Catch a Midsummer Night’s Dream this Valentine’s Day

Catch a Midsummer Night’s Dream this Valentine’s Day

Photo by Gabriela Jadick

Happy Valentine’s Day. What a day to celebrate with loved ones. Grab your significant other or head out for Galentine’s. Grab a bite to each and then hop on over to the Lexington Opera House for Lexington Ballet’s performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream.

We caught up with the featured dancer, Hannah Harvey to learn more about her background and her role in this weekend’s performance.

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What do you love most about Lexington?

My favorite part about Lexington is the southern feel and how kind and caring the people here are.

How long have you been dancing?

I have been dancing for 20 years! After my first ballet class at age 3, I told my mom that I never wanted to stop dancing. 

Who has been your biggest influence as a dancer?

There are so many beautiful dancers to look up to, however my biggest influence has always been my mother. Although she was never a dancer, she is the best example of kindness, respect, work ethic, perseverance, and so much more. Along with ballet being so physical, our job requires the strong mentality that I have learned from her. 

What would be your dream role in a performance?

My dream would be to perform as Kitri in Don Quixote. Kitri is a strong woman with sharp and challenging choreography, and I love her sassy flair. 

What would be your dream venue to perform in?

I would love to perform at an outdoor venue in a park! I think it would be awesome to combine dancing and nature into one experience.

Prior to joining the ballet in 2018, where were you dancing?

Before joining Lexington Ballet, I had experience dancing with both Louisville Ballet and Nashville Ballet.

Photo by Gabriela Jadick

How does it feel to be the featured dancer in the upcoming Midsummer Night’s Dream production?

Being the featured dancer in Midsummer Night’s Dream has been such a wonderful experience. I’ve always loved Shakespeare, and it has been a goal of mine to dance in a ballet based on one of his plays. The role of Titania is very challenging and brings me a sense of joy and accomplishment. I am so grateful for the opportunity to perform this for the Lexington community.

What is your favorite part about the role?  

 My favorite part of the role of Titania is the challenge of balancing strength and softness as well as performing to such beautiful music! Music and dance lovers will definitely enjoy the performance! 

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