Lilla Kate Parkman
ADT Member since 2017, received scholarship and attended Metropolitan Ballet Theatre 2019, ACES Honorable Mention in Dance 2017, ACES First place in Dance 2020, accepted to American Ballet Theatre Summer intensive 2020.
In their own words...
How did your passion for dance begin?
I have been dancing since I was around 6 years old. At first I was just doing it because every little girl dreams of being a ballerina one day. I started to take dance more and more seriously. When I was in fifth grade I started ballet at Alabama dance theatre. That is when my love for dance began. I began to work and set goals, an then achieving them. I love being able to feel the music going through my body. I also love that I am different. Not everyone can be a ballet dancer.
Why did you choose to pursued your dance studies at the Alabama Dance Theatre?
At first it was because my sister had danced there when she was little. I believe that ADT has the best training in Montgomery. After I was here for a few months I began to notice how close everyone was. Coming to Alabama dance theatre was one of the best decisions I have made. We are like a whole big family. We have laughed together and cried together. I have made some of the best memories at Alabama Dance Theatre.
What pointe shoes do you prefer?
I prefer Bloch Heritage. I like softer shoes. I like a soft shank and a hard box. I also do not like brand new shoes because they are very hard. I like my shoes when they are almost dead.
Which choreographers inspire you?
I am inspired by George Balanchine because he created ballets that were very unique. He was not afraid to go outside the box.
What are some of you favorite roles of all time and why?
My all time favorite roles are Roses in Beauty and the Beast. I loved the music and the choreography. I also loved being a Vampire in Dracula. My favorite was the school show because when we came up out of the voms everyone started screaming. It was so much fun.
What is your dream role?
Probably Mina in Dracula, or Kitri in Don Quixote because I love the pas de duex and the fouettés at the end of Act III, or Sugarplum Fairy from The Nutcracker because I love that pas de deux also.