Interview: Lydia Fedor
Q. How old are you, where are you from, and how long have you been dancing?
A: I am 18 years old. I’m from Cleveland, Ohio and I have been dancing for 14 ½ years.
Q. Are you doing a Nutcracker or other Christmas ballet this year? What role(s)?
A. Yes, the company that I am in puts on the Nutcracker every year. This year I was in China, Snow and a soloist in Spain and Waltz of the Flowers.
Q. How did you find out about Ballet 5:8, and what led you to decide to audition for the 2014 intensive?
I discovered Ballet 5:8 while researching other ballet companies. I was looking at Soli Deo Gloria in Michigan and saw that one of their dancers came from Ballet 5:8, which I had never heard of before, and being intrigued about another Christian company I looked it up. Their intensive sounded really good: technically sound, Christ-focused and well established. The dates fitted with my schedule and I loved the thought of being in Chicago. I wanted to learn and grow more in my dancing and in my faith and this sounded like a good safe place to do so. I was excited about a new adventure and going into it without knowing anyone (and it turned out to be one of the best things I’ve known.).
Q. What did you gain from your experience at the intensive, technically? How about spiritually?
A. I gained a lot more knowledge about technicality. The teachers helped me with my port-de-bras and my turnout. They gave me exercises and tips to think about and worded things differently that I wasn’t used to which was very helpful. These constant reminders everyday (among many other things) helped me to improve. I don’t even know where to start spiritually! God did an abundant amount of work in me through the intensive. The worship and devotions were always encouraging and full of wisdom. God helped me to submit even more to Him and He shed light on the dark areas of my life. What I loved was that even though I was there for dance and the teachers were passionate about that, God always came first and if I had something I needed to talk about they would gladly take time away from dance to help me. Creative worship was amazing to!
Q. What was your favorite aspect of the intensive?
I think meeting all the dancers and staff combined with their focus on God and dance together was incredible! One of my absolute favorites, though, was staying with my host family and the other two dancers they hosted as well…I have some of the fondest memories from my stay with them!
Q. Based on your experience, what advice would you give a dancer considering Ballet 5:8’s 2015 intensive?
A. I would truly recommend this intensive to anyone…you will not regret going! I was stretched more than I ever have been before in dance and I can’t even say how honorably the name of Jesus is lifted up in that place. He worked wonderfully through the intensive and His power was certainly in it. It truly could be one of the best things you’ll remember. Be prepared to grow in all areas of life and in stamina!