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Posed and Answered with Kate Wallich of The YC

In thinking about longevity of work and sustainability of the people in this form, personally I am excited about how works can manifest in different genres. Creating an album that lives beyond the live performance or a film relic that can circuit the internet. Creating blogs that capture process or even making the internet a place for live performance to live. I think we are on the verge of embracing these necessary changes.

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Posed and Answered with Alex Ketley of The Foundry

Alex Ketley is an independent choreographer and the director of The Foundry in San Francisco. Performed in national and international competitions and festivals, Alex’s work is acclaimed and anticipated. Some awards include; the National Choo-San Goh Award, the inaugural Princess Grace Award for Choreography, the BNC National Choreographic Competition, three…

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20 Questions with Damien Johnson

Editor’s note: A special thanks to The Ballet Bag (@theballetbag) for tracking down Damien Johnson and conducting DancePulp’s ongoing 20 question interview with him. In The Ballet Bag’s previous guest post, they discuss ballet’s crossover to other artforms, particularly pop music. Damien Johnson is a dancer with Ballet Black in…

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20 Questions with John Michael Schert

John-Michael Schert is the executive director and a dancer for Trey McIntyre Project in Boise, Idaho. He has formerly danced with Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet and American Ballet Theater.

1. What is your breakfast of choice?
“Gas-house eggs’ also known as ‘eggs in a hole.’ Bite a hole out of a piece of bread, drop an egg in, and fry over butter. Two every morning.”

2. What is your pre-performance ritual?
“Always allow for a process that slows your mind down while speeds your body up. Whether it be company class or your own personal warm up. Know that you will always give yourself the routine that puts you in the right, peaceful, but engaged, place. This will help dispel nervousness as well as let you reach a more intuitive place with your performance.”

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20 Questions with Kathi Martuza

Kathi Martuza is a principal dancer with Oregon Ballet Theatre. She’s a former dancer at San Francisco Ballet.

1. What is your breakfast of choice?
“A whole wheat tortilla with melted cheese, avocado and arugula-drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper.”

2. What is your pre-performance ritual?
“I put my feet up and take a nap. I drink a cup of black tea while I do my hair and make-up. Then I tape my toes, do a 10 min. floor-barre, and a 15 min. barre, put on my costume and go over a few steps.”

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20 Questions with Noelani Pantastico

Noelani Pantastico is a principal dancer with Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. She’s a former principal at Pacific Northwest Ballet. 1. What is your breakfast of choice? “Usually coffee & toast.” 2. What is your pre-performance ritual? “Usually I like to get to the theater one & a half to 2…

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