Michael Apuzzo

Interview Highlights
Q: How do you think we can continue to create and share art during this time?
"Since we have time and we often do not have time with our rigorous class, touring, etc., now is the time to really take care of your body and do physical therapy, but also refine your craft. I have been doing a lot of pilates every morning at a slow pace and I have enjoyed connecting to my body. I am going to start watching dance videos that I love and haven't looked at in years and connect back to the joy of how I fell in love with dance. I look at this as a pause to be safe and healthy and remember why I love to do what I do, and then attack it when I get back."

Q: What social changes and responsibilities have you seen people making during the pandemic?
"I was really proud of my friends in NYC — everyone took it seriously to stay home and self-quarantine. The only time I saw people were my daily walks by the river outside. And we all kept apart as much as we could."

Q: How have people’s priorities shifted during the pandemic?
"There is definitely a sense that we will get through this together. It is like a silent bond that we have, whatever it takes, we will help and stay at hope and self-quarantine. It’s whatever it takes to get through this, and I haven't felt that kind of national or world-wide perseverance for a world-wide cause ever. I have never seen this kind of unity before."
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MICHAEL APUZZO grew up in North Haven, Connecticut. He studied Economics and Theater at Yale University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2005. Growing up in musical theater, he began his formal dance training in high school, then danced and choreographed in undergraduate companies. After being dance captain for an original production of Miss Julie choreographed by Peter Pucci, Mr. Apuzzo debuted professionally at the Yale Repertory Theater. He has since performed in numerous musicals at equity theaters across the country and in the National Tour of Twyla Tharp’s Broadway show, Movin’ Out. He is a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, author of Flying Through Yellow, certified personal trainer, and co-producer of the new Hamptons charity event, Dancers For Good. Mr. Apuzzo joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in Fall 2008.