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.