Here is an extract of our latest guest post for Dance Pulp, an interview with Ballet Black’s Damien Johnson. In case you didn’t know, Dance Pulp has just kicked off its Season 2 and the site is now updated with new video interviews and other dance goodies. We recommend you drop by for a visit.
Damien Johnson is a dancer with Ballet Black in London. As the longest serving member of Ballet Black, Damien has been featured in many Company works by choreographers that include Irek Mukhamedov, Antonia Franceschi, Liam Scarlett, Richard Alston and Bawren Tavaziva.
1. What is your breakfast of choice?
â€œI pretty much have the same thing everyday, I have porridge and a banana, plus I drink an espresso.â€
2. What is your pre-performance ritual?
â€œUsually I get my iPod â€“ I use NY teacher Willie Bermanâ€™s ballet music CD â€“ I give myself a barre again.. then just get in that corner, stretch, get everything together and warm up. I usually do another barre an hour before when all is readyâ€¦ with the make up on and everything.â€
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4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Where do you see dance in 10 years?
â€œIn 10 years I donâ€™t know if Iâ€™ll still be dancing but hopefully Iâ€™ll be teaching. I teach once a week for Ballet Blackâ€™s associate program and I enjoy it a lot. As for dance, it just keeps evolvingâ€¦ Iâ€™m sure the younger generation will have higher legs and be doing more pirouettes.â€
5. What gives you inspiration?
â€œA lot of the music that we dance to gives me inspiration. Classical music in general. Mozart is my absolute favorite.â€
6. What are your biggest vices or indulgences?
â€œRed wine and a hot bath. Together!â€
7. Whatâ€™s the biggest challenge youâ€™ve faced in your career?
â€œTrying to be constantly improving, staying freshâ€¦ not just hitting a rut. To keep going is always a challenge but doing things outside of the studio like Pilates and Gyrotonics help keep you in the studio for longer.â€
Read the full interview at Dance Pulp.