It is our pleasure to welcome Antonio Fernández to Ballet 5:8 as a Company Artist for the 2016-2017 Season. Here on the blog, we are asking each of the new dancers a few questions so we can get to know them ahead of the upcoming season.
Q. Where will you be coming to Ballet 5:8 from? Where are you from originally?
A. I will be coming from dancing with Ballet Fantastique; from Eugene, Oregon. I was born in Dominican Republic but raised mostly in NYC.
Q. What attracted you to Ballet 5:8?
A. Sharing and discussing faith through dance is what attracted me to Ballet 5:8.
Q. Why do you dance?
A. I dance not because I like it or love it for that matter, but because it gives me an outlet to reach to the audience through my movements and expression. I dance because it challenges me to strive, to reach, to search, and to give my truest self to the audience.
Q. What is something you enjoy about Chicago or think you’ll enjoy about Chicago?
A. I think I will enjoy the vast of different arts around town. As well as the great flamenco scene that there is!
Q. What is one thing people will be surprised to learn about you?
A. I don't like spicy food.
Q. What are you most looking forward to about this performing season?
A. To be able to perform with fellow believers and to grow in my walk with Christ.