Abbigail is a talented 15 year old that started dancing at Dance World Dance Studio when she was just 4 years old. The day at my studio capturing these stunning portraits was such a memorable time. Abbi, I hope these pictures are a lasting portrayal of your strength and beauty as well as a celebration of what the expression of dance means to you.
THE INTERVIEW ...
How long have you been dancing? Since I was 4, so about 11 years.
What got you into ballet dancing? Watching people, how they move when they dance. And in my 4 year old mind I'm like, let's try it!
What's your favorite part about dancing? The music mostly. I always listen to the beat first to get the movements correct or to help me think of the best dance movements for the song.
Where do you see yourself taking dance in the future? I see myself doing dance as a hobby mostly, but I'd make a career of it if my first job didn't work out. If I don't make a career of dance I'd probably be an anthropologist.
What are you doing if you're not dancing? Probably reading.
Do you do other types of dance besides ballet? I do tap, jazz and a little bit of lyrical. If I were to get into any other type of dance besides those it would probably be hip-hop.
How do you feel when you perform? I like performing, but the night before the show I'm always so nervous. Then, even tho I'm scared to go on stage I do it anyways.
What's been the biggest mishap you've had at a performance? Last year the music stopped and I had to keep going. It hadn't ever done that during the practice so it threw me off. It came back on then and it was fine but yeah, that was a little scary.
Do you have a person you like to dance with? My friend Shelby. She's in the dance class at school. She started dancing last year and I actually got her into it.
What three items do you always have in your bag? My phone, earbuds, and shoes.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Being where I want to be and liking it there.
Do you have a key to success? Work hard. There's going to be failures either way but don't give up. Don't back down.