Dulcinea started dancing when she was 4 with “Miss Ronnie”, who taught her Martha Graham Technique. At 13, she studied with Paul Sanasardo, who didn’t like her habit of looking through the window at people walking down 6th ave during her barre exercises. He issued her an ultimatum: “You must choose between the window and the studio. If you want to dance in my company, you must stay focused inside the studio for the next ten years!” Unwilling to give up observing humanity’s dance, she chose the window and stopped dancing for several years.
At 17, she traveled to Europe for the first time, and discovered a small pantomime theater in Tivoli Garden, in Copenhagen. The stage was empty. She imagined mime – which she knew nothing about – as an art form that combined dance and theater, and decides that it was what she wanted to do.
Her parents insisted on her going to University. She chose Friend’s World College, a Quaker* “University without walls”, where she was able to create her own curriculum, on the condition that her studies have the aim of improving the world. She adopts this philosophy, at first in order to please her parents… but she firmly believes in it to this day.
(*) The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) started in England 350 years ago. The Friends believe a part of God exists in each human being, and they advocate respecting human rights, worldwide justice, economic equality and peace.