Monday, October 22, 2012

Meet Christopher Bloom!

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 360ยบ 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.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Meet Micah Savin!


Micah Savin began training at the age of 17 in Carlsbad, California. He has received training from Muriel Maffre, Maurya Kerr, Augusta Moore, and Edouard Kouzmitch and trained at the Edge Performing Arts Center. He was accepted to California Institute of the Arts, where he refined his dancing to focus primarily on modern, contemporary, and ballet styles. He recently graduated from the Alonzo King Lines Ballet Training Program. Micah has performed works by artists including with Greg Dawson, James Wallace, Laura Bernasconi, Carmen Rozestraten, Amanda Miller, LeeWei Chao, Sunny Chen, and Nathan Trice.


Peridance Capezio Center What did you do over the summer?
Micah Savin I found myself traveling around the USA teaching Ballet. It has been so great to see so many of friends opening successful studios, and pursuing their love of teaching. While traveling, I took a risk and decided to move to New York City. Within a month, I was offered a job with Peridance. I was thrilled!

P.C.C What is your first memory of performing?
M.S I have been a performer my entire life! As a child, I would dress up in my sister's tutus and become the infamous Miss Michelle. Miss Michelle happened to be my first dance teacher.

P.C.C What is your favorite snack?
M.S Cider donuts dipped in tapioca pudding! It is absolute heaven.

P.C.C What songs are 'most played' on your ipod?
M.S "Blue Bicycle" by Hauschka, "You Oughta Know"by Alanis Morissette, "Our Song"by The XX.

P.C.C Where do you go/what do you do in New York when you have a day off?
M.S This past Summer, I found myself doing yoga in Central or Prospect Park. I feel like I can escape the world there. I am an admirer of rooftop adventures. On the colder days there isn't a better thing in the world than a nice bowl of Ramen.

P.C.C Do you have any favorite quotes/ words that you live by?
M.S “Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.” - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

“Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.” Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” -Ernest Hemingway

P.C.C A list of your favorite things (as many things as you can think of)!
M.S Foggy mornings. Books in bed. Saturday morning cartoons. Funky friends. Cup of JOE. Anime. My Mom. John Varvatos. Fattening pastries. Iron&Wine. Pregnant women in Lululemon. Silent cackles. Smiling.

P.C.C What is your favorite thing about Peridance Contemporary Dance Company?
M.S Every morning I am so excited to work with such a patient and passionate man as Igal. He inspires me to push myself, while at the same time acknowledge the talent and beauty I possess. Coming into this company I admire the unique artistic voices of the company members. Igal's perception of beauty is one of his strongest attributes as an Artistic Director.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Meet the Dancers of PCDC!

Today is the first day of rehearsals for Peridance Contemporary Dance Company's
2012-2013 Season!

Meet the dancers, including 8 new faces! 

Christopher Bloom         
Joanna DeFelice            
Stefan Dolbashian          
Nikki Holck                    
Noelle Kayser                 
Youngsil Kim                  
Leigh Lijoi
Yesid Lopez
Madison McPhail
Justin Mock
Midori Nonaka
Micah Savin
Zach Thomas
Eila Valls

You can read their bios on the PCDC website!

The Periblog will post weekly interviews with the dancers, highlighting one performer each week. Read these posts to find out whose favorite food is bacon, and whose favorite songs are "Blue Bicycle" by Hauschka, "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette and "Our Song" by The XX.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Today is a Procrastinator's BEST DAY EVER!

The deadline to apply to be a part of Peridance's APAP Showcases on January 12th and 13th, 2013 has been extended to October 15th, 2012!

Following its successful 2012 APAP debut, Peridance Capezio Center is proud to once again present choreographers for the 2013 Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference in the renowned Salvatore Capezio Theater. Choreographers interested in being presented by Peridance will need to complete an online Application Form (Application Deadline - October 15th, 2012. $50 application fee).

Performances are during the weekend of January 11th-13th, 2013.