started taking dance classes on a bet, or dare.
An uncle, back from a visit to Spain, came bringing gifts—a shawl, a fan, a comb—but not to him.
Instead he, like Vincent’s mother a flamenco dancer, promised his nephew to teach him flamenco, “if you dance a year of ballet.”
“And here I am,” says Vincent.
Flamenco rhythms have been ingrained in Vincent from birth. He was also already a gymnast (part of what explains the extraordinary and fluid control of his solo in FRAGMENTS). “I was a jock little child—soccer, baseball, basketball—a very physical child. Being active was what I wanted to do.”
Ballet class was hard, to do all these difficult movements, with music, and also to express oneself at the same time. But it was a challenge that kept him interested. In the summer of 2005, while he was enrolled in the American Ballet Theatre intensive summer program and beginning to feel hemmed in by a diet of entirely classical music, Vince heard about a dance class taught by former ABT soloist, Sandra Brown, at Complexions. It was contemporary dance, “a whole other way of movi