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The Dirt with Alonzo King LINES Ballet's Kara Wilkes

Majestic yet modest, ethereal yet grounded: It's no wonder that chameleon-like Kara Wilkes has become one of Alonzo King LINES Ballet's MVPs since joining the company nearly five years ago. A Wisconsin native, she danced with Milwaukee Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet) and Victor Ullate Ballet in Spain before landing at LINES in San Francisco. Catch her on tour with the company through May—and read on for The Dirt. —Margaret Fuhrer


Who's your dance role model? I've been inspired by a few different colleagues. Each displayed enormous dedication; their love of dance was completely apparent.

What's the most-played song on your playlist? I listen to a lot of classical and jazz. My parents listened to both genres; I was always creating little shows using their albums as a kid.

What's your must-watch TV show? I've watched a lot of documentaries about food—I love cooking and eating! The series "Chef's Table" on Netflix blew me away.

What's something nobody knows about you? I'd like to create/direct a film one day.

Someone who can always make me laugh is... My husband, Justin! He's goofy and witty.

What's one food you can't live without? I'm known to be an avid snacker...Popcorn tops that list.

Do you have any nicknames? Kiki, K-Money, Munzee, Kare-bear...

Who would play you in a movie? I can be pretty silly and nerdy...Jim Carrey?

What was your most recent embarrassing moment onstage? Leotard ballet, one buttcheek out...for way too long. (Sigh.)

What's your advice for young performers? Never stop exploring the unique things your body can do. Forget about who likes you or who doesn't. Revealing your truest self is the most magnificent thing to share. There's no one else like you—enjoy that!

What are you most proud of? Not letting criticism get me down. Working each day at enriching my relationship with dance. It is such a challenging journey, this career...but what a gift it is!

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