Finding your path: One dancer’s journey from competition to post-modern dance


A dancer’s life is a journey with endless surprises. You’re on a road - but you don’t know where it will lead.

Ask Joshua Green. A lanky, sandy-haired 25-year-old with an endearing, goofy sense of humor, he started out as a competition dancer in Minnesota, dreaming of working in commercials or music videos. Now, he’s a dancer with Stephen Petronio’s group, one of the hippest post-modern companies in New York, and will be part of its 30th anniversary season next month at The Joyce Theater.

How Green got started was straight out of a musical. His sister was taking dance class at a local school in suburban Minneapolis, and he would mimic her, learn her routines. As they said in “A Chorus Line,” “I can do that!” By age 5 he was in class and recitals. His first performance was a dance to “Rhinestone Cowboy,” faux-cowhide pants and all.


Joshua Green, Stephen Petronio Company © Sarah Silver

Green had found his passion. He loved moving and dancing, but like almost any boy studying dance in the U.S., he had to deal with being teased. “There were comments and I was uncomfortable,” he explained, “but it only kept me out of class for two weeks.”

The next step was also a familiar story. After a few years, one of the school’s teachers took his parents aside, told them their son had talent and that in...


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Photos: Joshua Green, Stephen Petronio Company © Sarah Silver
            Joshua Green in Stephen Petronio's "Like Lazarus Did" © Julieta Cervantes



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