“I never imagined 25 years ago, when I attended my first summer course at PNB School, that I would go on to have such a rewarding career with this great company. I knew that I truly loved PNB and feel immensely fortunate that Kent and Francia took a chance on a very flexible, and somewhat uncoordinated, young dancer. I am beyond grateful for all of the love and commitment they put into nurturing the dancer I would become. I am also extraordinarily appreciative to Peter for the countless and diverse opportunities he has gifted me. You have all helped me to fulfill my dreams in ways I never realized were possible.
I am blessed to have parents who encouraged me to pursue my dream of becoming a professional dancer and helped me move to Seattle at the age of 17 to train at PNB School. Thank you to my mom, dad, and sister who have always been there to cheer me on and help pick me up when things were tough.
I have spent my entire adult life at PNB, which has become in some ways my home and family. I have made lifelong friends and most importantly met and married my soulmate. It has been such a gift to share this beautiful career dancing with Bold [former PNB principal Batkhurel Bold], my biggest cheerleader. I look forward to all the years ahead dancing through life together.
To my colleagues past and present, I have the utmost respect and admiration for you and feel blessed by the incredible partnerships I have shared over the years. To my most consistent partner, [PNB physical therapist] Boyd Bender, thank you. I would never have had the longevity or success in my career without your brilliant dedication to your craft and your unwavering care and support.
There are far too many people to thank for all of the contributions they have made to allow me the success that I have had at PNB. To the audience, subscribers, donors, rehearsal directors, school faculty, administration, PR, marketing, costume, wardrobe, production, stage crew and managers, musicians, and everyone else that makes PNB the incredible place that it is, thank you. It has been the pleasure of my life to share my passion with you all.”