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Dancers are so multi-talented; seeing the ways in which their talents manifest is a delicious thing indeed! This is the first of two installments about dancer-authored blogs I will be profiling on Dd. My intention is that by profiling these two blogs the dancer blogosphere can further integrate and cross-pollinate!  And yes, everything I write has a food reference.  My apologies…

I recently interviewed two lovely ladies and friends of mine, PBT Soloist Eva Trapp and corps de ballet member Caitlin Peabody, who, along with several other members of the company, have recently created and now oversee the official dancer blog of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, www.humanordancer.org.

 

The Editors hard at work in the PBT Physical Therapy room. Apparently the uniform for the job is drop dead gorgeousness + a scarf.

They’ve created the blog so that the audience can learn about the dancers on a more personal level. Their concept is that showcasing the “offstage” or more “human” side of dancers creates a richer viewing experience for consumers of dance. “I find that when I go to shows I tend to be more involved and entertained if I know or know about someone in the show” explains Trapp.

Though still in its infancy, the blog has already profiled a range of topics, including behind the scenes photos and videos from rehearsal and performance, weekend activities, and company-wide dancer polls by amateur statistician and PBT dancer Cooper Verona. Also featured are fun topics such as wine tasting notes from the de facto company sommelier, Principal Dancer Alexandra Kochis, wiz-in-the-kitchen Peabody’s cooking section featuring different recipes from our diverse group of dancers’ hometowns, and Playlist of the Week from music maven Trapp (whom I am always bugging for listening recommendations so this makes both of our lives easier).

I’m certainly impressed by their prolific output so far and look forward to seeing what’s to come. Check it out, give suggestions (comment here and I’ll pass along), join our community, celebrate the dancer as human!

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Written by Julia Erickson

Julia Erickson, originally from Seattle, is a Principal Dancer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Julia received her training on a scholarship with Pacific Northwest Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet School. She toured to Europe and Asia with PNB and danced with the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet (now Texas Ballet Theater) for two seasons, prior to joining PBT in 2001. Some of Julia’s favorite roles include Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, The Sylph in La Sylphide, Stompers in Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room, Lady Capulet in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette, and the leads in Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Agon, Prodigal Son and Serenade.

Julia is also the creator of Barre, a real food bar made by dancers for everyone. A lover of cooking and self-professed foodie, she’s thrilled to be able to combine her two major passions, ballet and food, in creating Barre. She’s constantly experimenting in the kitchen with that trusty Cuisinart to develop new dancer taste- and performance-tested formulas. In her free time she enjoys practicing yoga, Gyrotonic and Pilates, reading all her old New Yorker magazines that seem to pile up, farmers markets, listening to rap, bluegrass, and Arcade Fire (with the occasional secret sprinkle of Hall and Oats in there as well!), going on bike rides with her partner, Aaron Ingley, and watching The Wire. She is also a senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Political Science and Business. She wishes to thank her friends and family for their incredible love, support, and inspiration, and wishes to implore the citizens of Seattle to bring the Supersonics back to the Emerald City!