John Selya- Award Winning Dancer

When I hear music I close my eyes and what a feeling. I am told I am a manic on the dance floor some even call me crazy. I am tired of dancing all by myself and most with people with no rhythm! So get into the groove and  throw on your tap, jazz or ballet shoes and join me on the dance floor. If you are not a dancer but came to watch dancers. Don't forget they are human as you ignore their faces and don't ask them their names. Some of you even hired them to be a private dancer "just for you" well everybody pull out your Americans Express, because this dancer I am about to introduce to you, gets paid a lot of money. Leaving ladies with lip stick smeared on their teeth and men jealous loosening their collars. He has passion, he has rhythm and he dances for his life. It gives me dance technique pleasure to introduce the man of movement, the very handsome and talented John Selya a professional dancer and choreographer.

John Selya SMILE FOR A DANCE!


 
John Selya is in the Broadway musical Come Fly Away, by Twyla Tharp, that opened in March 2010. He also appeared in the Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls as Scranton Slim, in Damn Yankees as Eddie/Mambo Dancer. He played the character "Eddie" in the show Movin' Out for which he received the 2003 Tony and Drama Desk nominations for Best Male Dancer and Lead Actor in a Musical and won the 2003 TDF/Astaire Award for Best Male Dancer in a Musical and the Theater World Award. In the spring of 2008, Mr. Selya premiered two works, "Tweaker" and "La Voix Humaine" at the Joyce SoHo, where he was awarded a choreographic residency.Selya was born in New York City and trained at the School of American Ballet. He joined the American Ballet Theatre in 1988 and in 2000 joined Twyla Tharp Dance.
 
He has the moves and I got the motion, time for us to cause a commotion. Circle around readers here is Mr. John Selya.


 
David
Hey there dancer! Thanks for turning off the music and taking the time out to tap words with me?


 
John
You're welcome David Prince of Media!

John Selya


 
David
As a dancer  you express ideas, stories, rhythm, and sound with your body. What is the ultimate message you want to express as a dancer?
 


John
The ultimate message? I would have to say the ultimate message is to convey the choreographer's vision through my own physical filter thereby producing a hopefully interesting display of contrasts and unexpected movement.

 
 
David
Dancers are an admirable bunch of people that go through extraordinary stress because it's a very difficult  career. What inspired you to choose a dance career?


 
John
I chose this path because I love dancing. It is never boring, always a challenge and most of all, the people I have worked with and met through the art form are amazing and ever-inspiring. It only truly gets stressful when I can't dance.
 


David
Dancers are known to be among the most passionate and dedicated of artists and rarely take their work for granted. What other art forms do you appreciate or would like to dance into?


 
John
There isn't an art form or a physical practice I don't appreciate.


 
David
At age ten you were accepted into the School of American Ballet, the official training ground for New York City Ballet. What was that experience like for you?
 


John
I "followed" my sister into the School. I wanted to be in the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center, and that's how you get there. So, It was a means to an end.

THE BOY GOT MOVES! John Selya

David
Dancing with the feet is one thing but dancing with the heart is another, can you describe the difference in emotions for you?


 
John
Great question! First you have to be able to dance with the feet before you can even think about dancing with the heart. But when you dance from your heart you are not thinking about the technique. You are not even thinking. You are just totally immersed in the character or the music or ultimately BOTH. It can be the most rewarding feeling and hopefully it is shared by both you and the spectator.
 


David
What is the biggest misconception most people have of you?

 
John
I shudder to think! Maybe that I am confident and secure.

 
David
What do you enjoy more,  dancing or being a choreographer?


 
John
I could never choose! They are totally different pursuits-I enjoy both equally as much as long as they are both COLLABORATIVE.


 
David
What frustration you as a dancer/ choreographer?

 
John
The biggest frustration are the times there isn't anywhere to dance on a stage, or anyone to make a piece with with.


 
David
What advice can you give anyone struggling to enter into the world of dance?

 
John
Dance because you love it, work on your technique because you hate it.


 
David
Those are great words to live by. John thank you much for taking the time out to talk dance. I wish you never stop the movement of your body that comes from the soul and beat of your heart. You are a great talent that the world of dance appreciates.

 

Readers as John said when you dance from the heart you are not thinking and for me when dancing there is not a thought in my mind. I dance as the music plays. I get into the groove, my body displays through the dance. My passion makes it clear. I dance because I love to express everything that I feel. What is the dance of living if you are never going to let your body move to the sound of music.

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