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2012-13 Luvabulls: Meet Brazhal

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What does being a member of the Luvabulls mean to you?

Being a LuvaBull means that I am apart of a team that’s hardworking, beautiful and dedicated to putting on their best performances game after game. I recognize that being a LuvaBull will bring many opportunities, unity among the women and a fun time through-out the year!

How has your dancing experience led you to this point?

I started dancing at the age of three at Studio One Dance Conservatory. From then on I have trained at multiple schools from Ballet Chicago, Gallery 37, the Joffrey Ballet and the Alvin Ailey Summer Program in New York. I have a very versatile dance background studying ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, modern, Pointe, Horton and African. During my high school years at Whitney Young I was a member of the Guys-n-Dolls dance team. Since dancing has been always been apart of my life, it was only right when I got accepted into the University of Illinois that I would major in something that I have always been passionate about. Currently my dancing has led me to become a teacher and inspire so many young students. Dance is the hidden language of my soul and I will continue to speak out and share my craft with the world.

What is your claim to fame—besides being a Luvabull?

During a school wide talent show called Cotton Club, I impersonated the R&B singer Ciara. The video was downloaded to YouTube and the viewings and Likes kept growing. I didn’t expect such an overwhelming response to the video, but was very ecstatic that my family, friends, peers and the other YouTube viewers enjoyed all the hard work the accompanying dancers and I put into the performance. The video is still accessible on YouTube, so check me out!

What do you do for a living?

I am a Fitness Instructor and Dance Teacher. As a Fitness Instructor, I teach the importance of being fit, exercising and eating healthy to children of all ages. As a Dance Instructor, I make sure I use my dance education to help students get engaged and inspired to continue using this art form as their outlet of expression.

Describe the feeling of hearing your number called at tryouts as you made the Luvabulls.

When I heard my number (10) called, I dropped to the floor and let out a sigh of relief. I was excited and overwhelmed with emotions that all my hard work, dedication and focus paid off. The tryouts were tough, but making it to the LuvaBulls let me know that the judges saw the determination and passion I had within me to do anything to make the team. I know that this is only the beginning and I can not wait to see what being a LuvaBull has in store for me.

What people do you admire the most and how have they supported or inspired you as a dancer?

I admire so many people in my family that have supported my dance career since the age of three. They have attended multiple dance performances, given me words of wisdom and always made sure that I challenged myself to do better. I would like to thank my Dad, Grannie, Auntie, Mom and my Dance with Me Production Sister for always being there when I need them.

What is your proudest accomplishment to date and where do you see yourself in 10 years?

My proudest accomplishment is graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign May 2012, with a B.F.A in Dance and B.S. in Interdisciplinary Health. In 10 years I see myself owning my own dance studio, obtaining my Masters in Movement Therapy and starting a big family!