Lauren Post has been a dancer with American Ballet Theatre for thirteen years, dancing in productions such as Gisele and Swan Lake. We caught up with her in Brooklyn, where she gave us all the inside details on life in the ballet.
Q: What originally drew you to the ballet?
A: My mom was a ballet teacher, so I had no choice but to go to the ballet studio, and it turned out I really loved it. I was a very hyper child, so just getting to run around and jump and twirl was really fun to me. As I got older, I got to see professional companies performing on stage and I just fell in love with the art form and decided to make it a career.
Q: How would you style the Sacchetto Ballet Flat?
A: When I first saw these ballet flats, I immediately thought of Audrey Hepburn–those iconic images of her in the black cropped pants and sweater. I knew I wanted to use that for my styling inspiration.
Q: What’s one thing about the ballet that would surprise people?
A: One thing that often surprises people is how tight we are in the company, how everyone is actually best friends and very supportive. I think there’s this idea that ballet dancers are highly competitive and a little bit cutthroat and that’s not my experience at all.
Q: What are your tips for stage fright?
A: I think it’s something that never really goes away, but I have learned how to ease it. I think a lot of that is visualization, deep breathing, and just really feeling secure in what you’re about to do before going out.
Q: What’s the best advice you ever received?
A: My grandmother always says “Honey, just don’t let them see you sweat.” Which I think is her saying “No matter what, keep it cool.”
Q: What is your number one beauty tip?
A: I feel like a little blush goes a long way towards making me look alive.
Q: What’s in your ballet bag?
A: Ballet shoes, pointe shoes, hair pins, toe spaces, snacks, mints, and lipstick.
Q: Who is your favorite person to see in the audience?
A: My husband and my daughter.