VAIL, Colorado - Learn more about the artists in town for the Vail International Dance Festival in our Dancer Spotlight profiles. Today we profile Carla Korbes of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Stay tuned for exclusive interviews and inside information on dancers, choreographers, musicians and more. Vail Daily: What are some of your favorite things about coming to Vail? Carla Korbes: I get to dance next to incredible dancers from all over the world. A lot of them are old friends from NYC and it is such a pleasure to see them all, including Damian! It is an opportunity to see what is going on in the dance world since Damian brings such a diverse group of dancers and dance forms to the festival. VD: What's it like to dance at 8,150 feet? CK: Like you are a fish out of water! I usually arrive in Vail one or two days before the show and it is not enough time to acclimate, but it is well worth it! VD: What is your pre-performance ritual? CK: For me, the hours before a show are very important. I like to get to the theater about two hours before the performance. I take my time putting on my makeup and doing my hair (about one hour) and I start to get into the mood of whatever ballet I am about to perform. I spend the next hour warming up and going over my choreography. Sometimes I like to listen to Brazilian music because it just puts me in a good mood and makes my body relax and I feel ready to dance.VD: What performance are you most excited to watch as a spectator of the Festival? If you could stay or come early to see ANY performance, which would it be? CK: These two weeks are so exciting I would have loved to have been able to come early and get to see everyone perform. I would have loved to have seen Savion Glover and also Miami City Ballet, and Wendy Whelan's UpClose performance, and see what Morphoses has created this year. I guess that is the entire festival! Since I am Brazilian, I am also looking forward to seeing the artists from DanceBrazil. VD: What book are you reading right now? CK: I just finished "The Shadow of the Wind" by Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I read it in Portuguese, my native tongue. It is such a wonderful and exciting book. I highly recommend it.VD: When you have time off, what do you like to do? CK: I just had seven weeks off and I pretty much danced the entire time! I went to Brazil to visit my family as well as to dance, and then to NYC to visit my friends and also to dance! But when I actually take time off, my favorite thing to do is visit the Big Island in Hawaii and spend time at the beach and go on hikes. VD: Has anything embarrassing ever happened to you onstage? CK: When I was an apprentice at New York City Ballet I had my worst moment ever on stage during Peter Martin's "Swan Lake." There is a row of white swans on one side of the stage and black swans on the other, both waiting to run out into the center. At a certain point in the music we are all supposed to run in together in a line and cross each other at center stage, one by one to create this dramatic moment. (One black swan, one white swan, one black swan and so on.) Well, I was the first black swan to run out of the wings and for some reason the first white swan and I both forgot who crossed first. That was a huge mistake because since we crossed in the wrong order, the entire line of swans started to pile up in a domino effect, which ruined the entire scene. It was terrible. I thought that the other dancer and I would definitely get fired right on the spot. That was definitely the worst moment of my dance career so far!!VD: What music are you excited about right now? CK: I just discovered Lisa Hannigan. She is an Irish singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. I saw her play in Seattle and her show was so inspiring -she is a true artist.
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