Why did you decide to study abroad?
At the age of nine, I migrated to the United States, where I began my dance training in Salsa on2, and flamenco under the direction of Yvonne Gutierrez. At the age of 16, I began to transition into modern and classical ballet at the Abrons Art Center under the leadership of Daniel Catanach and the Cultural Arts Center under the guidance of Kelly Garcia. I also spend many summer training at Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts where I had the opportunity to train under Freddie de Jesus, Earl Mosley, Julian Barnett, and Alenka Cizmesijia. I then enrolled in Long Island University BFA Dance program under the direction of Dana Hash-Campbell where I worked with amazing faculty and guest artists such as Alexandra Beller, Stephanie Lapis, Devalois Fearon, Andres Tyson, Nate Hunt, Anya Clark, and Gregory Dolbashian.
One of the obstacles I face as a dancer is finding my identity in the dance world. I don’t know where I fit in dance. Sometimes I feel invisible because of how shy, socially awkward and odd I am in a room full of dancers. I plan to overcome this obstacle by continue to build confidence and embracing my awkwardness and oddness. I think the best strength in a human body is awareness and acceptance of self-identity. The International Journey Abroad Program with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel is the perfect opportunity to extensd my dance training, and continue to develop myself as an artist and citizen of the world. By learning from the best teachers, dancers and choreographers in Israel throigh ballet, modern, contemprary, Gaga, improvisation, composition and choreogrpahy, Hebrew courses, community outreach development and tours throughtput Israel is the best way to indulge in the Israel culture. Secondly, I’m extremely curious about the creation of movement and the various approach to contemporary work. I also enjoy choreographing and the challenges it creates for me. I would like to continue to search for my choreographic voice and continue to dig deeper into who Chantal is as a dancer, and choreographer by exploring different movement vocabularies.