Interview with Yannick Lebrun


A piece that is very much overdue is my chat with Yannick Lebrun, a company member of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. They kicked off their 2012 North American Tour in Toronto at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts where I had the pleasure to also chat with the Company’s Artistic Director Robert Battle. The company keeps alive the legacy of Alvin Ailey, an American Dancer who popularized modern dance and revolutionized the participation of African-American’s in dance.

Lebrun grew up in Cayenne, French Guiana, where he began his long journey of dance at the Adaclam School under the guidance of Jeanine Verin. After many years of practice, Lebrun moved to New York City in 2004 to study at the Ailey School as a scholarship student where he got an opportunity to show his talent as a dancer. He later joined the company in 2008. In 2011, he was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”. Lebrun has gone through alot to establish himself as a dancer and he took a moment to share with me his story, his journey into the world of Alvin Ailey and some helpful tips for students looking to pursue a career in dance. This is a must watch interview.