Esther gowin

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get to know the dancer

1. What do you like to do outside of dance (hobbies, interests, etc.)?

Other than ballet, I enjoy working out, hiking, and attending the University of Arkansas.

2. What is your favorite role that you have performed? Have not performed?

My favorite role was an excerpt from Swan Lake as Odette. I have always been in love with Sugar Plum’s Pas de Deux and hope to perform it someday.

3. What are some of your indulgences?

One of my favorite indulgences is binge-watching a good tv show with tons of snacks.

4. Do you have any pre-performance rituals?

Before a performance, I like to go through a yoga flow while listening to some of my favorite songs from ballets.

5. If you weren’t a dancer, what would you be?

If I wasn’t a dancer, I would want to be a journalist working for an international organization that helps people.

6. Do you remember the first ballet you ever saw? What was it and how did it affect you?

The first professional ballet I saw was Cinderella at the John F. Kennedy Center in DC for my 16th birthday. I laughed and cried and was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

7. How do you spend your summer breaks?

During my summer breaks, I work and save money for college. In my free time, I’m either at the gym or on the lake soaking up sun.

8. If I could visit any country in the world it would be….

I’ve always wanted to visit Japan. The country and culture are beautiful and I’d like to learn a little of the Japanese language.

9. What does Northwest Arkansas mean to you? Why is it special?

I was born and raised in NWA, so to me, NWA is home. I’m grateful to be able to live somewhere that feels so comfortable, yet is filled with so many opportunities.

10. What are three things people might not know about you?

I did not even know ballet existed until I was 10 when my mom enrolled me in a class.

I’m currently learning how to speak Spanish and American Sign Language.

I can play the piano and the ukulele.


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