Magazine article Dance Spirit

Dylan Tedaldi

Magazine article Dance Spirit

Dylan Tedaldi

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THE 17-YEAR-OLD RISING STAR SOUNDS OFF ON DANCE, COMPETITION AND THE COUNTDOWN TO GERMANY.

"I get really nervous right before I have to perform," confesses Dylan Tedaldi. If you're incredulous that this Boston Ballet School stud could ever feel anxious, you aren't alone. When he stepped onstage at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland earlier this year, he exuded a calm confidence that belied any jitters he may have had.

Since his success at the Prix, everyone has been talking about Dylan. In fact, he and Kyle Davis (from the North Carolina School of the Arts) were the only Americans among the seven scholarship winners. A technically clean dancer, Dylan can stick a double tour in a perfect fifth position and covers space with speed and ease. At the Prix, he particularly excelled in his contemporary solo by John Neumeier. He executed the angular choreography with precision, crab-crawling on the floor with insect-like agility, then springing into the air as if he weighed nothing at all. It isn't surprising that he'd like to join a company with an extensive contemporary repertory one day.

Dylan began dancing in first grade, studying jazz, tumbling and hip hop at a small studio in his native Boston. When he turned 9, his teacher encouraged him to audition for BBS and he's been there ever since, punctuated by summers at School of American Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School. While ballet has always been the focus, Dylan also makes time for other interests. He's active in his high school's musical theater program, sings in an a cappella group, and runs his own T-shirt company (theugly-club.com).

But next month, Dylan will leave his busy Boston life behind. …

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