Ricky Palomino, 25, is a Contemporary dancer from Phoenix, AZ. Ricky also enjoys singing (he recently recorded his first CD), and he is a master teacher and choreographer.
1. What is your full name?
Richard Marcelino Palomino II
2. Do you have a nickname?
Ricky and Marcelino
3. How old were you when you started dancing?
I started dance in public school as part of my physical education class when I was 14 years old. I got my real training when I was 16 years old.
4. Do you have any formal dance training?
I was trained first from mentor Michelle Ceballos of the Royal Ballet at 16. She took me under her wing and taught me classical dance. At 17 I met Jeremy Miller who became my second mentor as well. He taught me the science of dance and helped me understand the anatomy and kinesiology behind it all. At 21, after a sudden move to New York I met and started working with Lucy "Jen" Ballard. She is the mastermind behind Cedar Lake Dance and paved my foundation there. I took all the instruction I could from her and she taught me how to put it all together, the classical, the scientific, with style and choreography, along with masculinity and fluidity. She made me a well rounded dancer. I don’t have formal training. I started very late and soaked up as much as possible in the little time I had.
5. If you had to categorize your dance style, what would it be?
6. What other talents/hobbies do you have?
I spend a lot of time working with music production software (i. e. Logic Pro 7.2, Reason 3.0) creating music albums for myself. I just finished my second and the first is available in iTunes. The second is much better though. I create each sound. Then I program them. Layer them. And record vocals for them. Of course the process is much longer. My second album was a two year project. I also work with Photoshop and design the cover, back cover, etc. Right now i am learning the program Shake 4.0 to further my abilities in video effects. I also know Final Cut Pro and with both I experiment making music videos to my music, but I haven't gotten to do any of the new album yet. I also love working out, washing my car, and going to awesome exhibits like Gregory Colbert's Ashes and Snow, Men in Skirts at The Met, and the Bodyworld's exhibit, etc. These are my hobbies and talents.
7. Who is your favorite professional dancer?
Sylvie Guillem, Jose Manuel Carreno
8. Does anyone in your family dance professionally?
9 Have you performed in musical theater or in public functions as a dancer?
I performed in three dance benefits. It was Dancers Responding to AIDS at St. Marks Church in 04, Fire Island Pines 05, and Bryant Park 05 and all in New York City. I have never performed in musical theatre.
10. What would you like to see happen to you as a result of the show?
Whether or not I win, I would like to be recognized by producers of music and film. I have a lot to offer as an artist and I would like to take my talent to new heights. In music, I could be a great performer for future albums and think that audiences around the globe would appreciate what I have to offer as a recording artist. Also, I think if I could release some artistic music videos, I could sell a lot more albums. If given the opportunity to tour worldwide, I would put some of the best dancers together and try to give the world an unforgettable live experience. In film, I am so sensitive to direction; I think I could create some very interesting characters alongside some brilliant directors and writers. I just want to make my career take care of me as much as I take and care for it. I am an artist and I just hope this show will help me to bloom into something more than I already am artistically and spiritually but help me to work within the entertainment industry.
11. Where would you like to be in 10 years and what would you like to be doing?
In 10 years, I would like to be already on a ten year run as a performing recording artist and actor. I would like to be on a five year run with my designer clothing line "Marcelino". I have always been into fantastic designs in apparel and shoes for men and women. This would be a worldwide fashion line that would make fashion shows a new kind of theatre that just presented clothes but with production values that was open to a general audience as well as an exclusive one. I would like to be on a two year run, running an awesome magazine and online forum. I would just be starting to open up dance institutions across the country, where students not only learn just dance and movement, they learn the history, mathematics, science, anatomy, kinesiology, fundamentals, choreography, and conception of dance in all cultures. I would also be successful enough to aid public schools in having substantial music and dance programs across the nation. Then I would embark on helping other cultures in distress as much as I could while continuing to sell records and music videos and films, as well as touring worldwide.
12. What has been your most memorable dance experience?
My most memorable dance experience was in 2004 dancing at the Dancers Responding to AIDS benefit in New York. I danced my first principal role for Cedar Lake Dance under the direction of Lucy "Jen” Ballard. This benefit was in St. Marks Church in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. And the intensity inside the church was so immense I cried. The ceilings were hung so high. Or maybe it was because I'm so short. But you felt as if you were heaven in there, as you could feel all the people’s prayers and hopes. With the angels in the glass windows, the alter directly center, I felt as if I was dancing through the galaxy. To have my first principal role, dancing with such little training I knew that I was in the place that I was supposed to be. It was utterly amazing, I will never forget that.