Meet Kansas City Ballet KCB II Dancer, Samantha Huebner. She’s danced as a Trainee with Kansas City Ballet for two years. This year she’s moved up to KCB II.
Q: TELL US WHY YOU BeCAME A DANCEr.
A: I became a dancer at the age of 3 because my mom needed another way for me to get rid of some extra energy! But I think as I became older, I chose to continue to pursue becoming a dancer because I fell in love with the work it requires. I love the feeling when I work really hard on something and it finally pays off. And, of course, I love the feeling and fun that comes with being on stage!
Q: WHAT QUESTION DO YOU GET ASKED THE MOST AS A DANCER?
A: The question, or statement, I get most often is: “Oh, so you probably have to watch what you eat, huh?” I always laugh and say that just like any other athlete in the world, we need food to fuel our bodies so that we can work. If I didn’t eat, I couldn’t dance, let alone perform! I eat when I am hungry. If I have cravings then I guess that’s what I’m having for dinner!
Q: WHAT IS SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE WOULDN’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
A: I aspire to be a personal trainer when my ballet career comes to an end (hopefully far far in the future). I worked with a personal trainer this past summer and I fell in love with it all! She was so inspiring to me and I want to learn all I can from her and try to inspire others in the way she has inspired me.
Q: WHAT WAS THE BEST DANCING OR LIFE ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED AND WHY?
A: Your moods are contagious. Whenever you walk through the door of the studio, you have the chance to determine how you want people to respond to you. The energy you give off, is the energy that will come back to you. Moods are contagious. Bring positive energy into a room.
Q: HOW DO YOU STAY FIT AND HEALTHY OUTSIDE OF THE STUDIO?
A: Eat and sleep!! Those are so important in my eyes. If I don’t eat enough, I get really sleepy. If I don’t sleep enough, I get really irritable and cranky. I find that if I’m lacking in either one of these two things, my body starts shutting down in a way, physically and mentally as well. Of course I like to go to the gym and workout a bit but I have to eat and sleep or else I’d be a mess.
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