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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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VIDEO: Harumi Terayama

Discovering Contemporary Dance Season 1: Episode 24 | 16:21 Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet dancer Harumi Terayama talks about how her experiences at Juilliard and opened her eyes to the world of contemporary dance, compares dance in the U.S. and Japan, and describes the challenges of working at Cedar Lake.

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VIDEO: Trey McIntyre

If Your Eyes Are Open to Inspiration the Earth Is Electric Season 1: Episode 21 | 15:12 Trey McIntyre, Artistic Director of the Trey McIntyre Project talks about challenging and pushing himself, artistic growth, and what he hopes to achieve with his work by striving to not repeat himself or…

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Video: Jamar Roberts

The Artistic Sketches and Choreography of a Creative Dancer Season 1 : Episode 16 | 11:20 Jamar Roberts talks about his experiences performing as a member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and shares his sources of inspiration in creating his own choreography.

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Video: Andrea Schermoly

A Dancer’s Perspective On Performing in the US Vs. Europe Season 1 : Episode 10 | 10:01 Nederlands Dans Theater’s Andrea Schermoly on touring with NDT, the company’s evolving repertory and resulting critical response, and the differences between dancing professionally in the United States and Europe.

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