New York City, NYpointemagazine.com
By March of last year, Brazilian-born ballet dancer Camila Rodrigues' career was finally taking off. After patiently waiting several years to obtain an O-1 visa, she was approved to work in the United States in August 2019 and was immediately hired by several New York–based companies, including Kathryn Posin Dance Company, Neglia Ballet and Movement Headquarters Ballet Company (where I am artistic director). Only seven months later, that momentum screeched to a halt when the coronavirus pandemic caused the performing arts to indefinitely shut down. But Rodrigues leaned into the same indefatigability it took to kickstart her career and found a unique way to keep herself in top shape for the future.