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​Where did you grow up?

I am from Trinidad, which is the southernmost island in the Caribbean. My street has the best name, Breezy Hill Avenue!



Where have you lived?

Trinidad and New York.



Where did you receive dance training?

In Trinidad I studied at Caribbean School of Dance and I graduated with Honors from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. I’ve also attended intensives at: Dance Theatre of Harlem; San Francisco Conservatory of Dance; Hubbard Street; Gaga Intensive and Springboard Montreal.



Companies/Choreographers I’ve worked with:

Ailey II; Sidra Bell Dance NY; The Francesca Harper Project; The Met Opera; Brice Mousset/Oui Danse; Andrea Miller; Darrell Grand Moultrie and I currently work with Camille A. Brown & Dancers and Roya Carreras.



Other jobs besides “dancer”

Dance teaching artist, Gyrotonic instructor, administrative assistant, cater waiter, babysitter, figure model. 



Injury from dancing:

I have a disc herniation in my lower spine. Fortunately, this particular injury lead me to Gyrotonic and also helped to deepen my understanding of anatomy and kinesiology and how to use my intuition for constant healing.



What do you listen to when warming up for a show?

I actually prefer silence before performances. Being still and quiet helps me to calm my thoughts, increase awareness,generate energy and regulate my breathing.



What’s your method for dealing with body soreness?

Drinking lots of water and ginger tea, epsom salt baths with lavender and eucalyptus oils, swimming and jacuzzi at the gym.



Hobbies or other passions:

I absolutely love Gyrotonic as a method of holistic health and fitness. It is especially exciting to teach Gyrotonic to people who want to add more movement to their daily lives. Also, my awareness, understanding and love of pre/post natal maternal health is increasing and I am looking forward to continuing my study in that field.



Favorite snack before, during or after rehearsal?

After rehearsals I love to eat a huge meal! Rice and beans, leafy greens, colorful veggies and salmon. Veggie burritos or fish tacos with lots of guacamole are another go-to, after rehearsal dinner. I love the Dragon Bowl at Angelica Kitchen- so delicious!



Why do you dance?

For each stage of my life, I reassess why I dance. Currently, I think that constant questioning of intent, small daily discoveries of extremes and thus, the possibility for continuous re-invention are some reasons why I love to dance.



What do you love about dancing?

I love that dancing provides the opportunity for me to become a character and create a story that connects to shared humanity or that I can just be free in my living room to turn up some music, have fun, and lose myself in time and space.


Fana Fraser

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