Christopher Bloom is from Middletown, VA where he started training at the Vostrikov's Academy of Ballet at the age of 15. Christopher trained as a scholarship student at the Ballet and Contemporary Dance Programs in the School at Jacob's Pillow under Anna-Marie Holmes and Milton Myers. He holds a B.F.A. from The Ailey/Fordham BFA Dance program where he had the opportunity to perform works by Sidra Bell, Francesca Harper, Camille A. Brown, Jennifer Muller, Paul Taylor and Alvin Ailey. He has performed professionally with 360º Dance Company, Thang Dao Dance Company, VonUssar DanceWorks, Parsons Dance and with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. This is his first season with PCDC.
See some amazing photos/videos/other stuff on his website
Peridance Capezio Center What did you do over the summer?
Christopher Bloom It was my first summer after college so after moving to my new apartment I worked with several companies. I was privileged to go to Steamboat Springs CO with the Thang Dao Dance Company to perform in the annual Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival. After that I joined VON USSAR danceworks for their Summer Stage performances.
P.C.C What is your first memory of performing?
C.B. My first performance was with my old band, According to Hoyle, when I was 12 years old. We played NYE 2002 for our debut. I was the youngest person in the band and was so nervous to get onstage with them that I threw up before the show. As it turned out we were a huge local hit and we sold out of all the copies of our demo.
P.C.C What is your favorite snack?
C.B. Potato chips
P.C.C What songs are 'most played' on your ipod?
C.B. I actually don't use an iPod but I think it would probably be "Boy With A Coin" by Iron and Wine, "Dust Bowl Dance" by Mumford and Sons, "Skinny Love" by Bon Iver and "Blacken the Cursed Sun" by Lamb of God (metal gets me pumped).
P.C.C Where do you go/what do you do in New York when you have a day off?
C.B. Usually I go to the gym and then go to a new NYC park. I love walking around and seeing what there is to see. It is also nice to see a blade of grass from time to time. Lately I have been so busy that my rare days off are spent doing laundry, grocery shopping and writing all the emails that I had been putting off for lack of time.
P.C.C Do you have any favorite quotes/ words that you live by?
C.B. Personal motto
"The only thing in the world that matters is your life and what you do with it"
"Citius, Altius, Fortius".
"All evil is ignorance" Plato
"Man is the measure of all things" Plato
"A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions" Marcus Aurelius
"Love is value" Ayn Rand
P.C.C A list of your favorite things (as many things as you can think of!)
C.B. Steak, Bacon, Peaches, Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Sweet Potatoes, Beer, Dance, History books, reading in general. learning, conversing (intelligently), spending time with my family and girlfriend, working out, the sun, dressing well (when I can manage it), living in NYC, leaving NYC, Returning to NYC, Music, playing music, playing soccer, Seeing a great dance show, Watching movies and certain TV shows
P.C.C What is your favorite thing about Peridance Contemporary Dance Company?
C.B. There are a lot of reasons that I already am excited about the company. The first is Igal. I have known him for a couple of years now and I think it will be fantastic to work with/for him. Secondly, I am excited to be in the Peridance space every day. The facility is wonderful and has so much openness and energy. The thing I am most excited about is the variety of work we will have in our rep. There aren't that many repertory companies our there in comparison to how many companies there are that are based around the work of a single choreographer. The chance to broaden my skills and perform work by men and women like Igal Perry, Ohad Naharin, Enzo Celli and Sidra Bell is hugely exciting for me.