Dr. Friedrich’s Dancing Life
I grew up in the studio at the Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica, California, where I trained under a former New York City Ballet principal dancer and a former soloist with Britain’s Royal Ballet. Westside Ballet alumni dance at companies including NYCB, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and The Joffrey. Ballet holds a special place in my heart and in my life — in terms of movement, it’s my first language.
I knew I wanted to keep dancing as I got older, so I majored in dance (and English) at Barnard College, Columbia University. I branched out into jazz, Graham and Taylor modern, dabbled in flamenco, and continued performing. I immersed myself in dance history and interned at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Ultimately, I graduated with departmental honors for my dance thesis on anxiety in pre-professional dancers.