Ever wondered what our Houston Ballet company dancers do over the summer? Well, we asked our dancers what they did over the summer and what they are looking forward to the most in the 2012-2013 season. Read about our last summer diary entry from First Soloist Kelly Myernick!
Hello ballet friends. HB has asked me to tell you about my summer. This was my absolute best summer yet. I got married! My husband is Kyle Kubin. He is an actual native Texan from the non-dancing realm. We met almost 3 years ago when mutual friends of ours invited me to Kyle’s “Lights in the Heights” party after a Nutcracker show. If you live in the Heights, Kyle’s the guy who wins “Most Wattage” every year. Kyle felt like my home immediately. Last October he surprised me and took me out to Point Reyes, CA for the weekend. The real surprise was that he proposed, I said “yes”, and we decided to bring our families back there for a wedding in the summer.
I never considered myself a big wedding person and was definitely begging Kyle to just elope sometime during Cinderella. I am so glad that we had the wedding when we did because it was so special to have all of the people we love in one place. Beth Everitt, the amazing new teacher of our youngest students and my best friend since our own academy days was my maid of honor. Oliver Halkowich, Jessica Collado, Mireille Hassenboehler, Amy Fote, and Nic Leschke all made the trip out as well and made a very impressive showing on the dance floor. We had the most unforgettable night. My friends who originally convinced me to go to Kyle’s xmas party wrote us a funny song for their toast, the last line being, “. . . now my dream has come true. . . and I’m Mr. Most Wattage’s Wife!”
We went to Bali for our honeymoon so we could lie on a beach for a while but also have a bit of a cultural adventure. One of our board members, Melza Barr has lived in Indonesia and she and her family were very helpful in steering us in the right direction. The Balinese people make everything so incredibly beautiful and sacred. We snorkeled and rode bikes from a volcano down through villages and rice fields. People struggle not to use the word “magical” when they describe Bali and we completely understand why.
Poor Aszure Barton. Needless to say I’m still a little unfocused in her rehearsal after that kind of summer but I’ll get back to into it. We have come back to incredibly challenging but rewarding work with Aszure, Twyla Tharp and the drama of Madame Butterfly. I think I am most excited about playing the role of Suzuki opposite Mireille (Cio-Cio San). I think the “One Fine Day” scene at the beginning of Act 2 is one of the most beautiful and dramatic in our repertoire, and I am so excited to finally dance it.
This was a memorable summer and this is shaping up to be a very memorable year. Welcome back!
-First Soloist, Kelly Myernick
Our 2012-2013 season is here! Check out our first program of the season – Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly from September 6-16, 2012. See Kelly Myernick perform the role of Suzuki in the love story of Madame Butterfly.
P.S. Make sure you mark on your calendars our second program called Women@Art from September 20-30, 2012. Three of the world’s leading female choreographers take Houston Ballet on a spectacular odyssey of dance with a fall repertory program unlike any other. Featuring a world premiere Angular Momentum by Aszure Barton, the company premiere of Twyla Tharp’s The Brahms-Haydn Variations, and the return of Julia Adam’s Ketubah.
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