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Meet Alejandra Iannone, the most recent contributor to join Dd’s roster of forward thinking, like-minded writers. Alejandra is an NYC-based dancer, philosopher, and teacher. She graduated from the Fordham University/Ailey School with a BFA and has her MA in Philosophy from Temple University. As a dancer, she’s performed the works of Take Ueyama, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Neil Ieremia, and Donna Salgado. Currently, Alejandra is a faculty member at the Ailey School—Junior Division and teaches at Astoria Fine Arts Dance + Fitness. She is also an adjunct lecturer of philosophy at The City College of New York.

She’ll be sharing her insights on dance, teaching, philosophy, and how they all tie together.

1. ART:  Performance or visual?  What place does art have in your life?

AI: Interdisciplinary! I am interested in works that explore possibilities at the intersection of the performing and plastic arts. Art is something I partake in, both as a creator and a consumer, so that I can express myself and experience joy.

2. CRAFT:  Knit or Crochet or Other?  What is your craftiest project to date?

AI: I’m not so crafty. I made a fabric painted quilt patch in September. It went pretty well. You can read about the whole thing at Human Being Curious.

3. DESIGN:  Classical or modern?  What designer or architect inspires you the most?

AI: I like clean lines and intricate patterns. Alexander McQueen is a favorite because the non-traditional materials he worked with —like shells, flowers, microscope slides—were unexpected.

4. FOOD:  Salty or sweet?  Do you know how to make your favorite dish?

AI: Salty and sweet, especially at breakfast. I like most foods, and I can make most of the foods I like. But! I love ice cream and don’t know how to make it—it is on my list of things to do.

5. THOUGHT:  Fiction or Nonfiction?  What form does the bulk of your own reading and/or writing take?

AI: Nonfiction! Real life is full of hilarity and absurdity, so I love to read, write, and talk about what actually happens. Most of my writing is non-fiction–sometimes academic, other times editorial.

6. FUN:  Where in the world do you want to go or be stranded?  What five things would be in your bag?

AI: I want to go to a country where the system of values is entirely different from the one I am familiar with. I would bring a water bottle, sunscreen, a bag of clementines, a camera, and a journal.

Written by Stephanie Wolf

Stephanie Wolf

An Atlanta native, Stephanie Wolf has performed professionally with the Minnesota Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado). She has a BA in Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College of California. Her writing has been published in national and regional media outlets, including Dance Informa, Indianapolis Star, and the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Currently, Stephanie lives in Denver, where she is a public radio producer and reporter. She loves bluegrass, cooking, Netflix, and owls.