The sharp and talented dancers, Elizabeth Washington (Sally), Emily Vetsch (Sophie), Jeff Davis (Peter), and Valerie Guido (Janelle), returned to reprise their roles in Ballerina Swan. Watch our interview of their favorite moments including legendary ballerina Allegra Kent and the magic of performing with Sophie the Swan!
Ballerina Swan blends dance, theater and puppetry to tell the story of Sophie, a Central Park swan who dreams of becoming a ballerina. Based on the children’s book by former NYC Ballet prima ballerina Allegra Kent, Ballerina Swan features a five-foot dancing swan puppet that wowed children and adults alike during the show’s 2013 run.
More about the Dancers
Emily Vetsch hails from the beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho. She has a passion for choreographing and directing and has been fortunate enough to work professionally as a freelance dancer and puppeteer here in NYC for 9 years. Emily is Co-Art Director of The Hudson Vagabond Puppets. Additionally she co-founded Glitter Kitty Productions in 2011, a collaborative physical theater company. Emily is happy to be reunited with Sophie the Swan.
Jeff Davis is a NYC-based artist, performer and choreographer. He most recently created MiLLiONAiRE’S HOLiDAY for the October NYC Jazz Choreography Project along with Directing and Choreographing two original new musicals, the Gunfighter Meets his Match and the Lovely WiLDS!. He is Co-Artistic Director of the Hudson Vagabond Puppets and Glitter Kitty Productions. He dedicates this performance to his grandmother Grace Davis.
Valerie Guido is a dancer, exercise physiologist, and arts enthusiast. She moved to NYC upon graduating summa cum laude with honors from West Virginia University. She has studied and performed around the U.S. and abroad, including a site-specific installation piece for Openings Collective, interning with David Dorfman, and working closely with Betty Jones while in Italy, to name a few. Valerie is thrilled to be back at the Mint Theater and to reunite with the original cast of “Ballerina Swan.”
Elizabeth Washington began her formal dance training at the age of 12 at Towson University Children’s Dance Division. Ms. Washington has performed works by Darrell Moultrie, Troy Powell, Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Ronald K. Brown and Abdur-Rahim Jackson and had the opportunity to perform during Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 50th Anniversary at New York City Center. She is currently a dancer in The Von Howard Project.