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Artist Profile: Jessica Lind

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Artist Profile: Jessica Lind

Jessica Lind

Jessica Lind

Jessica Lind

Julie Perrone

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At Presentation, all of our lives are constantly a blur, full of one activity running into another as we speed through the weeks. Especially as finals approach, it seems like we all have a constant tick-tock resounding in our heads, a clock counting down until our finals are over and the winter holidays begin. Well, junior Jessica Lind has a rhythm beating through her head, too, but hers is a unique one, and it is that of the Nutcracker Ballet.

All of us are well-acquainted with this classic Christmas story; many of us have family traditions of seeing the ballet annually. Still, there is no doubt that Jessica Lind knows the intricacies of this ballet better than any other Presentation student, especially now that she has worked her way to the lead role of the Sugar Plum fairy, a hard-earned position. This is a true honor and accomplishment for Lind, who has been working diligently at dance since she was four-and-a-half.

Lind recognizes what an achievement this is and says she can see her hard work reflected in her dancing this part for the second year in a row. “When I was younger, that was role that everyone looked up to, and we actually used to have professional dancers come in to be that role,” she says. “Now that we have older dancers that can do it, it’s really cool to be able to do the part that a professional dancer was doing, knowing that it is the same choreography.”

Lind has come a long way from the pre-schooler who started dancing with the motivation of following in her older sister’s footsteps, or perhaps dance steps. Reflecting on the earlier years of her dancing, Lind recalls how she simply wanted to be doing what her sister Kristina was doing, but she maintains that this role model image of her sister has not tarnished with the years. Having a sister who dances has not only provided someone for Jessica to look up to, but Jessica has also found that she and her sister collaborate to improve each other’s dancing.

Before Kristina, who now dances professionally in San Francisco, left their dance school, she and Jessica had a unique relationship in dancing. “For three or four years we were in the same level at my studio because it only goes up to a certain level,” recalls Lind. “Sometimes she would give me corrections during class, and sometimes I would give her corrections during class. We didn’t always like it, but sometimes it was really helpful. Sometimes, when we’re in the same level, it’s a good thing because then we can watch each other.”

Along with advice and constructive criticism from her sister, Jessica has worked personally to perfect her dance in every aspect. Like with other sports and pursuits, Jessica recognizes the need for self-discipline, denoting this attribute as one of the most important things she has learned and taken away from her dancing. “In dance, you really need a lot of personal motivation and self-discipline, and it helps in school and regular life, too,” says Lind.

Lind also spoke of the involvement her entire family has in her dancing. She herself dedicates about two-and-a-half hours a day, five to six days a week to her dancing, but she understands the way in which her family member’s lives revolve around her dancing, too. “My family is definitely very involved in all of my and my sister’s dancing,” Lind says. “It takes up a lot of my time – I have normal classes five or six days a week, and, now that it’s Nutcracker time, I have a lot of rehearsals too, so it’s kind-of stressful – but my parents always drive me to practice. Especially my brother [is impacted by the dancing], he’s always in the car. They also volunteer a lot for our shows. My Dad always works backstage.”

Still, the Linds have found a way to craft their own tradition out of this stressful time of the year, putting their own spin on the classic custom of going to see the Nutcracker. As Lind puts it, “Some families go and see the Nutcracker for a tradition, but we’re always in the Nutcracker for our tradition. There was the last show that my sister was part of at our studio; my whole family was in it. It was me, my sister, my brother, and my dad, and my mom worked back stage. We were all on stage, and that was really fun.”

After so many years of hard work, including five-week-long summer programs in cities such as San Francisco and Boston, Lind expects dance to play a role in life after high school. Revealing that she was offered dance positions to stay year-round in San Francisco as early as the summer before her freshman year, Lind says that she now intends to be a professional dancer. Yet she is realistic about the unpredictable life of those on stage. “If it doesn’t work out, if nothing is offered to me, I won’t push it or try to do it,” she shrugs. “I’ll just figure it’s not meant to be and there’s something else I should be doing.”

For now, though, there’s the sugar plum fairy. And finals, of course.

 

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