69 seconds with … dancer Robert Halley

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Spend 69 seconds with dancer Robert Halley who performs next in Extra Extra at the Firehall Arts Centre from December 1-4, 2010.

01Your first job.
Dancer in ‘Tropicale’ at Paramount’s Canada’s Wonderland.

02The job you wanted as a child.
I didn’t know exactly but something to do with Geography.

03Your hero.
My parents

04One thing no one knows about you (and you are willing to share).
I fast often and don’t necessarily need a lot of food to survive.

05Your biggest indulgence.

06The three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
My partner James, a solar-powered/waterproof iPad, and a machete.

07Complete this sentence: I first kissed a boy …
… at a dance competition in Boston in my early teens. I kept an eye on this cute blond blue-eyed stud after seeing him dance in black bootie shorts, a saran wrapped torso and eye make-up! At that time no boy would have a costume like that, so I went it for the kill!

08Favourite Vancouver restaurant.
The Foundation Lounge.

09 One word your best friend would use to describe you.

10 The one thing any visitor to Vancouver simply cannot miss.
Walking, jogging or Biking around the Seawall taking in the various views of neibourhoods, beaches and horizons.

MEET robert hallet

Robert HalleyRobert Halley was born in Toronto and raised in Unionville, Ontario. He began dancing at the age of 14 under the influence of his two sisters at Performing Dance Arts where he competed in dance festivals throughout North America and was exposed to a grand variety of dance.

His professional training occurred at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Arts Umbrella in Vancouver , The Ailey School in NYC, and The School at Jacob’s Pillow.

He has toured the United States and parts of the Caribbean with Ailey II (the second company of Alvin Aliey American Dance Theatre) teaching in various schools and universities as well as performing in such prestigious venues as The Apollo Theatre, The Kennedy Centre and The Radio City Music Hall.

During his time in New York City he also danced for The Fred Benjamin Dance Company and Adams Company Dance. Robert then made history by performing the floor ballet duet alongside his sister in The Lion King on The West End in London, England, a first for any siblings in this musical. His other musical theatre credits include, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Copacabana (Mill Mountain Theatre), Cats (Drayton Festival) and Wicked (Osaka, Japan). Robert can be seen alongside Mike Myers in the closing dance sequence of the feature film, ‘The Love Guru.’

Robert’s background in dance has exposed him to many other modalities that have complimented his journey. These experiences have inspired him to further studies leading up to being a 3HO Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and a Registered Thai Therapist in Nuad Bo Rarn (Ancient Massage, more commonly known as Thai Yoga Massage).

It is from this mix of the art of dance with the holistic arts that Robert has awakened to see life as a continuous expression and how every moment holds wisdom and joyous thrills for us to create and discover. He celebrates this philosophy by sharing his knowledge and passion through teaching and choreographing in an open co-creative group fashion.

Robert is an independent dance artist currently based in Victoria, BC.

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