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Fabrice Calmels

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Principal dancer with Joffrey Ballet

From: Paris, France
Lives in: Wrigleyville
Up next: Fabrice performs the lead in the Joffrey’s production of Othello this October.

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“I’m obsessed with cars. Muscle cars. I had a 1967 Firebird in Solar Red, but I want to get another car: a 1970 Dodge Charger. It has the best rear end.”

“I would really love to see dancing be something that comes on TV regularly, like baseball or football. I would like to see the dance world united from every country. I would like to travel and get those people to join together.”

“It’s kind of weird, but I start talking to myself before I go onstage. When I’m really stressed, I just say: Well, the stress is going to make you do something wrong. If you do something wrong, you’ll look like an idiot. So, stop stressing!”

“I’ve known about [George Balanchine’s] Apollo since I was a kid. You see it. You hear about it. You watch the greatest dancers dancing it. And when they turn to you and say, 'You’ll be dancing it,' it’s weird [Fabrice performed the title role in Joffrey’s 2005 production]. You go back and think of all the dancers you’ve ever seen performing it, and it’s all this pressure!”

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