Fiona K

Submission from Cincinnati, Ballet Dancer


Fiona is a ballet dancer living in Cincinnati. She grew up on the east coast, moving from Rhode Island to New Jersey and New York. She spends her time with the ballet dance community which is very small and tight-knit. She hopes to spend some more time with the Cincinnati Ballet and then move to Austin. 





Where are born, where did you grow up, where do you live and what is coming

I was born in Rhode Island, grew up in NJ/NYC, and currently live in Cincinnati OH. Next is either another year in Cincy or moving to Austin Texas!!


When is your birthday? Is that your own celebration we witness on your roll?

My birthday is August 8th. The birthday in the photos was for my roommate and my good friends 18th birthdays, which were at the end of Jan and the beginning of Feb. We did a joint celebration for them.


Who are the people on your pictures?

Most of the people except for the girl in the red coat are ballet dancers at Cincinnati Ballet. The girl in the red coat is my close friend who is a dancer in NYC. The boys are both ballet dancers as well. The ballet world is small and many people don't understand our schedule/devotion to ballet, so we tend to stick together a lot.


We see some backstage in your pictures, can you tell us more about it? Do you perform?


That is the backstage of music hall, in Cincinnati, a performing venue for the opera, symphony, and ballet. we were doing George Balanchine's ballet, ‘Serenade’ which has music by Tchaikovsky and is one of his most famous ballets. When we’re backstage we goof around a lot before and after the show, because we have a lot of time to get ready and to de-stress.


Time Travel is suddenly possible, where/when do you go?

I would go to the mid-60s, to NYC, when Balanchine was alive and choreographing his ballets originally. He is the undisputed best choreographer of the 20th century and to be able to see his process and watch his ballets originally how he imagined them would be amazing.


How was your experience shooting with a disposable camera?

So great! I love being able to carry it around in my pocket and take it out and take photos of people without them posing or being aware that a camera is there until after the shot is taken. So often people see a camera out and become a different person, the size of a disposable camera and how relaxed the picture taking is tends to result in very natural photos I think.


A city?

New York City!!!!!


What are your plans for this weekend?

Performing a ballet! Hopefully go to a pool and sleep after all the hard work.


A song?

Supermodel by SZA.


Right or left handed?



What is the best dish you can cook?

I bake!! Lemon cupcakes with lemon curd inside


Your idea of happiness?

A Sunday morning when no one is aware you are awake, and the sun is shining. You don’t have any plans and it’s just like time stops. The complete relaxation and blankness of not having any plans and no one asking anything of you is complete and utter joy.


Your idea of misery?

Being around people who want me to change myself.


If not yourself, who would you be?

I wouldn’t be.


Your heroes?

Sutton foster, Maria Kowroski, Tavi Gevinson, Zendaya, Michelle Obama, Darla Hoover, My mom.


What is your present state of mind?



Bedside table books?

Nycb in pictures by Kurt Froman, Harry potter and the order of the phoenix by JK Rowling, and Rookie yearbook one.


What do you do if you can’t sleep at night?

Chamomile tea.


Do you collect?



Tea or coffee?

Iced coffee.


A color?



What do you do in your free time?

Read, take pictures, sit at bakeries and watch people, watch tv, watch movies, sew my jeans, watch ballet.


What is your middle name?



What inspires you?

So much. Recently, Colors, and specifically the use of color in Heathers, and West Side Story.


What do you do for money?

Watch babies and dance.


What do you do for pleasure?

Watch movies, read, browse record stores, walk through towns and parks