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
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.
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