Interview // Genevieve Waldorf // Dancer
A: When it came time to decide between pursuing school or continuing your dance training, what were your deciding factors?
G: It was really stressful before I got into Harvard. I was already deciding between just going to school or dancing. Once I got into Harvard, it made the decision for me, since I was able to go for a year and then differ to be able to pursue dance.
“Genevieve first collaborated with The Seattle Project in 2020 for the “The How of It Sped” at Northwest Film Forum. Since then she has been a consistent collaborator and support, while still dancing at Pacific Northwest Ballet. This interview was recorded after two years since “The How of It Sped” premiered."
A: What drew you to dancing?
G: I started when I was 2, so I didn’t have too much of an opinion of dance. My mom put me in it because she has scoliosis, and she wanted to prevent me from getting it. I just kept going because I liked the discipline of it. Always stuff to work on.
A: When did you know that you wanted to make a career out of it?
G: I was in a private lesson with my dance coach, and she asked me if I wanted to become a professional dancer. I thought maybe I wasn’t good enough, and didn’t even consider it as a possibility. She told me I was good enough, and that gave me confidence to go towards what I always wanted.
A: What keeps you continuing to dance?
G: During the pandemic, I took a step away from dance, and it opened up the opportunity for me to go to school. That time away gave me the space to miss it again, and want to be back. I still have a lot to learn from it that I haven’t achieved yet in my career.
A: When have you felt the most seen or represented?
G: At PNB, there are a lot of Filipino dancers that have been in the company, or are still here currently. In Nia Amina-Minor’s piece for PNB’s Digital Season, she made the time and effort to really allow us to share how we were feeling and what we felt about the work that we were creating.
A: What do you think that the arts are missing?
G: It was quite evident during the pandemic that the arts were not a priority in our society. People were back in sports stadiums way before Broadway shows, opera houses and movie theaters, and it was disheartening to see the lack of support for artists in that time. Funding is a clear indication of the lack of prioritization for the arts, and that’s something that I’d like to see change. All the things that were created during the pandemic had to be done by the artists themselves which shows how capable and passionate they are about their craft.