Meet Our Dancers: DuRron Chambers

When did you start dancing ballet? 

I started ballet at the age of 16 when my aunt took me to Stanford University to see Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Seeing African American dancers doing classical ballet and neo-classical styles just had me in awe. So I said to my mother I wanted to do what they do and here I am!

What is your favorite role to date, or one you would like to dance in the future?

Hmmmm, I have a couple of ballets I would love to dance in! Neo-classical works by George Balanchine and  Second Detail by William Forsythe–the choreography looks amazing!

How do you get ready for a performance? 

When I get ready for a performance I always take class to get my body warm and to make sure everything technically is in order. Then the usual make up and costume, then I always say a prayer just to calm my nerves, then I’m ready!

What’re some items in your dance bag?

Dance clothes, slippers, body lotion, nose tissue, pain killers, toe tape, scissors, headband, body spray, and (sometimes) gum!

What’re your favorite restaurants?
Now my favorite part–food! Most people think that dancers don’t eat, but thats not true–we love to eat. In fact, we have to keep up our stamina in rehearsals. Now when we are out of rehearsal, that is another story. I like to eat Panda Express at least once a week! My favorite restaurant is Olive Garden and anything my mother, aunt and grandmother and great- grandmother like to fix!

What’re your favorite movies and TV shows?
I love the Nightmare before Christmas–I always watch it!–and Queen of the Damned. I also can’t get enough of 30Rock–it’s just hilarious!

What do you do when you’re out of the ballet studio?
Besides doing ballet every day, I love to just relax and play video games–and catch up on sleep!

What’s your favorite part of Oakland? 

Moving to Oakland has been most lovely! Downtown is just breathtaking! I love the Grand Avenue area and just got into the Montclair and Piedmont area!

Tell us a little about your time at University of the Arts and your choreography experience there. 

My time at University of the Arts was a great one! I learned a lot as a dancer and as an artist! Whoever thought I could win a choreography award! At University of the Arts, in order for a dance major to graduate he or she must choreograph a senior piece, a dance made of their choreography–lighting, costumes, props (if any), music all needs to be from the dancer. So I’m thinking, why not make a classical ballet of three male dancers? The music I found was by Felix  Mendelssohn, and I thought would fit and it all came together. (No other senior created a classical ballet, not even the ballet majors! So I made a lil’ history.) Every one loved it–even the staff! The process wasn’t hard all three dancers were trained very well and gave all their heart and soul into my ballet.

Archives

MORE POSTS

Academy Student Wins Contest

Academy Student Wins Contest

We’re so proud of Academy at Oakland Ballet student Alexandrea Baker for having won first place in a youth arts competition with her solo choreography! This contest was sponsored by Arts for Oakland Kids, a fantastic organization who aims to ensure that students in...

Voter Resources for the Arts Community and Beyond

Voter Resources for the Arts Community and Beyond

Here at Oakland Ballet we’ve gathered a few resources that we felt might help smooth the voting process. We hope they make casting your ballot easier, and if you want to go beyond the ballot and get more involved in arts advocacy, we’ve got you covered too! Feel free...

Luna Mexicana Stay At Home Soiree

Luna Mexicana Stay At Home Soiree

Join us in a celebration of Día de los Muertos.   Share a meal from Agave, Ballet Folklórico México Danza, Jalisco Harpist Salvadore Vazquez, hear about the elements of an ofrenda with Daniel Camacho, learn to construct paper marigolds, and see excerpts of Oakland...

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Oakland Ballet recognizes the contributions of LatinX Americans and Hispanics in our community. Board members, donors, company dancers, teachers, and choreographers, our organization is strengthened by the addition of their voices, diverse heritage, and perspectives...

Cancellation of Paramount performances

Cancellation of Paramount performances

It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Paramount Theatre performances of Luna Mexicana and The Nutcracker.  Look for their return in 2021. Our Luna Mexicana Stay At Home Soiree will be October 30, 2020 7PM. Tickets available soon. Mark...

Connecting with the Community

Connecting with the Community

As spring bursts into full bloom, the artists and staff at Oakland Ballet Company are still basking in the success of the company’s newly added, early spring season – this year featuring the premiere of Jangala. This all new program had a modern, urban take on The...

Magic in the Multipurpose Room

Magic in the Multipurpose Room

On a Tuesday morning at ten o’clock, right before holiday vacation, the students of Howard Elementary in east Oakland streamed into the school’s multipurpose room for an assembly. They were excited because it was almost the holiday break. They were excited because it...

Casting for Graham Lustig’s “The Nutcracker”

Casting for Graham Lustig’s “The Nutcracker”

Ramona Kelly and Seyong Kim cast as lead roles in Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker. Sports legends join the cast for special cameo appearances. Each year, Oakland Ballet Company holds auditions to hire company dancers - all highly trained performers possessing...