It can be hard to imagine life without—or just after—dance. Perhaps that's why we find it so fascinating to hear what our favorite dancers think they'd be doing if they weren't performing for a living.
We've been asking stars about the alternate career they'd like to try in our "Spotlight" Q&A series, and their answers—from the unexpected to the predictable—do not disappoint:
Dutch National Ballet's Michaela DePrince: Human Rights Lawyer
Martha Graham Dance Company's PeiJu Chien-Pott: Fashion Designer or Graphic Designer
The Washington Ballet's Ashley Murphy: Physical Therapist
B-girl and Choreographer Ephrat Asherie: Translator or Journalist
Miami City Ballet's Nathalia Arja: Actress or Anchorwoman
"I've always wanted to be an actress—comedy in particular is my thing. My friends could tell you more about that—I definitely like being the clown of the group! I also wanted to be a TV anchorwoman. I used to have my mother bring out her camera and record me as I presented the news."
Tap Dancer and Choreographer Caleb Teicher: Percussionist
"I'd love to be a pit or studio musician—still contributing to artistic collaborations but with a little less time spent in the spotlight. I started as a percussionist before I found tap dance, and I have dreams about returning to the piano/drum kit someday."
Pennsylvania Ballet's Sterling Baca: Arachnologist
"I've always had a passion for the natural sciences and wildlife, especially insects. I'd enjoy being an arachnologist, but at this point I see myself being a part of this wonderful art form for the rest of my life—with some spider searching on the side."
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Jamar Roberts: Graphic Designer or Animator
San Francisco Ballet's Sarah Van Patten: Outreach Director
"I'm a mom so I already have a second full-time job! I haven't decided exactly what I might do once I retire, but I have done some outreach in the past that I really enjoyed. I've taught dance in South Africa, organized a fundraiser for Children of Uganda and for the past 12 years organized Nutcracker hospital visits."