A Juilliard-trained dancer, Kevin Iega Jeff, 57, expresses himself in movement. But when he’s not stepping to a beat, the artistic director of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater takes solace in stillness. Ahead of the company’s Valentine’s Day–themed performance in Skokie on February 4, the South Shore resident shares where he finds tranquility—and sublime pasta.
My signature style
Simple. I like Simon Cowell: He always wears T-shirts and pants but looks nice, crisp, and clean.
Favorite Chicago meal
Pasta shells with salmon from Pizza Capri in Hyde Park.
Best dive bar
Club Escape. It caters to a mix of gay and straight clientele.
I eat a tablespoon of coconut oil every day, and I also put it on my skin.
Store I spend the most money at
Whole Paycheck—I mean Whole Foods. I decided, in my life, the things that I would spend money on are what I eat, travel, and personal care, be it spiritual, physical, or medical.
Local institution I admire most
Studio One’s dance school.
Most romantic place in Chicago
Along the lake in Jackson Park on a summer night.
I’m big on yoga. Yirser Ra Hotep is my instructor. He teaches a form called Kemetic Yoga both here and abroad.
App I use the most
Uber. I live on the South Side, and before Uber you couldn’t get a cab.
Words to live by
“It comes with relaxation.”