Amar Ramasar, a New York City Ballet principal dancer who grew up in the South Bronx, has a new audience for his inspiring story.
People magazine is profiling Ramasar in its American Doers series, which looks at innovators, thinkers and creative people across the country. Ramasar is the third person in the 12-part series.
In a video interview on the website americandoers.people.com, he says he didn’t start dance lessons until age 12, and at first, when he was a teen-ager, he hid his interest in dance from others.
“I lied for a lot of years. Especially coming from the Bronx.”
He also talks about the “constant chronic pain” that comes with dancing six days a week.
“You kinda just accept it. But the body is so resilient,” he says. “It’s worth every bit of tiredness. Dance gives me life. It’s the reason I get up in the morning.”
Ramasar’s father, who is of Trinidadian and Indian descent, is a former Marine. His mother, who is Puerto Rican, worked as a nurse when he was growing up.
Ramasar, in his 17th year with the NYCB, performs each summer at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs.
Last summer, he danced in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as part of the NYCB’s celebration of its 50th year at SPAC.
This year, the New York City Ballet will be in summer residence at SPAC from July 5 to 15.
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