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Ballet Theatre Of Maryland Grad Heads To Texas

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Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s (BTM) most recent high school graduate, Laura Pimpo, has been accepted into the professional division at Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) for the 2017-2018 season. Texas Ballet Theater is under the artistic direction of Ben Stevenson, formerly of the Houston Ballet.

When Dianna Cuatto, artistic director of BTM, first met Pimpo, she was a wide-eyed 6-year-old taking classes in BTM’s school along with her mother, Cindy, and sister, Abigail. She auditioned for one of the children’s roles in BTM’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” that year. Cuatto observed that even at a tender age, Pimpo was not only talented but, more importantly, hardworking, intelligent, diligent and passionate. Through the years, she advanced through the school and into BTM’s pre-professional training program, where she danced about 25 hours per week in classes and rehearsed for appropriate student roles in company productions. She worked hard to excel at everything she was given and often exceeded expectations by learning additional roles and helping other dancers learn the ropes.

Pimpo recently returned home from TBT’s summer intensive, and before she went back to Texas for the company’s season, she and Cuatto reflected on her journey to become a professional dancer. Here are some of their favorite moments from their conversation:

Cuatto: What do you most aspire to in a dance career?

Pimpo: To be happy and fulfilled wherever I’m dancing.

Cuatto: What are you looking most forward to on this next step to becoming a dancer?

Pimpo: I am most excited about working with a new set of teachers in a new place where I can continue to grow as a dancer and as a person.

Cuatto: What have you learned so far from attending TBT’s summer intensive for the past two years?

Pimpo: To relax — everything is so relaxed. They also worked a lot on artistry.

Cuatto: What will you most take away with you from your training with BTM?

Pimpo: The atmosphere and the people shaped who I am as a dancer and as a person. It has given me the drive to be successful and taught me to be hardworking, persistent and passionate about what I do.

Cuatto: What advice would you give to other aspiring young dancers?

Pimpo: Do it because you enjoy it and love it! If not, it will be even more difficult than it already is. It is a demanding sport and art, but rewarding if you love it!

Everyone at BTM is proud of Pimpo and her work. “She will be missed, but will continue to grow and evolve as an artist and a person wherever life takes her,” Cuatto said.

Ballet Theatre of Maryland (BTM), located in Annapolis, was designated as the premier professional ballet company by Governor Martin O’Malley for the state of Maryland. BTM is the largest professional company in the state, supporting 18 full-time paid professional dancers, 12 apprentices and six trainee-level 3s. BTM’s School of Classical and Contemporary Dance has a professional faculty with teachers still current in the field. All are either certified with a top school, such as the San Francisco Ballet, or have degrees in dance education from top universities. The school has locations in Annapolis, Brooklyn Park and Easton, serving students ages 2 through adult and pre-professional. For more information about BTM, visit www.balletmaryland.org or call 410-263-8289.


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