about the expat ballerina

(Back when Atlanta Ballet toured to China in 2014. This is us at the Great Wall where it was about negative all the degrees. I’m the one in the funny hat).

Welcome to expat ballerina!

What’s an expat ballerina you say?

The ballerina part is probably obvious. I do this for a living:

It’s a weird job.

I started dancing when I was four and danced for ten years with Atlanta Ballet in the United States. I was lucky to work with some of the most beautiful, talented and fun people in the business, perform amazing rep and even do a few international tours. Now it’s time for the next grand adventure!

This is where the expat part comes in. 

It’s been my lifelong dream to dance in Europe so in August 2017 I packed up my pointe shoes and moved to France to dance with Le Ballet de l’Opéra national du Rhin- whew that’s a mouthful! Leaving a company I loved was not easy. Nor was leaving behind my friends, boyfriend, dog, hierarchical standing within my company, Mexican restaurants, and the English language. (This list can go on and on).

But wanderlust and the lure of Europe was too strong. It was time to dance in grand opera houses. Live in the land that gave birth to classical ballet. Discover if Europe really does value the arts more than America. Have access to new and different choreographers. Learn a new way of working. See who I am when I am outside the comfort zone I’ve been in my whole life. Eat a lot of croissants. Yeah that too.

So I became an expatriate– that is, someone who lives outside their home country. I don’t know if it will be for one year or ten but I am going to try to make the most of it, following in the footsteps of the many artists who found their inspiration off-shore from their native land.

expat ballerina is where I will share all the adventures and travels I have in my new country and beyond. I will also document my challenges and progress as I navigate a new language, culture and company! Life’s an adventure- thanks for coming along with mine!

Top: Arches National Park, Utah Bottom: Culebra, Puerto Rico

Burning question for the expat ballerina? Want to see a post about something specific? Shoot me a message at me@expatballerina.com and I’ll try to get back to you!