session #6 with Roderick R. George
Every session I get to do is special but this one hits close to home. Meet Roderick R. George, one of my favorite people in the world. Roderick and I have been all up in each others business for a minute now. But I think it's safe to say we really started to cultivate our relationship in college at SUNY Purchase and have been close ever since. Roderick is one of those performers you can't NOT watch. He is fearless and pushes anyone he dances with to go beyond their limits. Anytime he is in town we end up in a studio bouncing ideas off each other. During this particular session we worked with some material from a class I previously taught, but as always our love for floor work and partnering kicked in and before I knew it my feet are no where near the ground. I know for a fact I dance differently when I get the chance to dance with him. It's not a conscious choice, it's not even something I can control, it's just the way it has always been and it's difficult to dance any other way after feeling that freedom of movement. Roderick is special and one of a kind. If you ever get the chance to see him perform DO IT, you won't be disappointed.
Roderick R. George began his career at Ben Stevenson’s Houston Ballet Academy and HSPVA. He was an original company member of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Sidra Bell Dance New York. Afterward he moved to Switzerland to join Ballett Basel where he worked with the likes of Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Richard Wherlock, Angelin Prejlocaj, and Jorma Elo for six seasons of my career until he joined Gothenburg Operan DansKompani dancing there for a year and a half until he was discovered by William Forsythe subsequently joining and finishing the last two seasons with his company until it closed in August 2015.