Dancer Blake Dalton performs with Several Dancers Core, Beacon Dance, Gardenhouse Dance and other modern dance companies around town. When not dancing, he works as a barista at Decatur's Java Monkey ... mostly for the free espresso. He is currently at work on "Finding Clear," a multimedia piece. To see him in action, check out www.orangemancreative.com/video/html/throatsinging.html.
How did you get your start in dance?
I decided to take some dance classes just for fun. ... One day we had to do a prop study. A friend of mine had just gotten beaten up the other day, and it was on my mind. So I tied my hands and feet together and put a big iron ring in my nose -- like a gargoyle -- then I had a knife flashing around and I cut the ropes and started spewing a lot of blood around. The teacher came up to me afterward and asked me if I wanted to perform in a modern dance company.
What's the coolest thing you ever did in a dance?
Circo Zero -- the punk-rock version of Cirque du Soleil -- came to town, and this organization in Athens [Ideas for Creative Exploration] set up this one-day event. A bunch of musicians and writers and dancers came together ... and we just spent the whole day creating a piece.
Our piece ... took place outside under a magnolia tree in spring during a thunderstorm. Near the end, I was up the tree, mostly naked, playing an electric guitar, showering the audience with parts of poems that were performed in the work.
What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Besides espresso? Playing really thick, sludgy, simplistic, bone-crunching heavy metal.
Little harsh, in'it?
Oh that's right...I DID say enjoy yourself.
Go to hell Kombo!
When will you be accepting applicants for the 2014 competition?
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