When he was six years old, Ethan Digby-New visited the local zoo and wondered what it must feel like to be a butterfly. Sadly, he still does not know. This question persisted and with it an insatiable desire to experience the impossible—unaided flight. Though he jumped off many buildings, he never found the answer. But he did find something close: dance. This discovery prompted him to begin training at Greensboro Performing Arts in 2015, where he interned in stagecraft and management, took dance classes, and choreographed and performed in their musicals.
In 2018, he began attending UNCSA, where he studied Cunningham, Limón, Countertechnique, and more under the NextNow and Harper Lee scholarships. He’s danced in works ranging from Robert Battle’s "Battlefield," set by Elisa Clarke, to Douglas Dunn’s "Pulcinella." He hopes to one day experience what it’s like to be a butterfly.