We had the good fortune of connecting with Tony Testa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tony, how do you think about risk?
There’s a difference between taking risks for instant gratification and taking risks for a bigger picture. In the latter, you can’t really “fail,” bc a risk taken either teaches you or graduates you. You win some, you learn some.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I don’t know that there is anything that sets me apart from others bc we’re all made up of more or less the same stuff. What I do know is that I am incredibly fortunate to be born in a free country where my basic needs (food, water, shelter) are met. This is really something to dance about. How many would-be dancers were born into an oppressive situation & were never able to realize their gift? How many future Choreographers will never have the right conditions to blossom? I am so so grateful for a wonderful career in the entertainment industry, & I hope to always be able to make money doing what I love. But what really makes my kettle whistle is to create, & I thank god for each day I’m able to do so.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Gotta plan ahead and go to The Broad.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Mom & dad get the vast majority of the credit. Without their dedication to my training as a youngster, I wouldn’t be writing these words in this article. A tremendous credit goes out to my first dance instructors Julie Jarnot, Jenny Owens, Mimi Westin, Kevin O’Keefe, & Rick Justice. Im also full of gratitude for Tony Selznick & Julie McDonald of MSA, & the generous mentorship of Kenny Ortega & Dimitris Papaioannou.
Photo college self portrait: Tony Testa Ballet legs photo: Jacob Jonas