It is our pleasure to welcome Samuel Opsal to Ballet 5:8 as a Senior Apprentice 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 am moving to Chicago from Pittsburgh, where I have been training the past two years. Originally I am from Washington State. I grew up on the eastern side of the state and went to college in Seattle.
Q. What attracted you to Ballet 5:8?
A. Both the repertoire and the small company size attracted me to the company. I enjoy working in a creative environment, so I look forward to all the new works being created. I also wanted to be in a small company to have the sense of camaraderie that is not always present in large companies.
Q. Why do you dance?
A. It is hard for me to define my love of dance. On one level there is a joy that I feel when I am dancing that is related to pushing my body’s limits. Mentally I also like the challenge that dancing provides, and the continuous struggle to improve.
Q. What is something you enjoy about Chicago or think you’ll enjoy about Chicago?
A. I am looking forward to the food, specifically the pizza. I enjoy cooking and regularly make a deep-dish pizza that I learned from my dad. However, I have never eaten a Chicago style pizza that was actually made in Chicago.
Q. What is one thing people will be surprised to learn about you?
A. I think many people would be surprised that I can be quite goofy. The first impression that I give is generally composed and sometimes serious. Once you get to know me I start to show my quirks. These become very evident if you see me do improvisational dance.
Q. What are you most looking forward to about this performing season?
A. As I said before I really am looking forward to all the new works. I especially like partnering so the piece Before the Vows has caught my interest. Additionally, I look forward to touring with the company and sharing the work with audiences around the country.