After completing almost a full season of performances with Smuin Contemporary Ballet, trainee Jonah Corrall will continue his work with the Company as an apprentice for the 2018/19 season. At only 19, Corrall has appeared in a variety of timeless Michael Smuin pieces, as well as in Smuin’s most recent world premiere from renowned choreographer Val Caniparoli. As an apprentice, Corrall will continue attending rehearsals and learning repertoire alongside Smuin’s seasoned professionals. We’re pleased to welcome back Smuin’s sole apprentice, who shares some of his experiences and favorite moments with the Company thus far.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a professional dancer?
A year after I started at the age of 12.
What initially made you interested in dancing for Smuin?
Dalia Rawson, director of The New Ballet at which I was a Studio Company member, texted me at 7am one morning, and told me that I was going to be taking class with Smuin. I thought I was still dreaming!
What was your first ever professional role?
My first ever professional role was Bach’s Magnificat in The Christmas Ballet.
What are some of your favorite roles that you performed so far?
Baron Von Rothbart in Swan Lake is my all-time favorite character in any ballet. The complexity of his character is immense and took a lot of work to figure out how I was going to play it in The New Ballet’s production.
What are you looking forward to the most this season?
Dancing the huge variety of ballets that are in the programs.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Not really, I kinda just sit on my phone or warm up until I have to put my makeup on.
What would you say was your biggest onstage “blooper”?
Ok so it’s myself, my partner, and three other couples on stage performing Dalia Rawson’s Less Than Three. There’s one section in the piece where the guys split off, and the choreography completely exited my mind, so I went up into the first step and then stood still for what felt like an eternity, fortunately my good friend Ty stood still with me, then he joined back in at the right time but I joined with the wrong move! Then did that same move right after with everyone else! All the guys laughed so hard after we got offstage!
What’s the strangest thing a choreographer has ever asked you to do?
When we were rehearsing Swan Lake at the New Ballet, (myself as Von Rothbart) I was asked to try and be like a leech-octopus-lizard hybrid. It was pretty fun though.
What would you be if you weren’t a professional dancer?
I’d probably like to go into something relating to cars or motorcycles, probably working on them. I’m pretty good at cooking, but I don’t know if I could keep up with a restaurant kitchen– too fast! Owning a small cafe might be fun, though.
What’s something that people would be surprised to find out about you?
I’m a reptile and invertebrate enthusiast, and I used to have two pet snails who unfortunately passed away recently.