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Advice from a Pro: Movehealthier interviews PNB's Soloist, James Kirby Rogers.

Hello to all my lovely followers out there. I hope you are enjoying your day. Today, I bring to you an interview with a dear friend, an incredible dancer, and an even MORE magnificent & motivating person. His name is James Kirby Rogers and he just joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a Soloist from Kansas City Ballet. I hope you find this interview inspirational and helpful on your own quest as a person with hopes & dreams.

Meet James Kirby Rogers:

Movehealthier: James, How long have you danced professionally?

James: 6 Years.

Movehealthier: Why do you dance? James: Dance is my way of understanding the world. It is thought made physical.

Movehealthier: Dance is so much about the process, from start to finish. At this point in your career, what has been the most fulfilling process for you (from start of rehearsal to your final bow)?

James: I think working on "In the Upper Room" was such an incredible experience. I remember in that rep we were also working on a Forsythe ballet and a new Parsons work. I was in all three! The evening finished with "In the Upper Room" and to have a full evening of iconic work capped off by such a beautiful and physically demanding ballet was surreal.

Movehealthier: When the going gets tough, what do you remind yourself of? James: That the world is a big place, we are all connected, and that I am in control of my experience.

Movehealthier: Covid-19 has changed every human's perspective in some way or another. How has Covid-19 changed your perspective as a professional ballet dancer?

James: It has changed my perspective on a lot of things. The past year has brought racial inequity to the forefront of discourse in America. To listen and educate myself more deeply on the history and present state of this country and it’s racial divide has been hugely eye opening. I think this time has also changed my perspective on space. For so much of my life, high quality dance facilities have always been available to me. During the lockdown of the pandemic, that wasn’t a reality. In order to keep dancing and pursuing the art form I had to reevaluate my relationship with space, how I could dance in confined spaces, and what those spaces did to contribute to my understanding.

Movehealthier: If you could tell your supportive fans, community and audience 1 thing right now, during Covid-19, what would it be?

James: Don’t give up on dance. We are back and are better than ever.

Movehealthier: One of Movehealthier's goals is to find out why dancers' feel it's important to crosstrain and move beyond the demands of dancing. What form of cross-training do you do and why do you feel it's important to invest that additional time for yourself (when you are already committed to such a physically demanding lifestyle)?