This week we meet Ballet BC dancer Kirsten Wicklund.
Meet Kirsten Wicklund
Vancouver-born Kirsten studied at Goh Ballet Academy under Choo Chiat and Lin Yee Goh. She toured China with Canada’s Youth Ballet Company, performing principal roles in Giselle, Don Quixote and other classics. Kirsten received scholarships at American Ballet Theatre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Boston Ballet, PNB, and Washington Ballet as well as a Vancouver Foundation Arts Study Award and the Vancouver Ballet Society’s Memorial Scholarship. In 2007, she won an artistry award at the Youth America Grand Prix in NY and was the only Canadian in the Top 12 Women. She has danced with Washington Ballet, participated in Alonzo King’s choreographic workshop, created works for Dances for a Small Stage and collaborated with LUNGE Dance Collective. Most recently, she toured with Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet, dancing the principal female role for the company of male ballet stars.
Visit http://balletbc.com for more information on the Ballet BC 2014/2015 season.
20 Questions with Kirsten Wicklund
1. Your first job.
2. The job you always wanted as a child.
To be a lawyer.
3. Your pet peeve.
4. Your hero.
5. Your biggest indulgence.
6. One thing no one knows about you (and you’re willing to share).
I am a yoga instructor.
7. Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
Wine, dark chocolate and a good book.
8. The one word your best friend would use to describe you.
9. If you were not a performer what would you be doing right now?
Something in the arts involving creativity.
10. Hero or villain.
11. Your life’s motto/mantra.
Be here now.
12. Your favourite kind of dance (classical or contemporary).
13. The last movie you watched.
14. If you were a breakfast cereal what breakfast cereal would you be?
Granola with lots of kinds of nuts and seeds in it.
15. What will it say on your grave marker?
Hopefully nice things.
16. Who would you most like to have dinner with?
17. Your idea of happiness.
A home cooked meal with my loved ones.
18. If you could go back in time, what would you tell your twenty year old self?
To take time to relax.
19. The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.
My work ethic and hunger for knowledge.
20. Pirouette or fouette?