Emily Gordillo is a Seattle-based writer and former ballet dancer. She holds her Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Washington, and has been on the faculty of collegiate and professional dance programs. She danced with Ballet Foundation, Contemporary Ballet Dallas, and City Opera Ballet, and has been the School Supervisor of Pacific Northwest Ballet since 2015.
For many students, attending a summer intensive can offer the chance of a lifetime to focus exclusively on dance and experience the rigorous lifestyle of a pre-professional dancer. But with so many options and increasing competition, auditions can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, we gathered insider tips from three top summer program directors.
Lindsi Dec is one of the pillars of Pacific Northwest Ballet: From Balanchine to Wheeldon, her mastery of principal roles brings a dynamic spark, strength and expansive spirit to the stage. Last year in January, Dec took on the biggest role of her life when she and husband Karel Cruz (also a principal with PNB) welcomed their son, Koan Dec Cruz.
Now back on stage and rehearsing for PNB's first rep of the season, Dec spoke with Dance Magazine about the powerful ways that becoming a mother has influenced her dancing.