When I first came back to San Francisco Ballet after my time in Hamburg Ballet I sat in an empty studio with Myles Thatcher while he spoke of his ideas and aspirations for the world. He talked about the responsibility that we have as the next generation to create a world of art that we believe in. After the most inspiring year with the great John Neumeier, Myles Thatcher began to inspire me in an additional way that day. He opened my eyes to the endless possibilities that lay in front of us. He forced me to acknowledge that we cannot simply follow, but that we must decide to lead when the time is right. He made me see the great responsibility that we have been given and that we cannot let it slip by. He taught me that it's up to us to make a difference.
I am so pleased to tell you that Myles is not only flourishing as a dancer, but as a brilliant choreographer as well, and he was recently chosen as one of this year's protégés for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative! With this award he will be given the amazing opportunity to be mentored by Alexei Ratmansky over the course of next year! It is a huge honor to be chosen for this, and I could not think of a better person to receive this honor!
Myles continues to be one of the most important people in my life today. I can't express in words how much he means to me and how much I love him. He has so much to give the world and it brings me such joy to see that he is being given the acknowledgement and support he needs to continue learning and growing.
For more information on the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative: http://www.rolex.com/magazine/philanthropy/mentors-proteges/dance/alexei-ratmansky-and-myles-thatcher.html