1. How long have you been teaching at Garden Street?
I have been teaching at Garden Street for about 2 years.
2. What classes do you teach at Garden Street?
I teach Hip Hop at Garden Street.
3. Where do you draw inspiration from when choreographing?
When choreographing, I draw inspiration from a few different things. I usually draw inspiration from real life events. I really like to connect to the audience by sharing something I am going through or have already went through. Also, I draw inspiration from different objects. I like to look at an object like a chair, a table, something abstract, etc. and see how I can portray that object in movement. I know it sounds kind of funny, but it really helps the creative process and helps my body move in new ways. Give it a try sometime!!
4. What is your favorite thing about the students at Garden Street?
My favorite thing about the students at Garden Street is that they are versatile. Many of the students can dance, sing, and act. It is really nice to see the students show their talent in different ways.
5. What initially drew you to dance?
I was drawn to dance at a very early age. Originally, my mom put me in dance class because my older sisters took dance, so it was only natural for my parents to send me to. I have to admit that I honestly wasn’t really into it too much when I was younger, but once I turned 13 years old, I fell in love with dance and knew it was exactly what I wanted to do.
6. What advice do you have for your dance students?
To my students, no matter what any one tells you, you are amazing and unique individuals. Each one of you brings such a genuine and different character to class that puts a smile on my face every week. It is great to see you all just be your awesome selves. Don’t let any one tell you, you cannot do something or that you are not good enough. You have the power to do anything your heart desires. Stay who you are always. Don’t change just to fit in. When times get difficult, keep going. There is love and support all around you!
7. Where do you perform as a dancer?
As a dancer, I have been very lucky to perform in some very cool venues and countries. Most of my performances are in New York City and New Jersey, but sometimes the job calls for performing around the world.
8. What is your favorite performance memory?
When I think about my favorite performance memory, it is really hard for me to pick just one. I have two that comes to mind right away. One of my favorite memories was performing at Madison Square Garden with Meghan Trainor. It was my first time performing in such a large venue. Performing there has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid. It was such a rush performing for such a large
crowd and in a historical venue. It will be a memory I will never forget. Another favorite performance of mine was performing with my crew, Beat Club. We performed a piece called “Iridescent”, and it was one of the best feelings I have ever felt while dancing. There is no better feeling than dancing with people I call family. Knowing everyone has each others backs and sending a really positive and helpful message to the audience.
9. What would you do when you are not teaching or dancing professionally?
When I am not teaching or dancing professionally, I am usually training and choreographing with my crew, Beat Club, traveling, or spending time with my family.
10. What is one interesting or unexpected fact about you that most students do not know?
An interesting thing about me that my students do not know is that I love to explore. I love getting lost in places on purpose, just to discover new things. Sometimes I walk around NYC all by myself with absolutely no destination. I love traveling to a new place and really indulging into everything that place has to offer; the sights, the food, the culture, and what the locals like to do. A huge dream of mine is to travel to every country at least once in my life time. Seems a bit unattainable, but it is possible and I will make it happen!