Dancer Profile: Elysa Hotchkiss

Company Dancer Elysa Hotchkiss reveals a little about her past and present as she begins her third season with Kansas City Ballet.

Q: How did you become a dancer? When did you start dancing?

A: My mom first took me to a dance class at the age of 3 and I loved it. By the age of 4 I knew I wanted to focus on ballet.

Q: What is something most people wouldn’t know about you?

KCB Dancer Elysa Hotchkiss and Company Dancers in The Sleeping Beauty rehearsals last season. Photography: Elizabeth Stehling.

A: I enjoy going on road trips with my husband. Whether it be 5,700 miles or a small weekend trip outside the city.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a dancer?

A: The escape from reality and the freedom of leaving it all at the door when you come in the studio or perform on the stage.

Q: Do you have a personal mantra?

A: To live life with kindness and to its fullest.

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