Magazine article Pointe

Inside Joaquin De Luz's Dance Bag

Magazine article Pointe

Inside Joaquin De Luz's Dance Bag

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Initially, the contents of New York City Ballet principal Joaquin De Luz's dance bag seem all over the place. Sigmund Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents'? Surf magazine? A journal full of scribbles, paintings and pictures? A dog toy? Who is this guy?

A modern-day Renaissance man, as it turns out. The Spaniard is reading Freud for his LEAP (Liberal Education for Arts Professionals) class in English composition: "We have to critically analyze' the book," he says, "which I'm nervous about.'' Surf magazine is his "happy place": "I love surfing, and sometimes at the end of a tough seven-hour rehearsal day, ill look through the magazine and pretend I'm at the beach." His journal is actually a kind of travel diary: "I like to write about and paint all the places I visit." And the dog toy is for girlfriend (and fellow NYCB principal) Tilor Peck's dog Cali: "I'm the daddy, and Calis a daddy's girl."

The item he can't live without, however, is more practical. …

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