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Noelani Pantastico photo © Mark Von Borstel, photo © Angela Sterling

20 Questions with Noelani Pantastico

Noelani Pantastico is a principal dancer with Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. She’s a former principal at Pacific Northwest Ballet.

1. What is your breakfast of choice?

“Usually coffee & toast.”

2. What is your pre-performance ritual?

“Usually I like to get to the theater one & a half to 2 hours before my stage time. I LOVE the process of taping my toes, putting on my makeup, stretching, & warming up.  It’s a bit like meditating for me. Usually I keep things light with fellow dancers, and then I usually go through my steps very lightly just to help me visualize. I don’t like to go over steps that are hard because it sometimes blocks me. I DO go over all my notes over & over to please myself & the choreographer. It helps me feel growth in a role or step, especially if I am repeating a ballet. And that’s pretty much it!”

3. Last passport stamp?

“Valencia, Spain”

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Where do you see dance in 10 years?

“Still dancing a bit, towards the end of my career. I can see myself stepping into a ballet mistress role or possible direction. Teaching seems like it’s always an option & I enjoy it too. We’ll see…For dance, I guess it depends where in the map of the world. Well, here in Europe I feel there is more motivation to create & process new ideas, and in America, I feel that ballets in general are just re-done, or reset, I guess. My dream is to see a new level of commitment in terms of creation in the US. I know that there is that in the US, but I would love to see it on a bigger scale, especially in major US companies. In terms of marketing the arts, I think that the internet is helping the world see dance on a new plain. Hopefully people will notice and see the importance of dance and art, because when it comes down to it, life is about love, passion, and living – and that’s what artists do. Arts in the US will hopefully take precedence in the lives of people, hopefully!!”

5. What gives you inspiration?

“Working with choreographers and trying to identify with them. There is nothing that pleases me more than studio time. Sometimes I find that I enjoy that more than performing.”

6. What are your biggest vices or indulgences?

“Hmmm…love my vino!”

7. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career?

“Deciding to leave PNB.”

8. If you hadn’t chosen this career, what might you be doing?

“Not sure…I bet kids & maybe my own business of some sort – no clue though. Dance was always engrained in me.”

9. Favorite book?

“The Secret.”

10. What’s your favorite non-dance activity or hobby?

“LOVE origami, laying out in the sun, getting online – is that sad?? Hahaha…”

11. Pet peeves?

“Being complacent. Being bored. Motto – Bored people are boring people!”

12. Where do/would you most like to travel?

“We tour a lot all over the world, but I still want to dance in Paris, London (again (with BMC), Chicago, SF, NYC, and Australia.  For vacation, any of those places would work too :)”

13. What’s your idea of relaxation? What’s your idea of fun?

“Beach with drink & good conversation. Or maybe a picnic. For fun, touring and being with my friends.”

14. Do you get bored?

“I try not to! Lately I can’t even sit to watch a movie! Like I said before, bored people are boring people! Hahaha.”

15. Are you more introverted or extroverted? Do you need long periods of time alone, or are you energized by interaction?

“Hmm…I guess both at times. I guess currently I am more energized by interaction. I do have my moments when I need time alone. I think everyone does though.”

16. What’s your average bedtime?

“Midnight. On tour though it’s 1 or 2 am.”

17. What’s something people would be surprised to know about you?

“I am a huge fan of Bruce Lee.”

18. Where would you like to live long-term?

“That is still in the cards. Who knows really? I don’t want to pin myself down yet.”

19. Last song you listened to on your ipod?

“I gave it to my Mom. I am working on getting an iphone though. Last song I listened to on my laptop was Season of Love by Shiny Toy Guns.”

20. Words to live by?

Carpe Diem! Live life to the fullest!
- Noelani Pantastico, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo principal dancer
Post by Drew Jacoby

Drew Jacoby, contemporary ballerina, has worked with Alonzo King, Complexions, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, Sylvie Guillem, Desmond Richardson, Lightfoot Leon, Mia Michaels, Dutch National Ballet, Lar Lubovitch, and Christopher Wheeldon. She is the founder of DancePulp. She joined Nederlands Dans Theater 1 in August 2012.

Comments (2)

  1. Joshua Ecob July 27, 2010 at 10:36 am

    This was awesome! Are more posts like this coming? Thankyou!

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