We recently caught up with Miki Batchman, to ask her a few questions about her 16 years with the company.
CBC: When did you start dancing?
MB: When I was four I told my mother I wanted to be a ballerina. She chose Hammond Studio of Dance for me because she liked the way the teachers interacted with the students. I liked the colorful stripes on the wall.
CBC: How did you find CBC?
MB: I had just graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a major in dance and saw an ad in the newspaper. I thought it would be a cool thing to do.
CBC: You are well known for your character roles. Which is your favorite?
MB: I love the roles where I can act as well as dance. Portraying Cinderella’s Stepmother was a lot of fun.
CBC: You have been with the company for 16 years. How long will you continue to dance?
MB: I want to keep going until the body draws the line.
CBC: How do you see your role as the most senior member of the company?
MB: I try to pay attention in rehearsals, even if I’ve heard the information a thousand times before. I encourage the other dancers to pay attention too. That’s my job.