385. On the Job with Emily Kikta, New York City Ballet Dancer


“The whole day revolved around dance. And that, to me, was the dream.”


“When I’m onstage,” Emily Kikta says, “no one can stop me.” Emily is living every aspiring ballerina’s dream: She’s a corps de ballet member at New York City Ballet, where she has been a member of the company for 10 years. On this episode, Emily talks about her road to a Center Stage-like life. She grew up competing with her local dance studio, and went on to attend the School of American Ballet, which is the feeder school for NYCB. She talks about getting a job in the company, about her first performance onstage, and about how she keeps the magic alive onstage every night. She also talks about the pandemic’s impact on the arts industry, and about how she and her fiancé (fellow NYCB member Peter Walker) turned to choreographing, directing, and producing during their forced time offstage. Plus, Emily talks about body image in the dance community, what a day in the life is like, and how she got into running during the pandemic.


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