Deniz Erkan Sancak (dancer)
Deniz Erkan Sancak was born and raised in Turkey. Beginning his career in Ballroom/Latin dance, he became a member of the national team of Turkey for Latin American dance sport, competed around the world from 2013-2017 and danced as a guest at the Opera Ballet of Ankara. After performing works by Binnaz Dorkip, Korhan Başaran and Erdal Beşikçioğlu with Tatbikat Sahnesi, he moved to New York to study in The Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY at the age of 18. He was awarded several scholarships throughout his education, including the Adopt-a-dancer scholarship program, BTF (Bridge to Turkey Fund) impact Educational scholarship, and many more talent-based scholarships. In his last year of college, he joined the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company as an apprentice for the 2021 season where he worked on pieces by Igal Perry and Yin Yue. Deniz graduated from Purchase with a concentration in Ballet in May of 2022. Throughout his education, he had the opportunity to perform works by Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Bettijane Sills, Jenelle Figgins, Ana Maria Lucaciu, William Forsythe, Eve Chan and Anna Sokolow. He was a company member in Wonderbound for the 2022-2023 season, and he is very excited to be working with Christopher Williams Dances.