When did you decide you wanted to start dancing?
I wanted to dance before I could talk! My mom tells the story of how she searched for a studio who took 2 year olds because I wanted to dance so bad. I was also a competitive gymnast for 3 years but dance won out.
You had a big change this school year. You started homeschooling. Why did you decide to homeschool?
My dance schedule has gotten pretty intense. Last season, I had rehearsal and classes about 25 or more hours per week plus master classes and privates. My company competes/travels at least 6 weekends with a schedule of Friday about 4pm through Sunday 4pm with not much of a break. Summers are usually even more intense with Nationals and intensives. I didn't have much time to do anything extracurricular or even sleep. I felt like a zombie! I really needed to homeschool mainly so I could get 8 hours of sleep. Now I actually have time to sleep, take a shower, hang out with friends, and get some fun stuff in too! I just finished reading my first novel! I haven't had time to read a book in a really long time.
Tell us about your comp team?
I think I am on a very diverse team. We dance all styles with an emphasis in commercial, West Coast style. Our team is extremely entertaining to watch. We do really well at competitions in all styles but we absolutely kill it in Hip Hop. Many of the alumni have gone on to be successful professional dancers on tours, companies, and commercial work.
What do you like most about dance?
So many things but I would have to say competition. It's so scary right before I get on stage but then the music just takes over and everything that I've worked so hard on for months just comes so automatic. The applause is crazy and the feeling is just incredible.
What do you do now when you're not dancing (or school)?
LOL, well if I'm not sleeping then I'm probably shopping. I do like to hang out with my family and friends. I actually have two nephews! My sister just had a baby and I'm his Godmother. I love to hold him. I have some really fun friends too. I love, love, love my team dancers. But I like to hang out with my friends outside of dance too. Our newest hobby has been Geocaching (thanks Cate), it's like treasure hunting. And, of course DIYs.