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Hello Again!

We hope you're enjoying a fun summer packed with exotic travels, long days at the beach, and new adventures (or at the very least -- summer cocktails and comfy flip flops). We'll hit the ground running again in September, so stay tuned! 

Have You Met...?

Meet Samuel Caraballo. Sam danced in the first two Born Dancing productions and
serves as Advisor to the Board.

Sam dancing in There is Now by Born Dancing, March 2016

Q: Give us the scoop. Where are you from, etc.?
I am an actor, dancer, director, choreographer, theatre educator and mask-maker, with a special emphasis in physical theatre. Born and raised in Brooklyn, I trained with the Dance Theatre of Harlem (New York), the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre (Blue Lake, CA) and Deaf West (Los Angeles). After graduating from the Dell' Arte International School for Physical Theatre in 1998 I returned to New York.

I have conducted many school artist-in-residency programs, summer camps, and workshops for both adults and children. My artistic and educational partners include New York Deaf Theatre, Theatre Access Project/Theatre Development Fund, SMARTS Performance Art Summer, Sign of the Times Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre for Children, The Ohio State School for the Deaf, and a variety of public and private schools in the New York metropolitan area. 

I am one of five co-founders of the American Dance Theatre of the Deaf (New York) in 1986, and was an acting ensemble member for Onyx Theatre Company (New York). In 1995, I joined Sunshine Too (Rochester) as choreographer and performer. With Sunshine Too I toured extensively around the country and traveled to Finland to perform at the Deaf Theatre International Festival. 

Q: How did you get involved with Born Dancing?
I met Melissa when she was doing a film project, and I was acting for her film project. Then a few years later, I saw Born Dancing was looking for dancers with disabilities and I contacted her. Last year I joined and I was very excited to work with Born Dancing.

Q: What’s one surprising thing you’ve learned since becoming involved with Born Dancing?
I am mostly impressed that Born Dancing works with great diversity of disability dancers. In addition, they welcome people to work together whether they are able-bodied, Little People, use a wheelchair etc.   

Q: If you could dance with one person living or dead, who would it be and why?
I always wanted to be in performances with Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, because when I was young I always watched them dance on TV. 

Q: Tell me something I don’t already know.
I collect newspaper articles, magazines, and videos of my dances with different companies.

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