Inside Sean Suozzi's Dance Bag

New York City Ballet soloist Sean Suozzi travels light.
Published in the Dec 2007/Jan 2008 issue.

New York City Ballet soloist Sean Suozzi packs his dance bag lightly—and there’s a reason for that. “The truth is I don’t have anything,” he jokes. “I steal everyone else’s stuff—anything responsible people carry.” He begs or borrows most dance-related items, such as tape, scissors and Band-Aids. During NYCB’s long seasons at the New York State Theater, dancers can keep necessities in their dressing rooms, rather than carrying heavy bags every day. “When I get to work, I’ll take out the computer and put in clothes or what I need and take that to the studio or stage,” says Suozzi. He often also has videos from which he learns ballets: “Rubies” from George Balanchine’s Jewels for a gig over the summer, and Jerome Robbins’s NY Export: Opus Jazz for a film he’s producing with fellow NYCB dancer Ellen Bar. Other than that, what you see is what you get—almost. “I brought the tennis balls, but that’s totally a lie, because that’s one of the things I steal from people,” he says. “I use them to massage my calves.” After seven years with the company, Suozzi says, “People are ready for me, and they expect me to ask them for stuff.”

The Goods

Gatorade, Advil, videotapes of George Balanchine’s “Rubies” and Jerome Robbins’s NY Export: Opus Jazz, notebook, Elle Décor
(“I love interior design”), tennis balls, ballet slippers, warm-up clothing, BlackBerry and laptop computer.