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22/23 New Dancer Spotlight: Iris R. Dávila

BalletMet is delighted to welcome Iris R. Dávila to the professional company! She joins us after a stunning season with BalletMet 2.

Iris Davila

Originally from Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, Iris first began dancing at eleven years old. She trained at La Escuela Especializada en Ballet Julian E. Blanco and Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico before receiving a scholarship to the San Francisco Ballet School in 2018. There, she spent two and a half years training and performing, dancing full-length ballets with the San Francisco Ballet including Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tomasson’s The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty, and Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote. On graduating she joined Tulsa Ballet II for the 2020-2021 season. She then joined us in Columbus as a member of BalletMet 2 and has been promoted to BalletMet’s professional company for our 2022-2023 season.

We are so glad to have her with us, and asked her a few questions to get a glimpse of the person behind the tutu.

Are you new to Columbus or have you lived here before?
I’ve lived in Columbus before.

What is your favorite thing about being a dancer?
Performing, there’s no other feeling like being onstage.

Tell us your favorite food or meal.
Puertorican food: “Arroz, habichuelas y chuleta”.

What artists/songs are on your top Spotify/Apple Music playlist?
Bad Bunny, Labrinth, Tyler the Creator.

What is your favorite ballet (to watch or perform)? Why?
To watch would be Manon, to perform it has to be Don Quixote. It is the most fun I’ve had onstage.

If you weren’t a dancer, what would you be doing?
Probably teaching yoga, It’s my favorite hobby!