HOPE MUIR IS LOOKING FORWARD to her winter vacation. After her first season with Charlotte Ballet begins this month, the new artistic director will drive to Toronto to see family, and then head north in her four-wheel drive car through Ontario until she hits good snow and ‚ at terrain. To go dogsledding.
“I love dogs, and I love the snow—the cold does not bother me, sleeping out. It’s so physical,” she says. It’s hard to imagine a ve-foot-four dancer managing a team of 12 huskies and then camping in freezing temperatures, but Muir is gutsy like that. “You get the cold with the blue sky and sunshine. It’s just the dogs—it’s such a wonderful experience,” she says. Muir didn’t grow up dogsledding; she grew up dancing. By the age of 16, she made the decision to leave her native Canada to attend a ballet school in London. She honed her craft —and her personal style—there, dancing with the English National Ballet and acquiring a British accent. After several years, she joined London’s edgy Rambert Dance Company, spending a decade in contemporary dance. She wrapped up her performance career in Chicago, with Hubbard Street Dance Company, retiring from the stage in 2006. Since then she’s stayed in ballet, teaching and directing for different companies. She comes to Charlotte from Scottish Ballet, where she was assistant artistic director. The lovely Ti˜ any pendant of in