What does being a member of the Luvabulls mean to you?
Having a chance to dance and cheer for such a prestigious team is an honor. To do it with a set of amazingly talented women enhances this experience. These ladies have class and I’m blessed to have worked hard enough to have this opportunity to perform and be a part of the Luvabull family.
How has your dancing experience led you to this point?
Dancing has been in my bones since I was a little girl. I was self taught in turning in circles and walking on my tippy toes. My parents decided to get me real training at age 7. I’m a Ballet dancer now, also trained in Modern, African, Jazz, and Hip hop. This training came from my wonderful arts high school, dance summer intensives and my university. I decided to move to Chicago after college because this city has a great appreciation for arts. All of the years of dedication and even perseverance through some hard times in dance have led me to this point.
What is your claim to fame—besides being a Luvabull?
My claim to fame was having the opportunity of being an extra in a dance movie. I was in high school and I met some people I respected and admired. It was loads of fun and I look forward to doing it again someday!
Describe the feeling of hearing your number called at tryouts as you made the Luvabulls
When I heard that lucky number “8” called, the first thing I thought was to contain my happiness, but that did not happen. Bright lights came out of no where, imaginary fireworks went off in my head, and tears rolled down my face once I heard my number. The audition process was long; to have my number called meant the world to me. I am new to Chicago and all I talked about to my co-workers and friends was auditioning for the team when auditions posted. When I auditioned I gave my all, the practicing and stressing was all worth it!
What do you do for a living?
I’m a Sales associate and Pointe Shoe Consultant in a dance establishment. I analyze and fit beginning to advanced dancers in Pointe shoes. These are the shoes that allow people to dance on the top of their toes. I fit girls and women daily so they can experience the joy of dancing on Pointe, the correct way. It can be a long process because every foot is different and but it’s a fun task and a great work environment.
What people do you admire the most and how have they supported or inspired you as a dancer?
There are three people in my life that I not only admire but they have supported me from day one. My Mom, Dad and brother have always been there for me. The amazing thing is that we all have our own art forms we study. I admire their continued dedication to their art, which inspires me to work harder on my dancing. Those days when I feel like I may have failed, hearing their words of encouragement picks me back up. We have one of the tightest bonds a family of four can have and I love them dearly!
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 the Arts with honors and being the first grandchild to graduate from college in my family! In 10 years I see myself still dancing in a contemporary ballet company and teaching. I also hope to be married with twin babies on the way :-D!