This series of 10 snappy questions offers a look behind-the-curtain and gain an insight into a dancers stylish lives.
This week Ballet.Style meets ...
Solomon Golding, dancer with San Francisco Ballet and in my opinion a style leader !
What style do you like most in the studio ?
My studio style varies depending on whether I want my body being seen or not. Most dancers have experienced that feeling of just not wanting to be faced with themselves in a mirror first thing on a Monday morning! On days like these I like to wear my Aviator Nation super worn sweat pants. They are very comfortable and allow me to reach my full range of movement without getting in the way. On days when I feel like a bit more comfortable or if I'm in coaching and really need to see how my body is working, I like to wear tights or shorts. I usually like something with a pop of colour because life is too short and really enjoy pairing those with a fun graphic t-shirt.
How would you describe your fashion outside the ballet studio ?
My fashion outside of the studio is very much curated by me for me. I really feel that fashion is another form of self expression for me and it is something that I have a lot more room to be myself within. It has changed a lot throughout the years and I like looking back at outfits and knowing exactly what I was going through at that point in time. I wear hats and I think they are a motif for me. At the moment I'm really enjoying playing with silhouettes and illusion. Double waistlines have really caught my attention and I am liking the idea of fashion not being so much of what you wear but how you wear it and have had a lot of fun wearing what I already own in a different way.
Tell me how you have styled your home ?
My home space is quite minimal. I like black, especially in my bedroom, so my chest of drawers, bin and laundry basket are all black. My bed is also black but it's a super minimal metal scaffolding frame. I love to be surrounded by plants so I have plants in my room and the pots are black also.
What’s your favourite meal to cook ?
I don't cook at all. Some of the guys in San Francisco Ballet took me to the most amazing Thai restaurant called Bai Thong and I'm a little bit obsessed now. Also California has the best Mexican food outside of Mexico so I can be regularly found at one the amazing Mexican restaurants in San Francisco.
What your number one make-up product or beauty ritual?
I recently changed my foundation for shows to the Fenty Beauty collection and it was the best thing I've ever done. I also wear the same colour as Rihanna so I'm well chuffed about that. My skin always gets so irritated by shaving but I recently found an amazing lotion called Tend Skin Solution and I use it after shaving and I barely get razor bumps anymore. I also discovered this amazing vitamin-E oil that's hyper concentrated called 'Sundown Naturals Vitamin-E Oil 70,000 iu' and has done wonders on my skin but I'd suggest mixing it with Palmers or another moisturiser as it is very viscous and is hard to spread on your skin by itself.
What do you eat before a big show ?
I usually eat at 5pm for a 7:30pm show and that would be a normal sized meal of whatever I fancy. I wouldn't ever eat a curry or anything spicy before a show for obvious reasons but other than that I'm not that restricted on what I'll eat before a show and it varies depending on what I'm doing in the show. Sometimes nerves might mean I won't eat until after the show.
What do you get up to on your day off ?
On my day off I like to sleep a lot. I recently moved to the US and going to the cinema is an experience and a half. Everything is super sized and loud and amazing! I also like to work on things like my website or work on outside projects that I don't have the time to give attention to whilst working.
Where is your favourite place to tour ?
My favorite place to tour probably has to be Japan. I just adore Japan. It's so eccentric and I really appreciate the culture and I could also live off of sticky white rice and Japan is definitely the place for it! A close second would be New York City and I really enjoyed Chicago and Washington DC when I went with The Royal Ballet.
What are you reading at the moment ?
There is a great series of books called The Last Interview. They are a selection of interviews with famous individuals who have now passed on. I read James Baldwins, a famous gay African American writer and activist, and was absolutely humbled by the intelligence and eloquence of his answers about race, sexuality and religion especially from a gay black man in the midst of the Civil rights movement in America.
Is there anything you are doing outside of the ballet world you would like to share ?
I recently went to Los Angeles to shoot a music video for an amazing musician and song writer called Harrison Kipner. It was shot and directed by Brantley Gutierrez who has made music videos for Arcade Fire and Diplo so I'm super excited to see the finished product. I was also recently interviewed by a Nigerian based magazine called 'A Nasty Boy' which explores otherness in people, culture and society.
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