Magazine article Dance Magazine

King's Dynamic Young Prince Talks about His Artistic Process

Magazine article Dance Magazine

King's Dynamic Young Prince Talks about His Artistic Process

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Onstage, Prince Credell's keen focus is as commanding as his gyroscopic pirouettes, solidly centered extensions, and elegant hearing. Whether he's powering through a twisting, demanding solo in Rite of Spring or entranced by his partner in a duet to Coleman Hawkins, his shifting emotions keep you wondering--not what he might do, but what he might think or feel next. "He's tremendously gifted with strength and power," says LINES Ballet artistic director Alonzo King. "But he also has humility and sincerity, which are rare on stage. With Prince, you can see where his consciousness is."

Offstage, Credell, 21, is shy and soft-spoken. He has no trace of cockiness, even though, last year, he won a prestigious Princess Grace Award. This year, he caught the eyes of many. King says, "I think Prince is one of the greatest dancers in the world. He has a long and wonderful career ahead of him." Last February Credell's performance with Donald Byrd's Spectrum Dance Theater earned hint glowing notice (see "Reviews," DM, June, page 75), and this month he appears in The Gala of International Ballet Stars touring Ohio (www.balletmet.org).

Credell grew up in the Bronx, where at age 8 he started taking dance classes at the neighborhood Boys and Girls Club. When his older brother, now a member of Philadanco, auditioned for the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, Credell's mother mentioned that her younger son danced, too. Arthur Mitchell asked to see him, and Credell was given a scholarship. Later, he attended The Alley School and was invited to audition for the Alvin Alley American Dance Theater just after he graduated from LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts. He didn't make the cut, and was offered a spot with Alley II instead.

But Credell wanted another year of training before he hit the stage full-time. So, at 17, he packed his bags for San Francisco Ballet School. …

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