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Personality Test: PBT dancer Luca Sbrizzi

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By Pittsburgh The Tribune-Review
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011
 

Luca Sbrizzi, who joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's corps de ballet in 2007, moves up this fall to soloist with the company. He lives in Bloomfield with his fiancee, Jenna Breitbach.

Sbrizzi began dance lessons when he was 8, studying with his mom's encouragement at his sister's studio in their native Udine, Italy, northeast of Venice. He was 15 when he received a scholarship to study in Florence. After two years of hard work there, he received another scholarship to continue his studies at Boston Ballet, where he met Jenna.

Sbrizzi, 25, and Breitbach enjoy cooking together and make a different dish every weekend to expand their culinary repertoire. They have fun biking around their neighborhood and picnicking in Schenley Park.

Childhood hero: Marco Van Basten. Growing up in Italy, I was raised as a huge soccer fan. I always admired Marco's style and skill on the field. He was the "can-do" player on AC Milan.

Pick one:

A. Go-Gos

B. Goo-Goo Dolls

C. Lady Gaga

D. Yo Gabba Gabba

B. Goo-Goo Dolls. I'm not going to claim to be a huge fan, but I love their song "Better Days"

The piece of memorabilia from my childhood I wish I still had: A remote-control toy race-car track that my Dad gave me for Christmas one year. It was the best Christmas morning ever.

The superpower I wish I had in real life: The ability to stop time, because it would be awesome to take a break from the world anytime you needed.

I can't live without my: iPod, cell phone, DVR, or laptop? My iPhone. I'm addicted to Fruit Ninja.

My favorite reality show: Anything on HGTV, because I'm about to be a first-time home owner. I also secretly love watching "Dance Moms."

Favorite brunch food: French toast with bananas and walnuts. And bacon.

Favorite guilty pleasure: Beer, without a doubt.

Best mistake I've ever made: The best mistake I ever made was kissing a girl who had a boyfriend. I felt guilty at the time, but you can't let the love of your life slip away... Five years later, and we are engaged.

Something I would do over if I could and why: Nothing. I believe everything happens for a reason.

Pick one:

A. Pirates

B. Penguins

C. Steelers

D. Other

E. I hate sports

B. Penguins and D. Udinese, my home town soccer team. I love Pittsburgh sports fans, they are just as crazy and passionate as Italian soccer fans.

Favorite lunchtime spot: Square Cafe in Regent Square

Top thing on my 'Bucket List' to do before I'm gone: Get married, and become a dad.

In five years, I'd like to: I'd like to refine my skill and artistry to reach the level of Principle dancer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

My favorite thing about Pittsburgh is: It is hard to pick just one. I love the people, the seasons and the cost of living.

Star I'd like to dance with on "Dancing With the Stars": I don't really watch the show, so I'm going to say the hot one.

Three people I'd love to have dinner with: Philip Glass, Leonardo Da Vinci and Ron Swanson

My favorite sandwich, plus fixings: BLT, on sourdough, with mayo and avocado.

One word my mother would use to describe me: My mom always describes me as "bello come il sole," which means handsome like the sun.

Celebrity crush: Scarlett Johansson

The oldest thing in my refrigerator is: Aloe Vera juice

When I was 10, I wanted to be: A soccer player and pilot

I'm deathly afraid of: I'm afraid of heights and cockroaches.

The first band I saw in concert: Lunapop (an italian band). I was 14 in my hometown Udine. I had a blast.

The best concert I've ever seen: The Decemberists. It was two years ago at the Byham Theater.

TV marathon I could watch all day and why: "True Blood" 'cause you never know what is gonna happen next, and "That 70's Show" 'cause it's hilarious.

Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark: The heart of Shenley Park, away from civilization.

Saturday mornings you'll find me: Getting acupuncture, Skyping with my family in Italy, making breakfast with my fiancee, going to yoga ... .

Best new gadget I've tried recently. Roku. This little thing is awesome.

The person I'm most often mistaken for: My fiancee thinks I look like Gael Garcia Bernal.

In high school, I was: Living on my own in Florence. I danced days and spent my nights doing homework, washing my laundry by hand and trying to cook.

The most famous person I ever became friends with: Roberto Bolle, a world-famous ballet dancer

The movie that always makes me cry: "Life Is Beautiful"

My most treasured fashion accessory is: A pair of Gucci sunglasses that my father gave me before I came to the United States.

What you'll always find in my glove compartment: Gum and hand sanitizer

My most embarrassing junk food: The bite-size peanut butter cups from Trader Joe's. It's embarrassing how many I eat in one sitting.

If I wasn't a musician/actor/dancer/artist, I'd be: A massage therapist

The last book I read: "Way of the Peaceful Warrior" by Dan Millman. Simply a life-changing book.

My favorite Pittsburgh pizza: Pizza Bianca from Piccolo Forno, it tastes like home.

Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable: "Good Will Hunting" or "Old School"

My favorite website: YouTube.com — you always can find entertainment there.

If I could live my life as someone else, it would be: Matt Damon because he is an amazing actor, and he seems to be truly happy.

My childhood nickname was: Lucannone which is Luca and Cannon combined, because I was a little fireball (to be honest, I still am.)

My first job: Boston Ballet Second Company

My worst job: This may sound cheesy, but I've always been paid to do what I love: dance.

The song that always gets me out on the dance floor and why: "One More Time" by Daft Punk, because it gets me pumped up and I can sing along.

Life would be better without: Money

I never travel without my: Camera

People would be surprised to know that I: moved away from my family to the United States by myself at 17, without knowing a word of English.

 

 
 


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