Personality Test: Corey Bourbonniere
Corey Bourbonniere, 23, has just completed his fourth season as a member of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre‘s corps de ballet and is enjoying every moment. His favorite performances include Mark Morris’ “Maelstrom” and “Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes,” being a Stomper in Twyla Tharp’s “In the Upper Room” and playing Drosselmeyer in “The Nutcracker.”
Born and raised in Rhode Island, Bourbonniere lives in Morningside. He enjoys hanging out with friends, mainly other dancers, binge-watching TV shows, occasional bowling and going to the movies — where he prefers comedies.
The dancer likes books with a connection to the human condition. Next up for him is “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” by Col. Chris Hadfield.
Given his life as a dancer, he relates to people who write their own words and make their own art, such as singer-songwriters Regina Spektor and Sia.
The star who would play me in the movie version of my life and why:
I feel like if I didn’t say Drake, people would call me out on it. Everyone says I look like him.
Childhood hero and why:
Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. I remember being so afraid of the dark as a kid. When I saw this show about a young girl who wasn’t afraid to walk into a cemetery at night and take on some vampires, it kind of put things in perspective for me.
The piece of memorabilia from my childhood I wish I still had:
The very first PC my family had. There were so many great videos on there because it was the first time we had a webcam.
The superpower I wish I had in real life and why:
Time travel. I could see my parents as kids, reassure my younger self that everything would be OK, or know how much time I had left with the people I loved.
Snapchat. I love all of the funny filters you can put on your face.
Probably fall. Seeing all of the leaves change in autumn is one of the most beautiful things.
I spend the most time on: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/other/none:
Show I have to binge-watch:
“Parks & Recreation” — the characters are all so funny.
My favorite cable channel:
The E! Network. I’m a sucker for really bad, but really great reality television.
Who’s your favorite TV or movie villain?
Heath Ledger as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.” He was ruthless; it was terrifying how well he acted that role.
Movie I could watch every time it’s on cable:
“Juno.” I just love the writing and the music. Ellen Page is fantastic in that movie.
The movie that always makes me cry:
“My Sister’s Keeper.” I’ve honestly only seen it once, because the one time I did, I cried through a good chunk of it.
If I was auditioning for “American Idol,” my song would be:
“Love on Top” by Beyoncé, although it’d probably be one of those performances used for the comedy portion of the show.
The first band I saw in concert:
The Black Eyed Peas in 2010 at what was the Mellon Arena
The best concert I’ve ever seen:
I’m going to see Beyoncé at Heinz Field on May 31. I have a feeling her concert will take the cake.
Favorite guilty pleasure:
Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Fudge Core. Or the Tonight Dough. I have quite the weakness for chocolate/peanut butter combos.
Pick one: Pirates/Penguins/ Steelers/other/I hate sports:
I probably shouldn’t say the Patriots in a Pittsburgh newspaper, but I grew up in New England. I like the Steelers and will root for them when they’re not playing the Pats.
My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:
Andrew McCutchen. While I’m not the biggest fan of baseball, I have so much respect for him. I feel like I hear just as much about his charitable works as I do his athletic feats.
My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:
Primanti’s kielbasa sandwich with the fries and coleslaw on the sandwich, and some hot sauce on there, too. It’s delicious.
My most embarrassing junk food:
I consider myself a bit of a Taco Bell addict. I love the Crunchwrap Supreme! Their Cinnabon Delights are the greatest gift Taco Bell gave to its customers.
Pick one: Cheetos/Cheezits/Cheerios:
Cheezits. Extra Toasty, please.
Top thing on my “Bucket List” to do before I’m gone:
This might sound really lame, but I really want to raise a family. I want to have kids and see them grow up.
Best vacation ever:
I went to Bermuda last summer on my first cruise. It was so beautiful. I went with my family, and we had a blast.
Place I’d most like to visit:
I’ve always wanted to go to Greece. Some of the pictures I’ve seen of the coast are so beautiful.
In high school, I was:
Always dancing, although I guess not much has changed. I danced seven days a week at three or four different studios.
If I could go back, I’d tell my teenage self …
Appreciate the people and things in your life a little bit more. Life happens so quickly, so don’t take what you have for granted. Don’t be afraid to be exactly who you are, even if you’re still figuring it out. My childhood nickname was:
People did, and some people still do, call me Boob. The pronunciation of my last name gave way to that nickname, and over time, I embraced it.
My first job:
I worked at Wai Wai Chinese Cuisine as a host/server while I was in the graduate program PBT.
I’m deathly afraid of:
House centipedes. Those creepy looking centipedes you see in the basement every now and then that run really fast and have those really long legs.
Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:
I love going up to Mt. Washington and looking over the city. There’s something so peaceful about being up there.
The person I’m most often mistaken for:
My most memorable fashion mistake:
When I was a kid, I loved everything orange. I remember I had a bright-orange track suit that I wore to school with orange sneakers and an orange T-shirt. I thought I was so cool!
The last book I read:
“Room” by Emma Donoghue. I just saw the movie, too. Both were excellent. Tragic, but beautiful at the same time.
If I could live my life as someone else, it would be:
Marianela Nuñez. I’d just like to know what it’s like to dance ballet that perfectly. Just for, like, a day.
Happiness is …
Compassion and wisdom, being able to use both in unison.
People would be surprised to know that I:
Was a very shy kid, probably up until the seventh or eighth grade. I think dancing kind of got me out of my shell.