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Ethan Stiefel
Dancer
“What kind of legacy do you want to leave?”

“I’d like to be remembered as a good person—a good human being. I’d like for my parents to say they are proud to call me their son. This is more important to me than anything else. Those of us who live in the dance world view what we do as valuable to society and culture. But as one who has danced on the great stages of the world—performed with the Kirov Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and the New York City Ballet, and the American Ballet Theatre—I find myself asking, what does it all really mean? When you consider that there is hunger, disease, terror, and war in the world, you realize that what we do is of secondary importance.”

“Do you think your ambition to be a decent and honorable human being comes across in your dancing?”

“Time will tell what audiences actually understand about me. I think what makes a dancer an artist is the ability to project one’s individuality. I don’t think you can have a weak personality and have something come across from the stage. I’d like to believe that my core essence—that thing that distinguished me from someone else—will always be understood on some level. If not, then I should probably stop dancing.”