Spotlight

Spotlight on the Stars: Colby Foss

Posted on: June 5th, 2012 by admin

 

 

Colby performing in An Occasional Dream set to the music of David Bowie.

Colby Foss began his dance training in Fargo, North Dakota, at age 15. At the time, he enjoyed performing in musical theater, and the director of his middle school production asked him to be the boy in a dance studio’s version of The Velveteen Rabbit. He was required to be enrolled in a dance class to be eligible, so he took a ja class. And the rest is history, he says.

“I love how dance provides a medium to use one’s own body to create art,” says Colby. “You don’t need brushes or instruments, just yourself. It’s a wonderful combination of athleticism and artistry.”

Colby graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona in 2008 with a BFA in dance. He taught and performed with Ballet Magnificat in Tucson, before joining BNC. Now in his fourth season at BNC, Colby has performed in Garrett Ammon’s An Occasional Dream and No Passengers, as well as works by Ma Cong, Joshua Blake Carter and Jon Sloven. He will be appearing in the special encore performance of Garrett Ammon’s Rock Ballets, June 8th.

“Rock Ballets is my favorite BNC production because it’s fresh in my mind,” Colby says. “There’s a lot of great dancing in there. And great tunes!”

Currently, Colby spends 40 hours per week preparing for his next performance. He loves to rock out to his favorite rock song “Live and Let Die” by the Beatles. He loves the song because it reminds him to be his own person and forge his own path, regardless of what society may expect.

When Colby’s not dancing, you can find him hiking, practicing yoga and catching up on his Hulu queue. And did we mention he loves to eat? Colby loves all things Indian. If he wasn’t a dancer he would definitely want to be a judge on Top Chef.

Don’t miss Colby’s next performance in Rock Ballets on June 8th at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.  Tickets start at $15 for Lawn seats. Buy tickets now!

Spotlight on the Stars: Get to Know Julia Meng

Posted on: April 5th, 2012 by jamie-melaragno

 

This is Julia’s ninth season with Ballet Nouveau Colorado. She trained with Maria Vegh, former director of the Harkness House in NYC, and also studied at the Joffrey Ballet and American Repertory Ballet. Before joining BNC, she danced with David Taylor Dance Theater, Boulder Ballet and Colorado Ballet. Favorite roles with BNC include Garrett Ammon’s When the Power Goes Out, No Passengers,  For The Love of Pete, and Sarah Tallman’s See Yourself.  Julia has also been featured in new works by Amy Seiwert, Alex Ketley, Robert Sher-Macherndal, Heather Maloy, Mark Godden and Lauri Stallings. She has also choreographed four works for BNC and has been a teacher at the School of BNC since 2002.

When did you start dancing and why?  When I was 5 years old. I have an older sister who use to dance and I wanted to do it too.

What do you love most about dance?  I love the way my body feels when it’s moving, streching, working. I especially love pieces that are physically challenging.

Which BNC production has been your favorite and why?  My favorite piece is ”No Passengers”.  I love the music and it was a lot of fun to create.

What do you do in your free time when you’re not dancing?  I have a 8 month old daughter so I don’t really have any “free time”.  When I’m not dancing I spend all my time with her and my husband.

Fun Facts

Favorite Color:  Blue

Favorite Food:  Pineapple fried rice!!!

Favorite Quote:  “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be.” Mahatma Gandhi

One thing you can’t live without:  My daughter

Rock Ballets Questions:

What is your favorite rock song, and what does it mean to you?  Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matter’s “ -“forever trust in who we are, and nothing else matters…” It was the first time a song really struck me and I learned a lot about myself.  Tod’s “Aenema” helps me vent when I’m having a bad day.

What is your favorite song by David Bowie?  My Favorite is actually a Bowie/Queen collaboration… “Under Pressure”.

Spotlight on the Stars: Get to Know Julie King

Posted on: March 25th, 2012 by admin

 

Julie King has been with BNC since 2005. She has danced leading roles in Garrett Ammon’s Once Was a Time I Thought, Love of My Life and Moulin Rouge. She has also performed in Joshua Blake Carter’sMothertongue and Ma Cong’s Passion, There. Before joining BNC, the Lansdale, Pennsylvania native trained with David Taylor Dance Theatre and at Virginia School of the Arts. After graduation she danced with Ballet Austin, where she was featured in Steven Mills’ The Nutcracker, as well as with Nashville Ballet, where she danced roles in Romeo and JulietRobin Hood, and Giselle.

Julie King & Jason Franklin performing to the music of Queen. Photo by David Jennings

When did you start dancing and why?

I started dancing when I was 4 and just fell in love with it immediately.
 

What do you love most about dance? I’m a shy person, so I love the ability to express myself. I also really enjoy the physical challenge of it, and freedom. Although I’m shy I feel most at home and content on stage performing.

Which BNC production has been your favorite? I don’t have a favorite production. It would be hard to pick because they are all so different, and therefore special to me in different ways.

 

What do you do in your free time when you’re not dancing? I enjoy cooking and watching movies.

If you weren’t a dancer what would your dream job be? I can’t really imagine having a different job. I love animals…but I don’t think I could be as happy as I am doing anything else.

What is one thing you can’t live without? Air.

What inspires you? Music, other dancers, the process of everyone coming together to create something greater than the sum of its parts.

Words to live by: “Put on your big girl panties and deal with it.”

Julie King & Damien Patterson performing to the music of INXS.

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Food: Dessert

Fun Fact: I’m obsessed with zombies. Zombie movies, tv shows and books. I can’t get enough!

Favorite Rock Song: "This is hard for me beacuse I always have many "favorites." Right now I would have to say Everlong by the Foo Fighters because it always inspires me."

You can see Julie’s next performance in Rock Ballets on April 13-15 at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School.

Spotlight on the Stars: Get to Know Marian Faustino

Posted on: March 22nd, 2012 by admin

 

Marian Faustino performs in Love in the Digital Age. (Photo: Amanda Tipton)

At age 10, Marian Faustino was a competitive gymnast. Her mom put her in a ballet class to help improve her floor routine. At age 13, Marian was uprooted from her hometown in Virginia when her parents decided to move to the Philippines. Although she was unhappy about the change at the time, she soon began to discover the Filipino culture and language through dance.

She began training as a professional dancer in the Philippines. She performed soloist and principal roles with Ballet Manila and Ballet Philippines, and was also a Philippine representative in several international ballet competitions. Marian returned to the U.S. to dance in Nashville with Dance Theatre of Tennessee.

Since joining Ballet Nouveau Colorado last August, Marian has been pushed to try new things.

“I really loved BNC+Redline: A Shared Experience in Art. Working with Maurya Kerr was a really interesting experience,” says Marian. “While she was creating her piece, I remember feeling almost uncomfortable, and that I had never been asked to more that way ever in my entire life. But it was a good discomfort, in that it made me try something new.”

Although the show forced Marian to step outside her boundaries, pushing her limits is exactly what Marian loves most about dance.

“I love that dance presents you with new challenges everyday,” she says. “You have to push the limits of your body, or find different ways of expressing yourself through movement. I love that it seems to slow time down and allows people to examine life, relationships, and emotions a little more closely.”

Marian Faustino performs with Colby Foss in BNC+Redline: A Shared Experience in Art. (Photo: Amanda Tipton)

When Marian isn’t dancing, she leads a low-key life spending time at home, reading books or articles, catching up on TV shows, watching movies or enjoying good food. One thing she misses about the Philippines is the delicious food. Her favorite dish is called ginataang kalabasa, a combination of squash and string beans cooked in coconut milk with ginger and shrimp.

Marian also has a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of the Philippines. If she wasn’t dancing, she would look for work as a preschool teacher. But putting in up to 50 hours a week in the dance studio, Marian’s free time is limited.

Right now Marian and the other dancers are preparing for Rock Ballets in April. She says that although she didn’t grow up listening to Queen, David Bowie, or INXS, she is enjoying connecting with the piece.

“I didn’t really grow up listening to these artists, so I don’t really have a emotional connection to the music, but it is definitely a cool process developing that connection and getting to know all of the songs as we dance to them and hear them more and more,” she says.

Come see Marian’s performance in Rock Ballets on April 13-15 at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School.