Like/dislike: Kathryn Carlson

For Kathryn Carlson, the holidays are not just about family, food and gifts — they're also about dance. The 30-year-old native of Somers Point, N.J., joined the Ballet Theatre of Maryland in 2003 as an apprentice dancer after graduating from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Just one year later, Carlson was promoted to company member. Since then, she has performed roles such as Katrina in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Guinevere in "Excalibur" and the title role in "Cinderella." As Carlson begins her ninth season with BTM, you can see her dancing multiple parts including Clara, Snow Queen and Arabian in their annual performance of "The Nutcracker" this weekend. Here, she talks to b about everything from local music to her greatest inspiration.

Worst pet peeve? People who make excuses for their mistakes


What's on your iPod? A little all over the place … the Rolling Stones, Future People, the Flaming Lips, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bruce Springsteen, the Beatles, Mumford and Sons, Prokofiev ...

What song are you hating/loving right now? Loving "Sydney" by Brett Dennen; can't get on board with anything Taylor Swift

Last concert you went to? The Dirty Names — LOVE local arts!

Your worst habit? Apologizing for things that aren't my fault

Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? UGGS!!!!!

Favorite dancer or performer? Dancer: Alessandra Ferri; Performer: Trevor Moore

Last movie you liked/disliked? Loved the new "Muppets" movie

Last video that made you snort with laughter? Wizard People, Dear Reader [an alternative voice-over to "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"]

TV shows you can't get enough of? "The Whitest Kids U'Know" ... Trevor Moore is a brilliant comedian!!!

Favorite book you recently read? "The Hunger Games" trilogy

Last great meal you had? Thanksgiving, of course! But currently craving a steak from Lewnes' in Annapolis!

Food you hate? Love all food ... shocking for a dancer

Favorite and most loathed fashion statements? Favorite: equestrian-inspired boots; Least: formal shorts

Favorite quote/saying? "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."


Favorite way to relax after a show? Friends, food and drinks!

Source of inspiration? My beautiful and talented friends who are a constant source of positive energy in the studio and on stage!

Favorite ballet? "Romeo and Juliet." My dream role and the music is breathtaking (Prokofiev of course)!


If you go

What: Ballet Theatre of Maryland's "The Nutcracker"

When: 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis

Tickets: $25-$45