2010-11 Luvabulls: Kafi
Burr Ridge, IL
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
What does being a member of the Luvabulls mean to you?
It means everything to me! The Luvabulls has been such a great learning experience for me and it has definitely shaped who I am. I have learned so much about myself through this organization and I absolutely love every minute of being a member. I always have to pinch myself and remind myself how blessed I am to lead this life and how much this organization means to me. It is my heart and soul and I absolutely love it.
How has your dancing experience led you to this point?
When I graduated from college, I had 18 years of dancing experience behind me including dancing at the University of Illinois with a dance team that my best friend and I created. I have experience in almost every dance genre including ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, tap and modern but I just couldn’t grasp the idea of not having a group to dance with after college! Dance has been a major part of my life and has evolved into my passion. Joining the Luvabulls was a dream come true for me and I never would have guessed as a little girl wearing a leotard in a ballet class that all of my dancing experience would have led me up to this point.
What is your claim to fame—besides being a Luvabull?
Being a model and having had incredible experiences including traveling for runway shows, photo shoots and being a spokesperson for several ad campaigns.
What people do you admire the most and how have they supported or inspired you as a dancer?
I have so much admiration for my parents and how they have each inspired and supported me in their own way. I could not ask for any more support from one single person than my mom gives me every day. Her undying support and never-ending love makes her an icon to me. My mom is honestly my biggest hero. My dad on the other hand plays the quieter role but his support is just as important. My dad has always let me try, and sometimes fail, at whatever my goal is in life. He has always been there to support me and lend me a shoulder to lean on, cry on, and carry me through whenever I needed it. No matter what, my parents are always there for me and that inspiration has made me the person and the dancer that I am today.
What is your proudest accomplishment to date and where do you see yourself in 10 years?
My proudest accomplishment to date is living my dream. Between having Luvabulls in my life, being successful with my job and being surrounded by loved ones I could not ask for anything more. Waking up every day is such a blessing and I am so happy to be at this point in my life. In 10 years I see myself happily married with a family and giving my children as much love and support as my parents continue to give me. I plan to still be dancing in some way whether it is on a world stage or a dance class or both. I want to travel and live as much of life as possible and also give so much back. Life is what you make of it and I plan on not wasting a single second.