As many have pointed out, the United States is a country of immigrants. Recently, however, access to our country has been threatened. So it makes us appreciate the times when people from all over the world were welcomed here.
I’ll bet each of you could come up with a long list of dancers, teachers or choreographers who came to the U.S. to start a new life and have inspired you. My list is below. But first, two quotes:
“In America, the foreigner is “more American than anybody,” — George Balanchine, quoted in Dance Ink, Winter 1992/93
“Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” — Jean Rhys
One could say the same of dancing, as it has a way of finding aesthetic homes for those who are committed to their dance lives.
Here is my list, organized alphabetically:
Current Artistic Directors
Sophiline Cheam Shapiro
Lorena Feijóo and Lorna Feijóo
Yuan Yuan Tan