Archetypes: Sara Burke

An interview with Sara Burke, dancer, owner of The City Studio Dance Center and diversity-in-the-arts activist.

 

What is your current frame of mind?
Optimistically pensive.
When and where are you happiest?
When I’m dancing at my dance studio.
What is your favorite smell?
Eau Du Soir perfume.
What is one word or phrase that describes you?
Passionately cheerful.
What did you eat for breakfast today?
A nutrition drink and a piece of mozzarella
cheese.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Well…”
What is your most marked characteristic?
Energy.
What is your greatest weakness?
I talk too much.
What trait(s) do you most admire in others?
Listening and kindness.
Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
My husband; he’s my favorite date.
If you could change one thing about yourself,
what would it be?

To be more concise…and thinner.
Which living person do you most admire?
 President Obama.
What is your most treasured possession?
My charms; they are like a diary of my life.
What is your greatest fear?
Not leaving any footprints.
On what occasion do you lie?
To avoid hurting someone’s feelings.
Who are your favorite writers?
Simone de Beauvoir, D.H. Lawrence and James
Baldwin.
Which artist do you admire most?
Miss D (Katherine Dunham).
What is your favorite hobby?
I’m embarrassed to say this, but Words with
Friends.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Antionette Carroll, the first Katherine Dunham
intern at RAC.
If you could have dinner with one person, dead
or alive, who would it be?

Charlie Rose, because he’s interviewed everyone
I’d like to meet.
What are you most looking forward to?
More adventure, learning new things and
traveling.
What is one thing you wish would happen?
That we could break down racial barriers.
What is something you still want to learn?
More languages.
In another life you’d be?
A male me.
What is one thing you’d like to see happen
before you die?

An African American running a major arts institution in St. Louis.
If you could say something to your younger self,
what would it be?

Get up earlier.

‘Archetypes’ are off-the-cuff interviews with St. Louis’ most inspiring,
well-known personalities based on the 19th century Parisian parlor game
known as the Proust Questionnaire.

 

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Sara Burke

 

Photo credit: Wesley Law

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