DANIEL HARDER, GHRAI DEVORE, JEROBOAM BOZEMAN, and FANA TASFAGIORGIS are members of the NEW YORK CITY-based ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER who are DANCERS MAKING Their DREAMS Come TRUE, and they cover the new issue of ROLLING OUT!!!
Here are some interview highlights:
DANIEL HARDER says;
“I really can’t put into words what it means to be a part of the Ailey company. I just know that there’s an immense joy that I feel coming to work every day. And regardless of the days that my back may hurt and my neck won’t move or we’re on tour and it’s week 16 and I’m looking at the same faces; I know that we’re all in it together and I just feel a large amount of joy and excitement in coming to work every day. It really is incredible. It’s a blessing in being able to do what you love to do and share it with people all over. I think we all take joy in that.”FANA TASFAGIORGIS says;
“We spend so much time in the studio working physically, but I like to prepare spiritually and mentally what I’m going to be thinking for each piece and each moment in the performing season,” she explains. “… Our goal is to share something with the audience. No matter what we’re doing. So I just take the time to reflect on what each piece means to me and to all of us. Moments like that help me prepare for the season, mentally.”GHRAI DEVORE says;
“There’s such a rich history here. It’s my mother, my grandmother — everybody that I’ve ever known knows about the Ailey company,” she says. “And to be even a small part of that is really important for the people that come behind me because they’re going to see the work that I’m doing now and maybe be inspired and it might make them want to pursue dance or at least strive for something, and I think that’s really important.”JEROBOAM BOZEMAN says;
“I’d always been attracted to movement and dance growing up. I was a child that was mute, who didn’t really speak much; and my form of communication was American Sign Language. I was introduced to dance and dance helped me express myself freely. I remember when I attended my junior high school, there were posters of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater all over the studio and I’d think ‘Oh, I wanna be there, I wanna dance there.’ Back then, when I was younger, a young boy from Brooklyn trying to be a dancer for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, I just felt it wasn’t attainable. It was a dream. Now that I have the opportunity to be here, it’s such an honor.”-CCG