Q: How long have you been dancing?
A: I’ve been dancing since I was 3. I think I had a lot of energy, and my parents wanted me to do something other than destroy the house.
Q: Was there a specific moment when you knew you loved it?
A: There is, actually. When I was 6, I saw “The Nutcracker.” It was a little local production, and that’s when I knew. Like, it hit me: This is what I want to do with my life. This is what I love.
Q: So many dancers study ballet but then move into other forms of dance. You’ve studied other forms of dance but you’ve stuck with ballet. Why?
A: A lot people think this is really crazy, but I really love pointe shoes (laughs). I think that might have attracted me as a kid. I love pointe shoes and I love to dance in them. So, as much fun as jazz was, I wanted to be in pointe shoes.
Q: What did your parents think about your wanting to be a ballet dancer?
A: They were always pushing me into other things, like, “Doctors are really great,” and “You could be a writer.”
Q: You’re in your fourth season with Nevada Ballet Theatre (after having danced with Ballet Austin and Nashville Ballet)?
A: This is my fourth season. I love it here. As a dancer, I absolutely love the theater (at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts), and the company is incredible. We do a lot of really awesome stuff. … And I got married (on June 16).
Q: Congratulations! Who’s your husband?
A: Barrington Lohr. He dances with the company.
Q: Is that how you met?
A: That’s actually how we became close. We got to know each other. We started working together. So Las Vegas has been really good!
Q: You’re wearing a costume from the “Rubies” segment of Nevada Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s “Jewels” (which NBT will perform Oct. 13 and 14 at The Smith Center). What’s it about?
A: “Rubies,” I would say, is feisty and fun. There are three jewels – emeralds, rubies and diamonds – and ruby is, like, the fiery one of the whole ballet.
Q: Have your parents become OK with your career choice by now?
A: Well, they’re still kind of talking about a Plan B (laughs). Like, at my wedding, “You could be a doctor.”Mary LaCroix
Nevada Ballet Theatre
Hometown: Marine City, Mich.