Category: Feature

Baby Driver’s Automatic Rhythms

by Jacquelyn Thayer There’s a form of lived choreography that any music lover will know intimately: you act on the rhythms of your personal soundtrack, attached to a playlist or the looped tunes in your own head. It informs the footsteps and fidgets, enhances triumph and trauma. It’s automatic. In Baby Driver, the trappings of…

From the Archives: Pasquale Camerlengo

Pasquale Camerlengo with Angelika Krylova and long-time students Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships. (Photo by Chris McGrath for Getty Images AsiaPac) by Jacquelyn Thayer Continuing our cutting room floor series, these insights from Pasquale Camerlengo were captured during a June 2015 interview. As a competitive ice dancer in…

From the Archives: Mark Pillay

by Jacquelyn Thayer Author’s Note: In summer 2015, I interviewed several top choreographers from the figure skating world for a feature in Dance International magazine’s Winter 2015 issue. Due to space limitations, some great insight was left on the cutting room floor — until now. In a new series, Moving in Measure delivers a closer…

Breens Draw from Experience in Guiding Performers

by Jacquelyn Thayer Interview originally conducted in January 2015. Since opening their Motion Arts physical therapy and conditioning office in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Veronique and Peter Breen have seen the typical woes faced by any facility working closely with high-level athletes—like the greater Detroit area’s bumper crop of elite figure skaters. “There’s always the last…

Suspending Animation: Dance photographers capture a motion

by Jacquelyn Thayer For photographers of dance, the trick of creation comes in capturing the most active of arts in still form. The challenge is the addiction for Bill Frederking, professor of photography at Chicago’s Columbia College, where he has taught since 1983. Frederking, not a dancer himself, first stepped into the field in 1989…

Dance Carries Ifraimov Across Borders, Boundaries

by Jacquelyn Thayer The ballroom has served as the better part of life’s stage for Latin professional Ilya Ifraimov. Ifraimov entered the ballroom world as a teenager in Russia, tackling first the formation team discipline before transitioning into individual competition, a move that prompted a relocation to Israel in 1995 at the age of 18…

Dancing Their Blues Away in Sweet Home Chicago

by Jacquelyn Thayer Originally published November 15, 2012. For one late Friday night a month, the Loop’s Enso Karate Dojo studio — all white walls and mirrors — is transformed into a dusky dance hall. Strings of lights embrace supporting columns while vintage blues music wails from the stereos set up at a DJ’s table…