After almost two decades as head ballerina, Carolina Ballet’s Lilyan Vigo will retire performing for the last time this month in Carmen. She shares with RM some of the highlights of her career with the company.
- In 2000, I received the Princess Grace Award in NYC for talent in dance. It was an honor to be nominated by Carolina Ballet’s Artistic Director Robert Weiss and to be selected out of many applicants to receive this award so early on in my career.
- I have been fortunate enough to represent Carolina Ballet in Pointe and Dance Magazine. Going to New York City to shoot the cover for Pointe and to have a featured article on my life and career in Dance Magazine was like a dream come true.
- Robert Weiss choreographed his Firebird on me in 2002. It was the very first ballet to be choreographed on me and working so closely with Robert Weiss and Ballet Mistress Melissa Podcasy was an amazing experience and the first of many to come.
- Outside of dancing, the next most important thing to me is my family. I am the proud mother of two little boys, Patrick and Brandon, and I have been lucky enough to live both dreams. I was able to dance through the beginning of both pregnancies and return to the stage after.
- Carolina Ballet first presented Giselle in 2013, and I was the lead. To this day, it is one of the most difficult and challenging roles I have ever danced. It was really my “bucket-list” role that I never thought I would accomplish!