This week we meet dancer Rachel Meyer who returns for her fourth season with Ballet BC.
Meet Rachel Meyer
Rachel grew up in Collinsville, Illinois, trained with St. Louis Ballet and received her BFA at the University of Utah. She trained at the Northwest Professional Dance Project and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, danced with Utah Regional Ballet and was a guest artist with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. From 2009-11, Rachel was a member of Dominic Walsh Dance Theater where she danced works by Dominic Walsh, Mauro Bigonzetti, Vaclav Kunès, Jiří Kylián, and Mats Ek. She was awarded a Princess Grace Award in 2010. In 2011, she danced at the Tate Modern in London with the Michael Clark Company. With Ballet BC, she has performed works by Emily Molnar, José Navas, Simone Orlando, Walter Matteini, Johan Inger, Robert Glumbek, William Forsythe, Nicolo Fonte, Jacopo Godani, Medhi Walerski and Aszure Barton.
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20 Questions with Rachel Meyer
1. Your first job.
Working at Noodles and Company in Salt Lake City … for a month.
2. The job you always wanted as a child.
Ballerina, or having a show on National Geographic with my brother where we would travel all over the world looking at reptiles and insects.
3. Your pet peeve.
People who are quick to judge or are disrespectful.
4. Your hero.
My parents and my teachers.
5. Your biggest indulgence.
Buying a gorgeous vintage dress or hat.
6. One thing no one knows about you (and you’re willing to share).
I am almost constantly moving my toes, even when resting.
7. Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
My boyfriend, my guitar, and my Kindle full of books.
8. The one word your best friend would use to describe you.
9. If you were not a dancer what would you be doing right now?
Traveling the world.
10. Hero or villain.
Hero … things never turn out very well for the villain in the end.
11. Your life’s motto/mantra.
Everything happens for a reason.
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 fresh blueberries and peaches.
15. What will it say on your grave marker?
16. Who would you most like to have dinner with?
Jiri Kylian and Mats Ek … or Patrick Swayze.
17. Your idea of happiness.
A sunny day somewhere beautiful with the people I love.
18. If you could go back in time, what would you tell your twenty year old self?
Let go a bit and don’t let being a perfectionist make you question yourself.
19. The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.
That I have always followed my dreams.
20. Pirouette or fouette?
Pirouette … let the world spin!