Today we’d like to introduce you to Abby Callahan.
Abby, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I grew up as a competition dancer, and not particularly fond of ballet. In fact, I found it kind of boring, but I did always love pointe shoes. So much so, that I would take plastic cups from Starbucks and draw a picture of a pointe shoe on the front of them. At age 14 I saw a video of a famous ballerina (Sylvie Guillem) doing a Kitri Variation from Don Quixote. It was absolutely amazing, and I was completely enthralled. I had no idea ballet could be like that. I then decided I wanted to try to become a professional ballerina. I switched to a ballet driven studio, and with a lot of hard work and determination, I ended up getting accepted and training in my dream ballet school (Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, WA) in their professional division program for two years. Upon completion of their program, I got my first job here at Los Angeles Ballet.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Dancing ballet is such a special form of art. Our job as dancers is to tell a story, but without words. This can be hard to do sometimes, but the music helps carry the story just as much as our steps do. Often times I like to draw from what has happened to me personally (if suitable). I find that it makes the character more real. I also feel so lucky I get to share something I love to do so much with so many. I hope that whoever comes and sees a performance; they are able to truly enjoy themselves and forget about the stress of life for a couple of hours! If you leave a show feeling more inspired, and a little happier, then I’ve done my job well! 🙂
Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
My advice for other artists is to work hard and stay positive. Life is not going to go how you want it to, people are going to be rude, and you won’t always get the part you could very well deserve. It’s what you do in the trying times- instead of thinking that you’ve failed, you have to see it as a chance for new growth. I have learned that with a positive attitude you can get through anything!
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can find out more about performance dates, times, and places through my Instagram @Bunhead1027.
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Art In Motion Photo, and Reed Hutchinson