It is our pleasure to introduce and welcome Company Apprentice Torie Arrington to the Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts administrative staff! Torie will be taking on the position of School Administrative Assistant for the 2015-2016 school year and has also started working at the Front Desk on some evenings. Torie is originally from Texas and is entering her second performing season with the professional company.
Getting to Know Torie
What was Torie doing before she came to Ballet 5:8? She began her training at Ballet Academy of Texas under the direction of Lisa Slagle. When she was a junior in high school, she moved to Portland to train with John Magnus at Portland Festival Ballet. Torie performed various leading roles in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, and Raymonda. Over the years, Torie has spent her summers at Orlando Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Montgomery Ballet, and she was a company member with Avant Chamber Ballet for the 2013-2014 season.
Torie's spring season interview was just published on the Ballet 5:8 blog...here is what she had to say!
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT THIS SEASON?
My favorite moment of this season was our tour to Valparaiso, Indiana! There was the cutest group of young dancers who performed before we did The Story of Job. As we were taking down our "theater in a box", a couple of the little girls ran around passing out cups of lemonade to all of us! They were just the sweetest!
WHICH BALLET CHALLENGED YOU THE MOST THIS SEASON? WHY?
The Four Seasons of the Soul challenged me the most! First of all, it was physically demanding. My stamina was definitely pushed to the max. It was also very emotionally challenging. The process of choreographing Seasons sparked a time of spiritual growth for me.
WHICH HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE BALLET TO PERFORM THIS SEASON? WHY?
Belteshazzar was by far my favorite ballet to perform this season! I absolutely love the story of Daniel and the example of extreme faith that it gives. I also loved it because it pushed me out of my comfort zone. I am normally cast in roles that are kind and gentle, but in Belteshazzar I was able to explore what it's like to be an antagonistic character. It was the most fun I have had dancing to date.
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE CHANGED THIS YEAR? HOW?
This season was definitely a time of growth for me. God has greatly revealed more about Himself (specifically through our study of the book of Daniel) and my faith was tested and continually increased! I also feel like I have grown as a dancer. I have been pushed to a place that I didn't know was physically possible for me. I am excited to see what happens next.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO ABOUT THIS SUMMER?
I am looking forward to performing in interesting venues! I think I am most excited about performing in the Harold Washington Library. It will make an incredibly unique theater.
This will be my first year to be a part of the summer intensive and I am so excited to see what it is all about.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO ABOUT NEXT SEASON?
I am looking forward to touring to new places this next season! I am excited to push myself to new heights, both in my faith and in my dancing.
WHAT ARE YOU UP TO DURING SUMMER LAYOFF?
During the summer layoff, I have spent most of my days at Gunter Elementary School volunteering with the Kindergarten class. It is extremely fulfilling to be given the opportunity to help mold little hearts!! They bring a lot of joy into my life. I have also been teaching Piyo at Get Fit Gunter, and taking ballet classes to stay in dancing shape.