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You’ve gone from Clara to Sugar Plum
in one place. What made that possible?
I was lucky to grow up here, in a school
that fed directly into a company, so as
a child I could visualize exactly what I
wanted. I think my career is due in part
to being aware of how lucky I am, being
grateful for it and preserving it.
What does it mean to be a “ballerina” in
a non-ranked company?
It means you do it all. The last time we did
Romeo and Juliet I was a harlot, and it was
so much fun. If we did the same thing all the
time it wouldn’t be as stimulating or exciting.
What do you do during summer layoffs?
I dance other places: the National
Choreographers Initiative, Jessica Lang
Dance and Gina Patterson’s VOICE Dance
Company. Last summer I worked with
Pacific Arts Society. I always glean new
things that I can bring home with me.
Where does your work ethic
I’ve always been surrounded by
people who put in the effort. My
dad’s a musician, my mom is a
teacher, and both are very com-
mitted to what they do.
You recently broke your foot.
What did you learn from the
It changed the way I think
about how different parts of
my body work together to create
movement. It’s frustrating not to be able
to do what you used to do, and it’s difficult to discipline yourself not to do more
than you can. But there is a lot of value
to rehearsing in a way that focuses on
different aspects of your physicality, your
artistry and how you challenge space.
What’s your favorite ballet movie?
Well, if you’re speaking to middle school
me, it’s Center Stage!
You spent a year at NYU Tisch School of
the Arts. Why did you leave?
After my apprenticeship at Richmond
Ballet, I was offered a company spot. But
my mom really wanted me to go to school.
So I gave it my best shot, and then decided
I’d rather go back on the professional
track. I’m so excited, though—I just gradu-
ated from the LEAP program! It was really
important to me to finish my degree.
What advice would you give aspiring
Find what you love about dancing, identify
it, nurture it. Throughout your training
or career you always want to be able to
return to what brought you there in the
first place. P
Richmond Ballet’s Maggie Small balances
the familiar with new experiences.
By Natalia Boesch
72 POINTE October/November2017 pointemagazine.com