We had the good fortune of connecting with Nayon Iovino and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nayon, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Since I was very little I had a lot of interest in dance, painting and music. It seemed to be a calling for me since I can remember.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m originally from Brazil, where unfortunately there aren’t much opportunities for a professional career in Ballet. Through international competitions I was offered scholarships and had the chance to come to US and start my carrer as professional Ballet dancer. It’s been incredibly hard, first because I’m not tall enough so my technique had to be set apart. Hard work has always been the first ignition to my sucess refining my skills was a must. Since I became a principal dancer my hunger for more never went away. So when an opportunity to choreograph came along I took a chance, and that’s where this hunger to develop my artistic vision has landed, and it has been an incredible journey to create new works.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Have breakfast at Olie Vaughn’s downtown than after a classic hike at camelback. Have some drinks at old town Scottsdale and finish with some dinner at Pa’la. Day trips to Sedona are also awesome!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Ib Andersen, artistic director of Ballet Arizona. For believing in my and giving the opportunity to launch my choreographic career.

Website: Nayoniovino.com

Image Credits
Tzuchia Huang and alexander Iziliaev

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