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2010-11 Luvabulls: Meet Dasha




Hometown

Chicago, IL

College

Northwestern University - GO CATS!

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

Born and raised a Chicago Bulls fan in the midst of the Jordan era, and with dance as my passion, it was quite evident to me that becoming a Luvabull would be the key in merging two passions of mine together! I get to watch the greatest basketball players courtside, and share my love of dance in front of my home crowd…all in the home to the greatest basketball dynasty in history. Who could ask for anything better?!

In addition to fulfilling my passions, these past four years, being a Luvabull has played a major role in shaping me into the person I am today. It means setting the bar higher than I’m used to, and through humbling experiences, growing stronger as a person. Thanks to being a member of the Luvabulls I’ve gained invaluable personal skills and work ethic, and even wonderful friends.

How has your dancing experience led you to this point?

I never stopped dancing since I put on my first ballet slippers at the age of 5. Growing up, all through my childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, dancing was the one constant in my life. I trained in all types of dance- ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern, contemporary, African, Latin, ballroom, and tap. I got my first dose of dancing in a sports context in my high school poms squad, and then went on to dance at Northwestern with the Varsity Dance Team LadyCats. Both my versatility as a dancer and my experience dancing for sports teams led me to be ready for the Luvabulls.

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

Besides being a Luvabull, my claim to fame is competing in Las Vegas at the World Hip Hop Championships with my hip hop dance group - CODA. It’s an event where over fifteen hundred of the world’s top street dancers, representing over 30 different countries, compete to capture the world title.

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

I admire my mother and father the most, for a number of reasons, but particularly for being my ultimate fans. With all the dancing I did growing up, they spent countless hours driving me to and from rehearsal, recitals, and competitions. They always attended my dance performances – from the ones in random gymnasiums to ones in downtown theaters, from my first recital at the age of 5 to my Bulls games, from my ballet recitals to my salsa shows, they were always there, yelling my name, waiting for me backstage with flowers. Their undying support and love inspire me to always better myself as a dancer – and always push myself to be the best I can for them.

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

My proudest accomplishment to date is graduating from Northwestern University with a double major and a minor, and landing a job at my current employer- Google! In 10 years I see myself owning a non-profit dance studio, 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.

Dance will always be incorporated into my life :)