|Posted by mstiffy on October 12, 2011 at 5:15 PM||comments (0)|
During the month of October, MTD is bringing you a new interview series entitled, "Why Do YOU Dance?" We will be interviewing dance educators, dancers, choreographers, and all around dance enthusiats to get different viewpoints on why dance is so important in their lives. Our second interview takes us Tennessee.
Lucia White is a singer/song-writer and lover of dance.
1) Tell me about your dance background?
I'm not a dancer in the strictest sense, but dance has somehow, someway always been a part of my life. When I was in elementary school, I was on the school dance team. I remember one of our routine's being to Michael Jackson's song "Jam." VERY big song during that time. :o) When I was in middle school, I was on my church's praise team. The dances we did were very lyrical. When I was a senior in high school, I made the dance team and shook my booty every Friday night in sequined leotards to the sounds of our marching band. I continued to dance off and on throughout my college years, and even though I hate that I never became the dancer that I wanted to be, I'm still grateful for what I gained during the years that I did dance.
2) Do you think dance is important for everyone? Why or why not?
I think it is important for everyone. I think that dancing allows you to take a break from being so serious about life and live for a moment. I think that it also allows you to live outside of your own mind, your own world, or whatever you're going through and just live and be and escape for a while.
3) What is your favorite style of dance?
My favorite dance to do is hip hop. My favorite dance to watch is anything, less Irish dancing. Sorry Michael Flatley. If I could ask God for the ability to do any kind of dance, I'd ask him to allow me to be able to do contemporary.
4) Tell me about a (fun, scary, emotional, etc.) experience you had while dancing?
I had the opportunity to take a class from Wade Robson a few years ago. I didn't eat before the class, so throughout the entire class I had a headache. I didn't want to sit out and miss being able to take a class from Wade Robson, so I just toughed it out. By the time it was time for us to dance in groups, my head was splitting with pain. I started to not go on the floor when my group's number was called, but I told myself, "When are you ever gonna be able to say that you danced for Wade Robson in one of his class?" So I sucked it up, hit the floor, and completely ruined his beautiful dance. I was SOOOOO embarrassed. There were 5 of us on the floor, so there was no where for me to hide. I sucked the entire time...in front of Wade himself. The only thing that made the day worth it was when I met him after the class and got a hug and a picture with him. Other than that, I would love to forget that day ever happened. LOL
5) Why do YOU dance?
I dance because it makes me feel very aware and very connected to my body. I dance because sometimes my movements say what my mouth cannot. I dance because it's the closest thing I know to being able to fly.
Thank you so much Lucia for your input! Much success to you and your music endeavours in the future!
|Posted by mstiffy on October 10, 2011 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
During the month of October, MTD is bringing you a new interview series entitled, "Why Do YOU Dance?" We will be interviewing dance educators, dancers, choreographers, and all around dance enthusiats to get different viewpoints on why dance is so important in their lives. Our first interview takes us to Charlotte, NC.
Elizabeth Emery is the owner of Dancers Unite Fine Arts Academy in Charlotte, NC.
1) Tell me a little about your dance background.
I started taking dance lessons at the age of 3 and began dancing competitively at the age of 7. I have performed and competed up and down the East Coast, as well as taken dance classes (from such places as Broadway Dance Center in New York and the Boston Ballet School ). I have studied many different types of dance, including ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, lyrical and more. I also started teaching dance at the age of 13 and have taught hundreds of students in the dance studio setting as well as at local schools.
2) Do you think dance is important for everyone? Why?
Yes! Dance can bring so much joy to a person’s life. Dancing is fun as well as a wonderful way to escape from the stress and problems of the outside world. Also, learning new dance steps and styles is exciting and can give you a feeling of great accomplishment. These are things that can benefit everyone!
3) What is your favorite style to teach or perform?
Although I love many styles of dance, tap is my favorite.
4) Tell me about a (fun, scary, emotional etc.) experience you had while dancing or teaching?
My family and I have always enjoyed vacationing at Disney World together. An experience I’ll never forget is getting to dance in Disney World. Dancing in Disney World – performing on stage in the Magic Kingdom , being able to dance for the crowds in the park – was so much fun!
5) Why do YOU dance?
I dance because I love it! I dance because dancing has brought me so much joy over the years, continues to bring me so much joy, and I love sharing that joy with others.
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