Ballet Beauty

August 27, 2011
Rogue Ballerina
Vicki Crain

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In honor of the Joffrey Ballet dancers going back to work yesterday (after reaching an agreement through AGMA with the management – yes!), here is a cute little Q&A with ballerina April Daly.

In her eighth season of what has turned out to be her dream job with the Joffrey Ballet, April Daly finds herself in a really good place.  The 29-year-old Lincoln Square resident, when not on stage eliciting thunderous applause for her artistic talents, might be seen rooting on the Cubs or devouring a steak at Tango Sur.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

I’m an OCD shower-taker.  I’m really superstitious.  I blame my mother.  Before a show, a hot shower before warm up and I feel like it’s a brand new day.

Do you still get nervous?

Yes.  I think nerves are a great thing.  They’re kind of inevitable.  If one day I don’t get nervous, I’ll be scared.  It gives you the adrenaline.  I try to make sure it stays in the wings and it never comes on stage with me, because it takes all the fun out of it.

Personality-wise, would you be a white swan or black swan?

I think I might be more on the black swan side, but not in an evil way.  I’m pretty outgoing and feisty.

Growing up, were you a tomboy or a girlie girl?

A total girlie girl – I still am.  I don’t own tennis shoes. I have to be in heels at all times.  After rehearsals, I refuse to be in flats.  I can do a flip flop in the summer, but I’m in heels 99% of the time.

Most people think dancers don’t ever eat.  What’s you favorite ice cream flavor?

Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake.

What would be your last meal?

An amazing steak and definitely a big glass of wine.  I love food!  I’m a huge foodie.  I’m not that stereotypical ballerina.  If I had to be on a diet all the time, I would find another job, because I love food too much.