An interview with Sasha Mallory

 
 

AE: I would’ve thought it would be the one you did with Kent Boyd (“Fool With Me” by Me’Shell Ndege’Ocello) because you had everyone crying and it obviously hit you personally.

SM:
That was a pretty tough one. Not to dance but I’m not really an outspoken person all the time. I don’t really talk about my personal life all the time because it’s not really a big deal for other people to know about my personal life. On the show I didn’t want to say so much so it wouldn’t be a huge deal but, yeah, that dance was really — it kind of hit a spot for me. It wasn’t just about being in a relationship with one person. I think that dance, for me, was just a journey through my life. I didn’t really look at Kent as just one person. I looked at him as just everything that has ever hurt me in life and anything that has ever brought me up and pulled me down. I kind of looked at him like that and not as an actual figure, like a person in my life. I’ve been through a lot and it wasn’t hard to get out my emotions across the stage but I think it was hard to keep one story. I have so many stories! Everyone has a lot of stories. Life is so crazy with the ups and downs.

AE: Doing a dance like that one, would you say it was cathartic? Like you feel better just to express those feelings and get them out?

SM:
It wasn’t really like that because I’m kind of past the grieving stages of my life. It’s more like I’m just telling a story and telling who I am. I am really glad that I got to make a lot of people cry [laughs] and show people how much dance means to me and what telling a story means to me and getting something across to another person. It wasn’t like a relief that I got to do it but I’m just trying to tell a story. I really love doing that piece a lot. It felt really good.

AE: Have you heard about the recent brouhaha about people being out on reality shows like American Idol and The Voice?

SM:
Yeah.

AE: What was your experience on So You Think You Can Dance like since you didn’t put your personal life out there?

SM:
It’s not important for America to know that personal side of me. They just needed to know if I could dance and if I had a personality. They didn’t really need to know if I was gay or straight. Who I’m sleeping with is not important. This is my craft, my art, it’s what I do and who I sleep with doesn’t really change that, I don’t think. I’m not afraid to tell people I’m gay. I’m proud all over the place. Ask anyone! [laughs] It’s just something that never needed to come up because it would just take the focus off of my dancing and it will put it into “I’m gay,” ya know? But I’m happy to talk about it. I’m totally open about it and I’m a very open person.

AE: Also, you would think in the field of dance, it’s a pretty common thing to have a lot of gay dancers, right? It just comes with the territory.

SM:
It’s a lot more on the male side than the female side in dance. I actually haven’t been around a lot of girls that are gay in dance. Well, actually, I might have but maybe I didn’t notice. I used to have a really bad gaydar but it’s gotten a lot better. [laughs] It’s a lot better now but I don’t even think about being gay or straight or anything. I just think about being with whoever makes me happy. I’m attracted to girls and that’s what’s going to make me happy. I don’t even like to label myself. I’ve flirted with guys before and I’ve done stuff with guys before. I’ve actually had two boyfriends but I know at the end of the day who I want to come home to and it’s going to be a girl. That’s what I like.

AE: It’s a testament to your talent that a lot of the dances are about the chemistry with another dancer, who often is a guy. Even that dance you did with tWitch (“Misty Blue” by Dorothy Moore). It was so hot! Was there a different preparation involved there?

SM:
To me, I just look at it as another thing that I’m doing. I don’t really look at a guy or girl. If I have to connect with a person onstage then I connect with them. It can be a dog [laughs] and I’ll connect with them. I don’t really analyze it too much. I just do it. I don’t know how to explain it but it’s hard for some people to get that concept in their mind but I just kind of go for it. I don’t really think about the past or the future or anything. I focus on who this person is now and what I have to do to make a story out of it and tell the story.

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