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60 Seconds with... Graham Kotowich

Graham Kotowich - photo Simon Lawson

In a nutshell describe your job and how you got into it

My job consists of a lot of performing, rehearsals and classes everyday. I got into dance classes through my mother and sisters but even before that I enjoyed to dance around my living room.

Where can you be found when you’re not at Northern Ballet?

Usually I'm in my flat chilling out but I can be found out for a walk or visiting an art gallery, museum, or cinema.

Which is your favourite Northern Ballet production and why?

It would be Romeo & Juliet. The reason is the energy that ballet achieves is truly amazing. There's a lot of vibrant energy which turns chaotic, and love story with it's tragic end leaves you physically and emotionally cleansed.

If you weren't a Dancer what would you be?

There are lots of things I would like to do but community work with people and places who are in need would be very rewarding.

Who would play you in a film of your life?

Friends tell me I look like a young Tom Cruise on occasion, so he could do all the acting scenes and I would step in for the dancing.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

My Dad likes to share advice and quote songs by artists like Neil Young. For example the lyric that goes, "24 and there's so much more..." has an underlining wisdom which has stuck with me.

What song will always get you dancing?

I love so many different types of dance music from all sorts of eras like Soul, Funk, and Electro but if it was one song it would have to be Get up offa Thing by James Brown!.

What scares you?

The thought of Skydiving scares me quite a bit!

What would be your Mastermind specialist subject?

I'm not sure if I'm a master but I do know how to get down on a dance floor and I also have a bit of knowledge when it comes to cinematography and video editing.

If you were on a reality TV show which would it be and go on and why?

Either Wipe Out or Takeshi's Castle, because they look both hectic and awesome!

What do you want to do before you die?

I want to have a go at driving a really nice sports car across Europe.

It’s your dream dinner party – which six people (dead or alive) would you invite?

  • Crystal Nite
  • Nigella Lawson (would be cooking!)
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Sam Cooke
  • Jim Gaffigan

A phrase I use far too much is…

Lately I say the words "ya know what I mean" a lot of the time.

Describe yourself in three words?

  • Radiant
  • Heart-felt
  • Fun-loving

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