The Dirt with Cindy Salgado
(by Allison Schultz)
Cindy Salgado’s performance resumé reads like a who’s who of today’s contemporary dance world: Dee Caspary, Lauren Adams and Mia Michaels are just a few of the choreographers who have featured California-raised, Juilliard-trained Salgado in their pieces. But this contemporary queen, who’s currently a member of Crystal Pite’s acclaimed company Kidd Pivot, doesn’t just perform. She’s on faculty at New York City Dance Alliance, recently created a new work for an NYCDA Foundation benefit and has assisted big-name choreographers like Aszure Barton and Andy Blankenbuehler. Salgado’s a do-gooder, too: She’s taught dance to kids around the world with Artists Striving To
End Poverty. Read on for The Dirt!
If you could dance with any performer in the world, who would you choose: The hip-hop artist Macklemore or the poet Suheir Hammad because I'm motivated by their powerful voices for social justice.
Biggest guilty pleasure: Levain Bakery's dark chocolate cookies.
Something most people don’t know about you: I'm a huge fan of freestyle street dance and Argentine tango! I've been known to go to a milonga, change into my sweats, and dance until 4am at my favorite house club.
If you weren’t a dancer, what would you be? An activist for social and economic equality or a massage therapist.
Favorite city in the world: New York (I love my city) or Maui (where I married the man of my dreams).
Dance-wise, do you have any bad habits? I've elbowed a couple of salsa partners in the nose from not keeping my elbows down.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Hopefully I'll be using my art to motivate audiences to take care of the Earth and each other more, and building a family with my loving husband.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is some SERIOUS #goals. Her strength and power onstage borders on superhuman. But what's extra magical about Mearns is that she really puts in the fitness and cross-training work outside of the rehearsal studio. And she's overcome her fair share of injuries. Which is why she was the perfect source for Vogue's latest ballet fitness story.
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.