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Personality Test: Amanda Cochrane

| Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre soloist Amanda Cochrane, 24 of Wilkins Township.
Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre soloist Amanda Cochrane, 24, of Wilkins Township

Amanda Cochrane, 24, is a soloist with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and took a turn starring in “Cinderella” in April. She began piano and ballet lessons in her native Spokane, Wash., when she was 3 and became serious about a career in dance when she was 13.

She and her fiancée, Bradley Wong, a former dancer, just bought a home in Wilkins.

Cochrane says she enjoys sketching but says she isn't very good, still likes to play piano and enjoys reading mystery novels. Her newest project, apart from furnishing her home, is designing dancewear.

The star who would play me in the movie version of my life:

Amanda Seyfried. We have the same first name!

Childhood hero:

Gillian Murphy. Her dancing is one of my inspirations for becoming a ballerina.

The superpower I wish I had in real life:

Flying would be at the top of my superpower wish list, followed by having the power to make the dishes clean themselves.

I can't live without my iPod, cell phone, DVR or laptop?

I couldn't imagine life without my cell phone. Cell phones have so many uses in addition to calling and texting. It's nice to be able to check email, etc., while I'm away from home.

Top thing on my ‘bucket list' to do before I'm gone:

I've always wanted to travel to Paris. It would be amazing to visit the museums and sample the food and wine.

Favorite brunch food:

My parents used to make crepes for me when I was a little girl. They are still my favorite breakfast/brunch food to this day.

The song that always gets me out on the dance floor:

I always have fun dancing to “Shout!” by the Isley Brothers. It's a great and upbeat song, and you will usually find everyone on the dance floor when it's playing.

My favorite thing about Pittsburgh:

There are many things I love about Pittsburgh. One of them is Pamela's. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day!

What you'll always find in my glove compartment:

Napkins. You never know when you will need one.

The oldest thing in my refrigerator:

Probably the ketchup

My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:

One of my favorite sandwiches is a French Dip. When I was little, my family used to go the Arby's for French Dips and Jamocha shakes.

When I was 10, I wanted to be:

A doctor or a ballerina! I'm very grateful to be doing something I love.

Exercise I hate most:

I generally like exercising, but I could make do without the push-ups.

I'm deathly afraid of:

Spiders! I'm especially afraid of jumping spiders. They are there one second and then gone the next…

I never travel without my:

Camera. It's nice to be able to look through photos after a trip.

Saturday mornings, you'll find me:

In bed with a cup of coffee surfing the Internet. It takes me a while to truly wake up.

Pick one:

A. Pirates

B. Penguins

C. Steelers

D. Other

E. I hate sports

I've never followed sports regularly, but since moving to Pittsburgh, the city's love for our football team has definitely rubbed off! Go Steelers!

My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:

Hines Ward. It was a lot of fun watching him on “Dancing with the Stars.”

My most treasured fashion accessory:

I love earrings! I've always thought they were pretty, and I try not to leave the house without them. (I even keep an extra pair in my purse in case I forget!)

My most embarrassing junk food:

If I could turn a junk food into a health food, it would be french fries. I really enjoy eating them with a Wendy's Frosty.

TV marathon I could watch all day:

I could easily sit down and watch a season of “Downton Abbey” in one day. I love period dramas.

If I wasn't a dancer, I'd be:

I'd like to be a food critic. It would be so much fun to travel and taste all of the deliciousness out there.

My favorite website:

My most recent favorite is Pinterest. It has been very handy in designing/decorating my house.

My childhood nickname:

One of my childhood nicknames was “Twiggy,” because I was so skinny. My dad still calls me “Twig.”

My first job:

Before joining the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, I taught ballet classes at my former dance studio in Washington. It really expanded my knowledge of dance. It also gave me a good work ethic in my own training because I wanted to set a good example for my students.

People would be surprised to know that I:

Love being outside! Whether I'm gardening, skiing or camping, I enjoy every minute.

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