We’re so happy for Cover Model Search winner, Ianna Jackson – but we also love the two runners-up, Kayla Mack and Reed Henry! We’ve talked to Reed about what’s new since the last time we spoke to him.
Hi Reid! What have you been doing since your trip to New York City?
You are back at San Francisco Ballet School, and now we are getting ready to perform at San Francisco Ballet Schools Nutcracker. I am a page and a mouse, and I am also a dragon in “Chinese”. I’m excited to be back on stage for the first time since March 2020. But I’m mostly working on audition variations.
What is your favorite part of the Cover Model Search experience?
I loved meeting new people and networking. I thought it was great to have new friends from everywhere. It was also really inspiring to see the words of my teacher, Mr. Ambrose.
How do you think you’ve grown up since your trip to New York City?
I think I grew up as a dancer and as a human being. I’ve been working really hard on my style, and I also have a really strong friend group.
What was your campaign strategy?
The goal was mostly to repost things to my Instagram story and feed, and then tell my friends and teachers here at SFBS about it.
What are your goals for the next year?
My goals for this year are to get theater experience again, and then hopefully get a place as an intern at SFB. But if not, take the test and go to another studio or company.
What is your advice to those looking for a cover model?
My advice is to just be yourself and not be afraid to loosen up, because I feel like it’s more relatable that way.
Photography by Nathan Sayers
dance spirit It gave me a great opportunity to express myself as a dancer and as a character. It’s got a platform to start a conversation about the negative stigmas in the ballet community, as well as things that are important to me, like making ballet a more inclusive art form. One of the biggest highlights of researching the cover model was hearing my teachers at the San Francisco Ballet School talk to them dance spirit About my training and work ethic. The dancers work hard with little satisfaction, so it was encouraging to know that my teachers recognized the work I put into my dance. The most important thing I would like to share with the other young dancers is that all the discipline, technique and training means nothing if you don’t like what you are doing, so don’t forget to find the fun and freedom within you dancing, because no one wants to watch a robot dance…unless it’s a ballerina on robots.
Many thanks again for this amazing experience!
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