Edited By: Colleen Page
Images By: Monteque Pope-Le Beau
Disney Symphony Hall in downtown Los Angeles is a place which inspires the mind to sore and sets the spirit free when one sets their eyes upon the building; which is more than just a symphony hall, but a work of art. It was here that The Art Of Monteque saw the future of ballet in the form of a young and talented dancer whom we would like to introduce you to. Mr. Logan Risser is 15 years old and has been dancing for only four years with training in ballet, jazz, and modern dance styles. He currently attends LACHSA, The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, for dance and is a corps de ballet member with the Antelope Valley Ballet. Mr. Logan Risser is the future of ballet and dance. He is the most gifted young ballet dancer to represent the wonderful beauty that is ballet. In between a photo shoot Mr. Logan Risser was doing with his best friend and fellow dancer Ms. Sarina Lowe, we were able to talk to him.
It is wonderful meeting with you here at The Disney Symphony Hall. Thank you for make time for us.
Mr. Logan Risser: Your welcome.
What does being an artist mean to you?
L R: Being an artist means not only having the technique for dance, but having the passion and to truly love the art you’re pursuing. Loving the art is a large percentage of being a dancer.
What made you want to be a ballet dancer?
LR: When I started ballet, it was my least favorite style, just because the technique and vocabulary was so difficult for a beginner. But eventually I fell in love with the hard work ballet forces you to use and the satisfaction of perfecting a combination and creating something absolutely beautiful for others to enjoy.
What about ballet interested you?
LR: I loved how beautiful it was. Watching a ballet dancer just put me in awe from the extensions of the legs and the jumps from the men. Seeing others around me made me want to become a dancer others looked up to.
At what point did you know that this is what you wanted to do?
LR: During an audition for the performing arts school I go to, we did a position in ballet at the end of a combination. The music faded out, I was on balance, and during that moment I finally decided that not only ballet, but dance was my true and absolute passion.
How has your family supported you on your artistic path?
LR: They constantly support me no matter what, even if scheduling is difficult or if money is tight they continuously keep me motivated because they know I love it and they know it’s what I want to do with my life and I am so appreciative of them because of that.
How do you feel when people look at you as the future of ballet?
LR: As a dancer, we are always critiquing ourselves, so it’s very strange to think that people do look at me as the future of ballet. However, it drives me to work harder because I know because of them, I’m getting to where I want to be with my dancing.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
LR: Any time I’m not dancing (which is a lot) I really just like to be with my friends. Because I don’t see them as often as I used to, it’s nice to catch up with all of them and see how they’re doing!
Where do you see yourself in 5, 10, or even 20 years?
LR: I know I’m going to be dancing, no doubt about it. Whether that be in a ballet company or being a teacher, I don’t know. But there is no second guessing I will be dancing, and hopefully motivating others to dance too.
If you were not doing ballet what would your ideal career be?
LR: I really enjoy teaching people and that satisfying feeling when a person finally understands a problem. It’s completely random, but I would want to be a teacher.
What moves you creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
LR: My friends, teachers and family move me. Everyone in my life supports me in dance and with anything I decide to do and I’m so happy and appreciative of everyone who’s been with me throughout my journey of dance.
What are you enthusiastic about?
LR: That I have the capability to dance everyday. I could be in worse circumstances where I maybe never even started dancing, but I have walked into a ballet class. I have done a plié and have held an arabesque. I’m just excited that I walk into a ballet class everyday and can dance.
Who is the person you look up to and why?
LR: I look up to several dancers, but I mainly look up to my best friend, the other dancer, Sarina. She is just so dedicated and so passionate about dance that it inspires me not to only work on technique and flexibility and everything else, but to also work hard and be appreciative that I have the capability to dance everyday.
Who is the person you look forward to and why?
LR: I’m just looking forward to the people I’ll meet in my future with the career I am pursuing. I know that there will be opportunities and people that will support me and love me and I’m so ecstatic to see what my future has to offer me.
What is the goal or purpose you are chasing?
LR: I really love ballet. It’s my favorite style and it motivates me. But even if my ballet career doesn’t work out the way I want it to, I know that if I’m dancing I will be happy with my life. I guess that’s the goal, to be happy.
What does Art is Life and Life is Art mean to you?
LR: To me, it means that the art you are pursuing isn’t just an after school activity. It isn’t just a hobby you like to do on your free time. It is your being. Every moment you’re doing your art and if you aren’t doing it, you’re thinking of it. It means so much more than just dancing or singing or painting. It is your heart and soul. [TAOMR]