Most Haglund'eelers in the NYC area are already familiar with the inspiring story of Roman Baca and his Exit12 Dance Company. Roman is the front page story in The Village Voice this week. Luckily for those in other areas who don't have access to printed copies of The Voice, the story, A Dancer's Tour of Duty, is also available online. Take a look and visit his company's website.
I just put dancing away while I was in the Marine Corps. Except for the last day of boot camp, when I already had my papers. I marched right up to my senior drill instructor and snapped to attention, and said, "Sir, this Marine has something he wants to show you, sir!"
He said, "What?"
I said, "I want you to take a look at this." I handed him a manila envelope.
He pulled out the first picture, and it's a picture of me in a tunic and tights with a ballerina, from Sleeping Beauty. And he slowly shakes his head and goes, "Oh, Baca, Baca. I knew there was something weird about you."
Look for this cover on newstands: