What experience, mentor, or teacher supported your passion for dance?
As a child, I would curate dance shows with my siblings and showcase it to my family after dinner. We would get dressed up, play our favorite CD ("Oops!...I Did It Again" by Britney Spears) and dance around the living room, while my mom videotaped. When I turned 4 years old my parents enrolled me at Patricia Penenori Dance Center and that's where it all began. Ms. Pat saw my potential at a very young age and shaped me into the dancer I am today. I wouldn't be where I am without her guidance, love, and endless support. I'm also fortunate to have parents who have supported my dreams of being a dancer. Even when times were tough, they provided and made sure I could attend dance classes. I'm truly blessed to have such selfless and supportive parents.
When did you first know you wanted to dance, what clicked for you?
Every summer, I would take a break from dance and try other recreational activities like synchronize swimming, tennis, etc. But there was always something lacking and I couldn't wait to get back to dance classes. When I turned 13 years old, I knew I wanted to pursue this craft professionally and I began to train intently.
When and where was your first or favorite performance?
Growing up, I competed in dance competitions and one of my favorite solos to perform was "Carmen." I absolutely loved the sensual, yet classy, choreography and the challenge of dancing with a prop (a chair).
Why did you choose to come to Ballet Hispanico?
I first heard about Ballet Hispanico when I was in college. They came to New World College and set a piece called "Asuka" choreographed by Eduardo Vilaro. Upon graduation, I visited New York and had the honor of taking company class. I remember leaving the building and saying to myself "this is where I want to dance." Ballet Hispanico's mission aligned with my reason and purpose as to why I decided to pursue dance.
How do you see dance progressing as an artform/what impact do you feel you or your generation of dancers will have on the field of dance?
Throughout this pandemic, we have been able to thrive and push the boundaries of dance virtually. It's been challenging, but we have come together as a community to show the importance of dance. We will continue to make an impact in this world because dance heals the mind and body, elevates the spirit, and provides freedom of expression through movement.