Marcus Jarrell Willis, a former Houstonian and HSPVA alum, has been a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for six years now. (Before that he was a member of Ailey II.) He's a different dancer now, says Willis.
Photo by Andrew Eccles Marcus Jarrell Willis
"For me, things have changed in that I used to be focused on getting everything perfectly right," he tells us. "Dancers are perfectionist and we always want to be standing at the right angle, to have the lines of our bodies perfect with that turned out, this turned in. I was so focused on getting it right that I actually wasn't living in the work at the moment.
"Now, I've performed [the works] so many times, it's in my body. I know the steps. I still strive to make sure everything is psychically correct but now I'm able to live in the work as well. Like with I Want to Be Ready (a meditative solo in Revelations), I can move past just performing the right moves and begin to experience it while I'm performing."More »