Q: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you as a performing artist?
In some ways the Taylor company is lucky. We had two tour stops that got cancelled. Other than that we were supposed to be rehearsing. So far we’ve only missed two performances. We’re laid off for at least five weeks as of now but we expect it to be longer. As a dancer, going through a layoff is something we’re used to. Our year usually has a few periods of time when we are laid off. But this was unexpected. The company is taking care of us to the best of their abilities. We’re able to collect unemployment. A lot of us are already set up to collect unemployment. In my 15 years, I had one other time in the company when we had five weeks off. We have a lot of work, it is a full time job, and I don't need to hustle on the side. I get health insurance. It's a very good dance job. We have amazing people running the company that keep us always working.
ERAN BUGGE is from Oviedo, Florida where she began her dance training at the Orlando Ballet School, and went on to study at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford under the direction of Peggy Lyman, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.F.A. in Ballet Pedagogy in 2005. She attended The Taylor School and the 2004 and 2005 Taylor Summer Intensives. Ms. Bugge has performed in works by Amy Marshall, Katie Stevinson-Nollet and Jean Grand-Maître. She was also a member of Full Force Dance Theatre and the Adam Miller Dance Project. In 2012, Ms. Bugge was the recipient of the Hartt Alumni Award. In 2018, she danced in the feature film The Chaperone choreographed by John Carrafa. She joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in Fall 2005.