Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara Pizzi.
Sara, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
This is my third year that I live in New York but I’m from a small city in the north of Italy. Since I was a child, I demonstrated passion and interest in arts and sports. I started my approach to dance when I was six years old and I remember my mother told me that one day after school, I ran to her saying, “Mom! Do you see his building? Inside someone is teaching dance! Can I dance, please?”. Apparently, dance was already inside me. My first training was of ballet and modern techniques, but when I turned ten years old, I discover Hip Hop style and I fell in love. I spent the rest of my years in Italy training and working as a hip hop dancer and other styles.
Few years later, I arrived at the end of my high school studies and I find myself in a drastic situation where I should choose to continue pursuing my studies applying to university, quitting dance or find a way to continue my dance career. The faith chooses for me. Really randomly, I attended a dance workshop with the choreographer Davis Robertson and he gave me the opportunity to study in a professional dance program in one of the best academy in New York City. Here I am and I’m feeling so blessed to be here.
Has it been a smooth road?
It is not easy. Being an artist, It is not easy at all. Because we choose a not-ordinary way to express ourselves, so we are always going to find someone that doesn’t understand or disagree with us. It is harder for dancers because differently from other artists, we don’t use words or imagines to express our concepts but movements through the body.
Body. Another thing that we have to deal with. Our body becomes our instrument of expression: it is not just about to care about it, but also it is about a deep conversation with it and understanding of it in all these forms and abilities. Mostly for women that we pass through moments of evolutions and change of the body, it could not be so easy.
Also, particularly for women but also in general, there are too many dancers and it is so easy to feel disposable. By the way, in my opinion, nowadays there are a lot of movers and there is a lack of artists and the world is not looking for the best one, but for the missing one. You don’t need to be special to be unique. Be yourself. Trust in yourself. You are art. And it is never to lake to become who you wanna be. To be an artist, you just need a message, trust in it and work for it.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
In June, I’m graduating from the dance academy Peridance Capezio Center of New York. I attend the international professional dance Certificate Program. In those years, I focus my training in contemporary dance approaching classes like contemporary style dance classes, improvisation, partnering, composition, choreography, floor work, tricks, etc. but I also train in ballet and modern techniques. Thanks to this program, I also approach music, voice, dance theater, dance criticism, floor barre, anatomy and dance history. During my training, I had the opportunity to work as a choreographer, artist and performer. I collaborate and dance for international choreographer like Nicholas Palmquist, Julie Magneville, Marjikae Eliasberg, Jana Hicks, Julia Ehrstrand, Max Stone, Alison Cook, Elisabetta Munitoli, etc.
Recently also I start to collaborate with photographers as a model and in the last months, I increase this activity. I had some works in progress with other artists as a performer, choreographer, model, dancer in music video and I hope to continue working on it since I have more time because I’m finishing my studies and I hope I can collaborate also with visual artist soon.
Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
Yes, I do. I know that it could sound sad in a way but it was the most useful thing to built myself. The situation of never be enough. Constantly facing situations where people or teachers never support me or trust in my ability. Don’t have talent but be a hard worker. More people did not trust in me. More I was working to show to myself that I was able to do it. Hard work everyday. Never pursuing an easy way, but never give up. Always struggle for achieving my goals. Working hard for everything you want in life teaches you the value of the things and even if it is not easy, I can really appreciate now what I have.
And also the most important thing: the support of my parents, most of my mother. I cannot be anywhere without her.
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