Colarik, 28, has been dancing since she was 4. Seeing her mother, a board member of the Cleveland Ballet, dress up to attend performances, she couldn’t help but glamorize it: “I decided I really had to be a ballerina or nothing.”
She immediately enrolled in the Cleveland School of Ballet. But as much as the discipline of dance’s most precise genre rewarded that 4-year-old's dreams, ballet wouldn’t remain her sole pursuit in life.
Balance is key...in more ways than one
Just as her cocktail creations must be perfectly balanced, and in mixing them she has to keep one eye on other customers ordering and paying, Colarik knows the importance of poise and proportion in her dance.
When she was a student in the lauded dance program at Baltimore's Goucher College, Colarik added jazz, tap, lyrical, and modern to her repertoire, performing at the highest levels and graduating with a BA. A guest choreographer at the school -- who was “very intense about weight” -- instilled in her the importance of cross-training, insisting on 30-minute treadmill sessions 3-5 times a week. To this day, Colarik continues to use this routine to stay in shape, though she’s gotten away from the intense scrutiny and weight-monitoring that ballerinas so often face.
After college, Colarik moved to New York to be among some of the world's greatest dance companies, and opportunities, of all genres before focusing on modern dance -- a shift she says, “I had to make for my health."