CASE STUDY

Dance & Astronomy

Enrico Paglialunga

Introduction

My name is Enrico.

I am originally from Italy, near Rome, in a small city.

Since 2014, I have been living Germany. My home town in Italy is a small place.

When I was very young, I became interested in dance when my sister was taking dance classes. It took me some time to make the decision to study dance. By that time, I was about 14. Since then, I never stopped dancing. It has been 15 years that I relate daily with this practice.

My journey to pursuit a dance career 

I would love briefly tell you what I did in my dance career.

My home town is a small town which is in a way similar to Amman where there are just a dance schools available, no further study in dance in university.

At that time, there was only one big institution in dance in Rome which is near my home town.

The only big institute is focused on Ballet and classical training. I immediately understood that this institute was not for me.

I did not want to only explore dance as a ballet dancer.

So I decided not to go there and structure my own studying program.

I started in Rome with my professional education, then I started to follow other teachers in Italy through seminars and workshops.

That followed by a 3-month-program in New York. In New York, I have expended my horizon. I noticed that the dance scene was very much influenced by the musical scene, such as the Broad Way.

I was very motivated with my experiences in New York and believed that I was going the right direction. Later I went back to Europe and continued my training. Slowly I felt that I was ready to get my first job.

Therefore, I joined an audition. After some try-outs, a few rejections, traveling from one country to another, I received a contract in Germany in 2014.

Since then, I have been working as a full-time dancer. Around four years ago, I started my career as a choreographer. I consider myself rather fresh in the choreographic field. I am still learning from senior choreographers, getting inspired from their working methods.

It took me some time to develop my own working method. At the moment, I would say my working method is defined. Still, there are a lot to discover in the field.