"She's extremely generous with her knowledge but also allows you to laugh at yourself. A lot of dancers--and I know this about myself--can be so hard on themselves. She gives such excellent corrections, but in a way that I feel like she's really there rooting for me, and that's such a big deal. I know she's my coach, but she's also my friend. I think it takes a special teacher to find that balance."
NBC is performing Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at the David H. Koch Theater in NYC, now through September 14. Vanstone will dance the role of Alice on September 11 and 13.