This Prima Cat Is Ready for Her Debut

May 19, 2016

The comparisons between dancers and cats are obvious and many: preternatural grace, laser focus, the desire to curl up in patches of sunlight, high-strung yet lovable personalities…etc.

So it comes as no surprise that this cat is ready for her big moment. Observe how naturally she displays the qualities required to dance many of the most coveted roles in the ballet cannon! Marvel at her amazing versatility! She won’t allow herself to be type-cast as the White Cat in The Sleeping Beauty.

She demonstrates the pathos and emotional maturity necessary to the dance classical queen-maker, The Dying Swan. The unique way she relates to the death of a bird is truly extraordinary.

(Left to right: Cat, photo by @ccchisa76; Svetlana Zakharova, photo by Jack Devant)

She unfurls her limbs into infinity, poised to become contemporary choreographer David Dawson’s latest muse. With seemingly limitless flexibility in her spine, she’s raising the bar for the next generation of ballerinas.

(From left to right: Dawson’s Day4, photo by Angela Sterling; Cat, photo by @ccchisa76; Dawson’s Giselle, photo by Ian Whalen)

Her impeccable sense of timing and spatial awareness give her an advantage in George Balanchine’s neoclassical works, like the lush Serenade. “People call me ‘Dark Angel,’ or some variation of that, all the time,” she says, laughing. “So the role is a natural fit.”

(From left to right: Cat, photo by @ccchisa76; Students at the School of American Ballet Workshop, photo by Paul Kolnik)

Romeo and Juliet
presents more than just a technical challenge—it demands a dance-actress of the highest caliber. But she’s up for it. Switching rapidly among dramatic emotional states is practically second nature. And just look at that épaulement!

(From left to right: Cat, photo by @ccchisa76; National Ballet of Canada in Romeo and Juliet, photo by Bruce Zinger)

Her jump is simply incredible! Bounding six times her body length is a breeze, turning bravura solos in ballets like Le Corsaire (traditionally performed by male humans) into kitten’s play.

(From left to right: Cat, photo by @ccchisa76; Ivan Vasiliev, photo by Andrea Mohin/NYT)

Of course a ballet career isn’t for everyone, and should this kitty decide she wants to cut loose and try something new, she’ll have options. She can always join Suga N Spice crew. Just look at that whip!

(From left to right: Still from Suga N Spice crew in “Watch Me Whip”; Cat, photo by @ccchisa76)

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