenge of ballet is what has made me stick with it. There is something addicting about striving to achieve something that is essentially unachievable. I think every dancer has those moments that feel like flying, and the feeling I get in those moments is indescribable.
Who would you most like to dance with & what would you dance?
I would love to dance Aurora in “Sleeping Beauty” or “Giselle,” but those are of course big dreams. 🙂 Probably with David Hallberg or James Whiteside.
What are you looking forward to dancing in 2020/21?
I’m not sure what our 2020/21 season will look like, but I always look forward to “The Nutcracker” because of the sense of tradition. I feel that no matter how many times you do it, there is always something new to discover, and there is always a sense of magic to be found in this ballet.
Who inspired you to dance?
My mom was the one who first inspired me to dance, and she was the one who put me in ballet when I was 11. In addition, my teachers and friends inspire me each and every day to push myself and are a constant reminder to find passion in all of the hard work.
Which role has tested you the most & how?
The role of Clara in “The Nutcracker” tested me a lot in terms of the emotional/acting side of ballet. However, last year I was an eel in “The Little Mermaid,” and that was also challenging because I had to tap into a very animalistic side of myself that is quite different from my usual personality.
Describe yourself in just three words.
Quiet, passionate, and joyful.