Behind the scenes at Rogue Ballerina – aka who, what, when, where, why?
Who: My real name is Vicki Crain. I’m a freelance writer, mainly arts and culture, in Chicago and a former dancer and dance teacher. I danced with a semi-professional regional ballet company in Central Illinois for over ten years (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, The Nutcracker…the usual), where I also taught at the affiliated dance school while finishing up college (B.A. in English). After moving to Chicago, I danced for a season with Zephyr Dance and did freelance work, including six years dancing and touring with a Chicago-based production company. I’ve worked with a range of choreographers including Randy Duncan, James Kelly, Jan Erkert and Dame Libby Komaiko. My age is irrelevant except for the times when I’m getting out of bed and need to use my dog Giselle’s steps for help.
What: Rogue Ballerina is a blog highlighting – via interviews and firsthand experience – dancers, choreographers, artistic directors, upcoming performance previews, the occasional review and anything dance-related I come across that’s interesting.
When: Ruminations by a Rogue Ballerina started in September 2009. From here on I will blog now, then, sometime in between, whenever I can, soon, continually…and such, et al, also.
Where: I write Rogue Ballerina mainly in Chicago, sometimes at an architectural retreat in Racine, WI (Hi Josh!), occasionally at my parents’ house in Forsyth, IL, once in a while at Starbucks, on my iBook/laptop, at my desk, at the kitchen counter, or on my bed, while watching tv, hopefully with a glass of wine, usually being stared at by my dog who can’t possibly understand why I’d rather be typing and not constantly rubbing her pink, freckled belly.
Why: I started Rogue Ballerina after receiving an assignment to interview choreographer Lar Lubovitch for CS Magazine. Most of the interesting parts of the interview, in my opinion, didn’t make it into the published article, so…here we are two years, 200 posts and over 34,000 hits later. Yee Haw!
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