Dancing is creating a sculpture that is visible only for a moment.
As children, we were all asked the question of what we aspire to be when we are older. And like reality unfolds, our desires to become an astronaut or the next president don’t always pan out. But for Amanda DeVenuta, her dreams of making dance a career came to fruition but not without tedious practice.
At the age of 3, Amanda started dancing. By the time she was 8 years old, she knew it was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
“As a ballerina, some pivotal moments were specific moments on stage. While I danced with the National Ballet of Canada, I had the opportunity to dance with my dream partner and dear friend. We teared up on stage while dancing together. It is forever special to me. A true moment that helped me grow as an artist.”
Since then, Amanda has joined many dance companies with the Kansas City Ballet being the most recent. She has performed roles in Swan Lake, Rite of Spring, Diving Into The Lilacs, The Three Musketeers, Alice (in wonderland), Giselle, Wunderland, The Four Temperaments, Interplay, Theme and Variations, Diamonds, The Uneven, Play, and Romeo & Juliet.
“While dancing the lead in Diving Into The Lilacs, I had the most ethereal, liberating moment for me. That performance was sought out as one of Dance Magazine’s Top 25 dancers to watch in 2017 in the world.”
“As a dancer, I feel as though I am still trying to find that balance between work and creating expression. Experiencing the beauty of life so real emotions can translate through me on stage is something I treasure deeply. I love writing, poetry, having an exotic coffee, walking around the museum, shopping and trying new cuisine. There can be inspiration everywhere if you just look.”