What My Teacher Taught Me: Kelvin Vu

Kelvin Vu in Ohad Naharin's Project Secus (2014)

Prior to joining Batsheva’s Young Ensemble, Kelvin Vu immersed himself in the ballet-based contemporary program at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance for two years. Artistic director Summer Lee Rhatigan’s advice to always dance full-out changed his daily practice.

“A lot of people would describe her as Jesus or Mufasa­—sort of this master figure in the room. She would often say, ‘Why wait to practice glory? This thing that you’re doing every day—this is the thing. It’s not a preparation for something else. This is it. Why wait to bring your best self?’”

Batsheva’s Young Ensemble performs Ohad Naharin’s Decadance at The Joyce Theater through October 4.

Photo by Gadi Dagon, courtesy of Batsheva Dance Company

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