So, what everyone says is true. It's a lot harder to leave ballet behind than one might think! Yes, I still say I've "retired," but remember, I always was careful to say that I was retiring from "ballet company life."
The point of what I'm doing beating around the bush is to say that it seems I have booked a Nutcracker in Seattle in December! I will be playing the Sugar Plum Fairy's Cavalier which is a role I played during my career. I am excited for the challenge and the opportunity.
I feel fortunate to still have my health and ability to be able to dance gigs like this. What a gift. If I was so narrow minded as to say "No! I only do theatre now," I would starve. So, why not take a great paying gig while I still have the ability to do so! I need to remember that I trained my whole life to be able to do the things I do, and if they can provide me income and a level of comfort, then who am I to turn such an opportunity down! I'll get to travel to a wonderful city I've never been to and dance a wonderful role!
(and I didn't even have to audition.)