Q & A with Noah Trulock
April 4, 2016
Why do you dance?
Dancing resonated with me. It was one of those things that the more I delved into it, the more I wanted to know. Before I knew it, I was dreaming about the seemingly impossible idea of becoming good enough to make it to a professional level. And here I am!
If you hadn't been a dancer, what would you be doing?
My best guess is something to do with computers. There is a huge market for jobs related to every aspect of computers, and I was somewhat allured by the safety of that idea while in college. If I had to look for a job today, though, it would be as a language teacher. I've always been fascinated with linguistics and how people communicate. I find the differences and similarities in phrasing across the different cultures eye-opening.
What other exercise/physical training do you spend time with besides dance classes? How does that help?
I take crossfit classes for strength training and physical endurance. The heavy lifting techniques really help my mechanics to properly lift and partner the other dancers. Although I got into it a little late, I've just now started taking Pilates. I'm having a lot of fun building core muscles and discovering fine-tuning strength exercises that were directly designed for a dancer's benefit. I also run on the elliptical as often as I can to stay in shape and to help eliminate fatigue.
What type of costumes are the easiest to dance in? What is your favorite? What was the most challenging?
The best costumes for me are comfortable pedestrian type clothes. There's something comforting to me about getting to stand in front of an audience as a normal person. There's nothing special about it, but it feels safe and I don't feel as vulnerable. Of course my favorite costume to wear was the prince costume for Scheherazade. (Horse and all) I got to wear it for a carnival scene in my first DK production and it was a blast. The most challenging is any type of costume that has multiple pieces to it when you have a quick change. Dancing on stage is one thing, but the dance that goes on backstage to get some of our costumes on in time is something else entirely.
What inspires you when you're creating choreography? What is the biggest challenge?
Many different things inspire me. The easiest thing that inspires me is dance and other art. However sometimes much more mundane things inspire me, like funny walking patterns, tv comedies, movies and talk shows. Finding inspiration for creating choreography is the easiest part. It's finding something to say and then saying it succinctly that is difficult. The biggest challenge though is turning off the editing voice while I'm creating movement. Once I just allow myself to put movement together instead of pausing myself mid-process the pieces fall together a little easier.
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
I love video games. I loved them so much I learned Japanese so that I could play more games, because many don't get released state side. I play games at home, on my phone, and I relax after a hard day's work by watching others play video games on youtube. Also, donuts. That's a secret though, don't tell anyone. ;)
What one piece of advice would you give a student who wants to dance professionally?
Immerse yourself. Let your love of dance fuel your practice. Let your determination drive your instinct. Always strive for perfection, and make a plan to take each little step towards it.