Addie Tapp in Jorma Elo's Creatures of Egmont (photo by IGOP Photography, courtesy Boston Ballet)

Boston Ballet's Addie Tapp on Dream Roles and Dance Role Models

Boston Ballet second soloist Addie Tapp immediately stands out onstage thanks to her impressively long lines, precise technique, and mature presence. A Glenwood Springs, CO, native, Tapp started dancing at age 6 at the Glenwood Dance Academy. At 14, she attended The School of American Ballet summer course, and afterwards was accepted into the year-round program. She joined Boston Ballet's corps in 2014, and was promoted to second soloist last year. Catch her dancing this month in the company's Parts In Suite program and Romeo & Juliet.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

A veterinarian

What non-dance thing would you consider yourself an expert at?

Making apple crumble

Do you have a favorite non-dance workout?

For stamina, I like to go swimming. Swimming is relaxing and helps my muscles loosen up after a long day of rehearsals.

What's your dream role?

Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain

Do you have any pets?

I have a mini goldendoodle. His name is Milo and he is almost 2 years old. He's a little ball of energy.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Budapest, Hungary

What's your best advice for young dancers?

Always put forth your best effort. Don't be too critical and try to enjoy every aspect of the art form.

What's one food you can't live without?

Ben & Jerry's and peanut butter pretzel nuggets

Who can always make you laugh?

My sister. She's probably the funniest person I know.

What's your favorite dance movie?

Restless Creature is by far my favorite dance movie. Wendy Whelan is an inspiration to so many dancers.

What's your most-watched TV show?

"This Is Us"

Who's your dance role model?

Maria Kowroski. I have always admired how well she controls her length. She's absolutely stunning.

What's your biggest fear?

Missing a performance that I'm cast in.

What's your go-to stress reliever?

A coffee date with a close friend.

What's your best advice for young dancers?

Always put forth your best effort. Don't be too critical and try to enjoy every aspect of the art form.

A version of this story appeared in the March 2018 issue of Dance Spirit with the title "The Dirt: With Addie Tapp."

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