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2008.09 Chicago Luvabulls

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Meet Luvabull Dasha

Hi, I'm 23, from Chicago, IL and work as a Media Buyer. I attended Northwestern University (Go Wildcats!), my ethnicity is Ecuadorian and sometimes I go by Dashi, Dashy, Dash or Dashina.

Dance experience

My training began at the age of 5 with ballet, jazz, lyrical, and tap. In High School, I danced on the Northside College Prep Poms Squad for four years, three of which I was captain. I also danced in the youth dance company at Joel Hall Dance Center. My training at Joel Hall stimulated my thirst for more variety in dance forms- such as African, lyrical and spiritual dance. I then ended up in a Latin dance company that focused on salsa and mambo, with whom I performed at the World Salsa Congress in Puerto Rico.

In my freshman year at Northwestern University, I danced for the Varsity Dance Team- the LadyCats. As a dance major, I studied Jump Rhythm Jazz, modern, ballet, and traditional jazz. In the following years, I joined a hip-hop dance company, Chicago Onyx Dance Alliance (C.O.D.A), which stresses the importance of understanding the authenticity and history of hip-hop. I continue to train in salsa, mambo, hip-hop, ballet, jazz, and modern.

Lifetime goal

To use the art of dance to enhance the quality of life of underserved children and young adults in Chicago, who would not otherwise be exposed to dance for classes, educational outreach programs, and performances. Through offering free of charge classes, premiere programs, and other opportunities in regions where none exist, I'd like to reach out to the community, with the aspiration to grow globally, by stimulating young individuals with desire for a better tomorrow created through social change gained through the experience of dance.

Three words that describe me are

Optimistic, Ambitious, Compassionate

Quote to live by

Nelson Mandela states it best... "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us... And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." Basically, do not underestimate yourselves, and lead by example.

My pet peeve

Negative people who only complain and never act on making changes!

My claim to fame is...

Being a Luvabull!

Most people don't know this about me...

I have a younger brother at Harvard :)

Years on the squad

Two

Why I chose to be a Luvabull

Dance is my passion and I have been a die hard Bulls fan since the Jordan era. How amazing is it to share two passions of mine- the Bulls and the art of dance- simultaneously?!

Favorite holiday

Thanksgiving--to give thanks for all that I'm blessed with (and EAT!)

Favorite movie

Life is Beautiful

Luvabulls

Best quality

My outgoing and friendly nature- ability to get along with all different kinds of people from all walks of life

Book I'm reading now

The Zahir by Paulo Coelho

Favorite type of music

Salsa, Hip-Hop, House

How do friends see you (three words)

Spontaneous, Loyal, Enigmatic

My proudest accomplishment to date is

Graduating on the Dean's List at Northwestern University and exploring and getting around Paris by myself.

What is the best gift you have ever received?

A customized CD with songs written for me, and a book of poems dedicated to me.

Ideal job

Traveling the world dancing

Advice to young dancers

Keep your light glowing for as long as dancing makes you happy! And dance like no one's watching. "Dancers work & live from the inside. They drive themselves constantly producing a glow that lights not only themselves but audience after audience." -M. Louis.

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