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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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Charity De Loera

Broadway’s The Lion King cast member Charity De Loera shares how she got her start on Broadway, insights into the rehearsal process, the importance of taking class regularly, and the joys and rigors of performing in a show that plays 8 times per week.

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: Daniil Simkin

A Healthy Perspective on Being a Dancer Season 1: Episode 23 | 19:27 American Ballet Theatre dancer Daniil Simkin talks about his private training with his mother, how coming from a ballet family has affected his career, and the importance of work-life balance as a professional ballet dancer.

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Prince Credell

Le Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve dancer Prince Credell compares his experiences working with Ailey 2, Alonzo King, Hubbard Street, Le Ballet, and shares the realizations that he’s made along the way.

Video: Tiler Peck

From Competitions and Broadway to New York City Ballet Season 1 : Episode 18 | 11:54 Then New York City Ballet Soloist (now Principal) Tiler Peck reflects on her competition upbringing and how it has shaped her training and career, reveals what makes her nervous, and shares her personal approach…

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Video: David Hallberg

A Classical Ballet Dancer’s Admiration for the Avant Garde Season 1 : Episode 17 | 15:40 American Ballet Theatre principal dancer David Hallberg shares how he rose through the ranks to become a star and shares his passion about forms of performance art other than classical ballet.

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