Where are you from? I am from Keene, New Hampshire. Although its certainly not an exciting, cosmopolitan place, its dear to my heart because of its natural beauty and the strong New England values it instilled in me. Growing up, I learned the importance of frugality, self-sufficiency and hardiness, things that have served me well in my life.
Do you have any siblings? I have an older brother Sam who is a PhD student at UCLA in cultural anthropology. He is a true gentleman and a dedicated, gifted scholar.
Authors: Roberto Bolaño, David Foster Wallace, Ralph Ellison, Joan Didion, and Milan Kundera.
Movies: I just saw the Godfather and loved it. Too many great movies to name.
Music: James Blake, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Fleetwood Mac, Retro Brazilian stuff like Os Mutantes and Tom Zé too. Beyonce and Rihanna always.
Dessert: probably pie of some variety. Blueberry, apple or pecan. I also like brownies a lot.
Dance Companies/Choreographers: Trisha Brown, Kyle Abraham, Tere O’Connor, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Ohad Naharin, Pina Bausch, Forsythe, Eiko and Koma, Rodrigo Pederneiras of Grupo Corpo are some of my fav choreographers.
Dance Career Highlight so far?
My dance highlight so far was performing at the Park Avenue Armory with Shen Wei Dance Arts in the company’s Tenth Anniversary Season. Performing in a world premiere in front of hundreds of people in a 55,000 sq. foot room where my great uncle had once marched with the Knickerbocker Club in the 1930s was pretty great.
What would you do if you had a whole day off to yourself? I would definitely sleep in. Then I would have a leisurely bagel breakfast with my great roommates. Then maybe a sweaty dance class followed by a nice bath. After that I think I’d like to spend time outdoors walking around New York, go to a museum or a movie in the afternoon, cook dinner for friends in the evening and then go out dancing.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a dancer? If I weren’t a dancer, I’d be in Rio de Janeiro right now, speaking Portuguese, conducting a research project, doing a lot of capoeira, traveling etc.
What’s on your bucket list? Go to Turkey, go to Cuba, learn French well, perform in Europe, have a backyard.
Odd fact about you? My feet are dyed red right now because I’ve been performing in a puddle of fake blood in Parsifal at the Met!
Where are you from and what makes that place unique? I’m originally from Ojai, CA. A couple things that make it special: it is completely surrounded by mountains, and covered in orange groves and avocado trees. And you can’t go outside without running into at least 10 people you know.
Do you have any siblings? I have one 16 year old brother. He is an awesome bassist.
What would you do with a whole day off? Grab some coffee and head to the park with my journal and ipod.
Book- The Alchemist
Movie- Garden State
Music- The Beatles
Dessert- Anything chocolate
Dance companies- Batsheva, Hofesh shechter, and obviously Summation!
Best dance experience so far? Spending two summers in Israel studying Gaga.
What would you be doing if you were not a dancer? I would definitely be doing something arts-related and hopefully traveling.
What’s on your bucket list? Travel to every continent, go skydiving, have a family, return to Israel, conquer my fear of fish.
What’s a unique fact about you? As you may have guessed from my bucket list, I’m terrified of fish. All fish.