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A Day in the Life of Michael Trusnovec

Yesterday, our cover star and veteran Paul Taylor Dance Company member Michael Trusnovec gave us a tour of his day-to-day routine. Taking over our Instagram and Twitter feeds, he documented his every step, from breakfast to rehearsal to dinner with friends. In case you missed it, here's all the action:

 

 


Every day starts the same with a healthy fruit and protein packed smoothie!

 

 


My downtown commute begins here.

 

 

Have to stay strong for all of the partnering in our upcoming Lincoln Center Season!

 

 

Nothing prepares me better for a long rehearsal day than ballet class with Zvi Gotheiner.

 

 

Lucky me to have this iconic image of Paul Taylor greeting me everyday.

 

 


A quick check of the PTDC social media posts for the day with fellow dancer Eran Bugge.

 

 


And rehearsals begin! First up—Cloven Kingdom!

 

 


A little fuel to keep my energy up.

 

 

Rob Kleinendorst and I getting some post Sunset notes from the Dancemaker himself.

 

 

Love the sensation of the quick, weighted changes of direction in all the Taylor repertory.

 

 


Can't wait to perform the beautiful, classically Taylor Airs with Eran Bugge during PTDC's 60th Anniversary NYC Season March 12th-30th at the Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.

 

 


A quiet moment in the studio and a power lunch of grilled chicken, apple and avocado is the perfect way to end the rehearsal day.

 

 

Making a few adjustments on my ...Byzantium costume with wardrobe supervisor Clarion Overmoyer.

 

 


Some post-production editing on a new PTDC web video before hitting the shower.

 

 


Six hours later, it's time to exit the Taylor Studios!

 

 


At the fab new broadway show, Beautiful, choreographed by my incredibly talented and good friend Josh Prince!

 

 


The perfect end to a perfect day? Dinner and plenty of laughs with the girls—fellow PTDC dancers Laura Halzack and Michelle Fleet.

 

Want more? Go behind-the-scenes of Dance Magazine's cover photo shoot with Michael Trusnovec and Paul Taylor.

 

Photos by Michael Trusnovec and Francisco Graciano.

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