About Georgina

photo: ballerina and Broadway dancer Gina Pazcoguin

Photo © Matt Murphy

 

Who is Georgina Pazcoguin? Got your grain of salt? Read on. I see myself as a woman of many facets who wants to explore my highest potential in all of them. I’d ideally want to exist in a world where the beach is close, the work is passionate and respected, and great wine is always available.

Why Ballet? It is a pursuit of perfection. I like the idea of striving to attain a seemingly unattainable ideal. I love the lessons it teaches that carry over to real life, some being the discipline, the dedication, the love. I like being called a Ballerina. Despite being lumped into this whole “Ballerina equals naive, slightly emotionally unhinged woman complete with body dysmorphia” stereotype of today. I view myself as the complete antithesis of that idea. Think of me as the “Rogue Ballerina.”

My home is New York City Ballet and I dance as a soloist woman in a company of nearly 100 dancers. I started as an apprentice in 2001 and — after spending ten amazing yet arduous, and sometimes downright grueling years in the corps de ballet — I was promoted to soloist with the company in February of 2013. For those of you who do not know me, that was a huge accomplishment. My journey was not necessarily uncomplicated or painless; in fact, quite the opposite. If you want that story, you’ll have to wait for the memoir. I’m proud to say that I’m New York City Ballet’s first Asian American, let alone Filipina American woman, ever to be promoted to an upper tier. There are a few things I’m known for at New York City Ballet in addition to being one of the company’s on staff comedians, a high risk for falls, and really bad at doing my own hair. I’m really good at cutting the tension in a rehearsal room. If you’re interested in knowing more, I suggest you click here.

But wait! The story only starts at New York City Ballet. I also love musical theater. The year 2015 introduced me to the wonderful community of artists that exists just a few blocks away in the Theater District. Honestly, I don’t know what took me so long. So when I’m not dancing the halls of the David H. Koch Theater, I’ve started pursuing and making some pretty fun “cameos,” if you will, in the musical theater world. Since it is far less known, I’ll elaborate. I made my Broadway debut in the revival of On the Town first in a hilarious ensemble role, filling in last minute during an NYCB layoff for an injured dancer. A few weeks later, I was honored to be invited back to On The Town to make a principal role debut as Ivy during the last months of its run. I’m also very much involved in American Dance Machine for the 21st Century. If you don’t know the company and its great mission, you can educate yourself here. I’ve also done a handful of Broadway workshops over the years and, yes, I do sing, though no albums are slated to drop any time soon.

That gives you an idea of who I am and what I do. I’m an artist. I live to perform. I gladly accept new challenges and thrive on being uncomfortable artistically. My happiness is found in having you on the edge of your seat watching, forgetting all those reasons you decided to escape to the theater in the first place.

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