Meet the Tulsa Ballet II Dancers: No. 2

Aug 21, 2013 in Blog Posts


MEET TULSA BALLET II DANCERS: No. 2
Mason Anders, Julian Duque, Lindsay Karchin

We recently were able to sit down with some of our TBII dancers and talk about their lives. Check back next week for a new installment in Meet Tulsa Ballet II Dancers!


WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUNG DANCERS?


Mason: I would tell them to really work each day and think of it as a completely new day. Because I feel like there are days that are rough days that I have slacked off and that’s a day lost, a day that I can never have back. So, every day, no matter what kind of mood you’re in, leave it all behind when you’re in the classroom and really work as 100% as you can.

Lindsay: I think the most important piece of advice for young dancers is to maintain a strong work ethic. Especially when you join a main company (if you’re lucky enough to join a company) and you’re in the company atmosphere; it’s a lot different than a school atmosphere. And you really have to work to maintain your technique. And that requires a lot of dedication and a strong work ethic.

WHAT DOES YOUR ACADEMIC LIFE LOOK LIKE AS A DANCER?


Julian: Well, when I graduated high school, I still didn’t know what to do, and I didn’t have the time or money to go to college not knowing what I wanted to do. So when I found dance I was like “let me do this!” I miss learning - I love math and I love science and I love languages, so I do want to go back to college and get a degree in something. I don’t know when, and I’m not exactly sure for what, but I do plan on doing that in the future.

Lindsay: I joined ABT Studio Company when I was 15, and I needed to finish my schooling a couple of years early (I graduated two years early). So I decided to do private tutoring, which is one-on-one schooling. I would have a day [of dancing] from about 9am-6pm and then I would do tutoring from about 7-10pm. I worked through Christmas Breaks, Spring Breaks and summers, which is how I pushed through to graduate two years early.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ACTIVITY?

Mason: My favorite activity, hmm… I have a bunch actually. Some are baking and cooking; I’ve picked up that habit (or is it hobby) the last two years, and I’ve really gotten into it. Baking especially, - I love making cookies. And over a year now, I’ve been teaching myself piano. I took lessons when I was younger and I never really practiced because I hated it. Then two years ago, I picked it back up because there was a piano in my dorm and I kinda fell in love with it. I practice almost every day now.

Lindsay:
My favorite activity is reading. I found that it’s a really nice way to put me in the right mindset for the day – just to get ready to concentrate for the rest of class. And I also like to read at night to escape from the stress of everything and it’s very soothing for me. I like to read all kinds of books. Right now I’m reading “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green.

Julian:
I have fun doing anything – watching a movie or whatever. But really, I just love being with friends and my family. I’m a big people person and I love talking with people and making people laugh.

WHAT DO YOU FIND YOU HAVE TO WORK AT THE HARDEST ON A DAILY BASIS?

Lindsay: The most important thing for me to work on throughout the day is keeping myself warmed up between rehearsals. Even if it’s just a half an hour break or an hour, it’s really important to do barre [exercises] before each rehearsal and make sure I’m warm so I stay healthy and don’t get injured.

Mason: Well, getting out of bed is always difficult! I find that actually focusing is one of the things that I have to focus on! That and I find that I have problems with self-confidence issues and I think it’s common in the dance world and in the arts world in general. But you have to let it go and tell yourself that it’s good and everything will be okay.

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