Drew has performed works by acclaimed choreographers including George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, Lar Lubovitch, Dwight Rhoden, Mia Michaels, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Itzik Galili, Andrea Miller, Mauro Bigonzetti and Lightfoot Leon.
In 2008 she co-founded her independent partnership, “Jacoby & Pronk,” with former Dutch National Ballet dancer Rubinald Pronk. The duo was featured on the August 2009 cover of Dance Magazine an have received acclaim in many leading dance publications. They made a collection of films together with fine art photographer Alvin Booth, entitled “Les Beau est Toujours Bizarre,” which premiered at American Dance Festival’s 2009 Dance on Camera Film Festival. Jacoby and Pronk have guested with Dutch National Ballet and have performed multiple seasons with Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, as well as engaging in their own projects all over the world. In 2010, Jacoby and Pronk formed a small touring company which was presented at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Holland Dance Festival, Belgrade Dance Festival, and New Orleans Ballet Association.
Drew continues to perform at prestigious international galas and joined Nederlands Dans Theater 1 in August 2012. She also founded a media website in 2010 called DancePulp.com (also on Hulu.com in the U.S.), featuring video interviews with high profile dance industry professionals she’s encountered during her travels.
Drew continues to inspire many as she takes on her latest challenge…motherhood. Thank you Drew, for your inspiration.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did you always want to do what you’re doing now?
I wanted to be in the spotlight in some capacity. I knew that. I pretty much knew from the time I was 10 that I wanted to be a ballerina. I wanted to “make it big” and had dreams of big city life from a young age. I was quite athletic and creative, so dance just naturally took the front seat. .
Favorite Things to eat?
Vietnamese, Israeli, and Mexican foods are my favorite. Savory, healthy, robust, and organic. I LOVE FOOOOOD. I love to cook as well.
The Screwtape Letters, Lolita, The English Patient
Life is Beautiful, Moonstruck, Clueless, Pulp Fiction
Favorite Dance Piece or Show/Musical or both?
One of my favorite recent pieces is Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Babel. Some classic favorites are Balanchine’s Serenade, Forsythe’s Enemy in the Figure, and Kylian’s Bella Figura. I also love the classic Fosse musicals like Chicago.
I like dancers who…
…aren’t afraid and are generous
I am afraid of…
A dance piece should…
consume and transform you.
Something you like to do other your current job?
Cook, entertain, organize, produce.
One of the happiest moments in your life?
I think it’s about to come…I’m expecting a brand new baby girl late January, and I believe that experience will be the happiest and most fulfilling day of my life. My wedding day was also incredible, but I think this will be on a whole new level.
One of your most unusual or coolest experiences?
I met Madonna and almost went on tour with her. Her casting director was head over heels for us. In the end, she wanted only street dancers for her tour, so she didn’t go with my partner and I on a specialty act. But when we went to see her concert a few months later, we were shocked that she integrated our audition music into one of her acts! The music was from a German electronic group that her producer made sure to take note of after our audition. One of her costumes was also strikingly similar to the one I wore for my audition.
One of the most embarrassing moments in your professional career?
I once got booked for an event for the the grand opening of NYC’s Juicy Couture store on 5th Ave. I thought it was going to be really cool and edgy. But I ended up having to dress up in pink tights and a tutu like a little girl and pose in the window of the store as celebrities were photographed as they entered. I felt way overqualified for the job and like a caged animal… totally against my standards! And the pay wasn’t even that good.
Who has been the most influential person/people in your life? or Career? and why?
In my career, Alonzo King…he was my first director and was full of integrity and respect, nourishing me as a young dancer, pushing me to my limits, demanding a lot physically, mentally, and even spiritually. He gave me freedom to become a confident artist and laid a solid artistic and physical foundation for my career to come.
In my life, my husband, who I respect immensely and challenges me be better than I could be on my own. I married young, and I truly believe it was one of the best choices I will ever make. He has added wisdom, stability, security, joy, adventure, and peace to my life.
One of the hardest things about your job?
How consuming of time, physical exertion, and self it is. And how little material reward is given for a life of dedication. This career usually ends abruptly and without lasting financial security.
Do you have any goals you still wish to achieve?
I would still love to do something on a commercial level (like a movie, tv show, or world tour with a pop star) or be in a Broadway show. I feel like that is the only piece that’s missing from my dance career, but I still feel overwhelmingly fulfilled. I would like to be a director of a dance company or producer of a project involving dance in the future, using my leadership skills and past experience to prolong my career in dance and give back.
Something you would change in the DANCE world?
Small mindedness and leaders who don’t have broad perspective and skills/experiences outside of just a dance career.
Something you would change in the REAL world?
I would like to see more focus on community and less on individual. Easier said than done. Education, gun control, and child abuse are all issues that are important to me. Sometimes I wonder why I chose such a self-absorbed career.
A question you want to know the answer to:
I saw a butterfly in my dressing room right after my grandma died. It was really weird. I was indoors and just sitting on my clothes. I want to know if that was just a coincidence.
A piece of advice for aspiring artists?
Stay open to new experiences and go outside your comfort zone. If you’re unhappy, take risks and be proactive to make the changes you want to see happen to give you the satisfaction you’re looking for. Don’t remain stagnant.
Main photo by: Rahi Rezvani