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Dance for You: Interview to Joaquín de Luz

dance-for-you_cover-76Joaquín de Luz takes his bite at the ‘Big Apple’

IRATXE DE ARANTZIBIA/ DANCE FOR YOU

The American Dream must have seemed a utopian dream for a boy from San Fernando de Henares –a small town 14 kms away from Madrid- who, in the early 80s, was taking his first ballet lessons from Víctor Ullate. However, he did not only made his debut in VU’s ballet (1992-1995) but took a leap to the USA, where he has developed most of his career: Pennsylvania Ballet (1996-1997), American Ballet Theatre (1997-2002) and from 2003, New York City Ballet (NYCB). Principal Dancer in the NYCB since 2005, De Luz, was awarded the “Oscar of ballet” (Benois de la Danse award) in 2009, and has recently been awarded the Spanish National Dance Award. In this interview for DANCE FOR YOU, Joaquín de Luz reflects on his career and recent successes.

At age 40, how do you feel at this point of your career?

I’m at the best moment of my life and career, where I enjoy at its fullest every moment I have onstage; I go out there as if it was the last. And even though I have to do a lot of extra work to keep it finely tuned, my body is responding. There are always unachieved goals. I would have liked to dance at Teatro Real in Madrid (Royal Theatre) and for The Spanish Royal Family, and collaborate with Ballet Nacional de España (Spanish National Ballet) –one of my favorite companies in the world. But there are also things that I hope to achieve before I retire. I’m transitioning into the health and conditioning world. 8 years ago, I had a bad injury in my back. Three different doctors told me I would have to quit dancing. Through research, and developing a program at the gym, I found a way to stay away from surgery and to continue dancing. I have now designed a successful strengthening/injury prevention program for NYCB both for dancers and non dancers, which I hope to be teaching to trainers from other companies.

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Joaquín de Luz in George Balanchine’s ´Tarantella´ ©Photo by Paul Kolnik/NYCB.

Joaquín de Luz in George Balanchine’s ´Tarantella´. ©Photo by Paul Kolnik/NYCB.

 

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Dance for You: Interview to Elisa Carrillo Cabrera

elisa-carrillo-cabrera_dance-for-you_cover-75The Mexican Snow White

IRATXE DE ARANTZIBIA/ DANCE FOR YOU 

To be the first Mexican performer to become Principal Dancer in an important European company turned Elisa Carrillo Cabrera (36 years old) into a celebrity in her country. Born in Texcoco (Mexico) she took her first ballet steps at the age of six. Trained in the Escuela Nacional de Danza Clásica (Classical Dance National School), in Mexico, and in the English National Ballet School, she made her professional debut in the Stuttgart Ballet in 1999, where she was promoted to soloist.

Following her heart, in 2007 she headed with her husband Mikhail Kaniskin for the Staatsballett, in Berlin, which was then directed by Vladimir Malakhov. She had to pay dearly for her decision since she joined the ballet as demi-soloist, although in 2011 she was promoted to Principal Dancer.

Today a happy mother of a baby daughter, the Mexican artist is moved by emotion when sharing with DANCE FOR YOU some of the key episodes in her successful professional trajectory.

How did you get involved in ballet?

My family comes from a very humble background, and although they always liked classical music, they had nothing to do with dance. I came into ballet by chance. When we moved to Mexico City my mother enroll me in ballet lessons because she wanted me to have a good back posture, and the teacher said I had a natural flair for it. When I was six they took me to watch “La Sylphide” at the Teatro Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Theatre), and I was fascinated by it. To be honest, there wasn’t a specific moment when I thought I’d become a professional. I just got used to that life style. I loved ballet so much and it made me so happy that it became my life. At 14 or 15, I realized that it was a choice for life.

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Elisa dancing "La Péri" in the Ballet Gala in Kremlin, Russia © Svetlana Postoenko.

Elisa dancing “La Péri” in the Ballet Gala in Kremlin, Russia © Svetlana Postoenko.

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Dance for You: Interview to Laura Morera

cover-1-dfy-nr-74Laura Morera, the muse of choreographer Liam Scarlett

IRATXE DE ARANTZIBIA/ DANCE FOR YOU

Full of energy and in the prime of her career as a dancer, Laura Morera, 38, is ready for her 22th season with The Royal Ballet in London. Born in Madrid (Spain), she started dancing at the age of 4 in África Guzmán’s dance academy in her hometown. Pushed by her ballet mistress and supported by her family, Morera moved to London to be trained at White Lodge. In 1995 she joined The Royal Ballet and was promoted to Principal Dancer 12 years after.

While still enjoying success in her previous performances –especially in Sir Frederick Ashton’s ballets- she has now become the muse of choreographer Liam Scarlett. In fact, last season she won the National Dance Award. In this interview granted to DANCE FOR YOU, Laura Morera gives an overview of her astounding career in The Royal Ballet.

This is your 22nd season at The Royal Ballet, what challenges do you have on the stage, right now?

It has been great to be in the company such a long time. Throughout the years I have developed a maturity, an understanding and acceptance of myself that allows me to enjoy everything I do now much more. I am very young at heart and have a lot of energy so combined with that these last few years have been my best I think.

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Laura Morera in La fille mal gardée © ROH/ Dave Morgan, 2012

Laura Morera in La fille mal gardée © ROH/ Dave Morgan, 2012

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Dance for You: Interview to Alicia Amatriain

Dance for You_Alicia Amatriain coverAlicia Amatriain, the happy and versatil ballerina

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Glowing with pleasure and joy, Alicia Amatriain, 35, has finished an exceptional season of awards and recognition, in which she has been named as the ” Kammertänzerin” of the State Baden-Wüttemberg (the highest honour that can be bestowed on a dancer in Germany) and has been awarded with the Faust Award and Prix Benois de la Danse (being this last one regarded as the Oscar of the ballet).

Principal dancer of Stuttgart Ballet since 2002, her story started 1400 kilometers away from Stuttgart, in a small town called San Sebastián, in the North of Spain, when Alicia’s mother signed her up to ballet classes at the age of four. A star was born. “There is no specific reason why it was ballet: it could have been judo, English or anything else”, admits.

It is said by the critics that versatility is one of her best skills. She admits having fun with the change of roles, although she enjoys the dramatic parts best. In this interview given to DANCE FOR YOU MAGAZINE, Alicia Amatriain gives a review of her lastest succes and her overwhelming career in the Stuttgart Ballet.

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P.S.: I feel really very proud of my first interview absolutely made and written in English. What’s a surprise seeing my interview to my lovely friend Alicia Amatriain as a cover of current issue of DANCE FOR YOU. It’s been a big challenge for me but now I feel happy. Danke schön to DANCE FOR YOU magazine for trust in me; thank you, Alicia, for being such an incredible ballerina and better person 😀

Alicia Amatriain in Jerome Robbins' Dances at a Gathering. Alicia Amatriain in Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering © Stuttgarter Ballett.

Alicia Amatriain in Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering. Alicia Amatriain in Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering © Stuttgarter Ballett.

 

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