Alina | Captured Imagery's Dance Project

The Interview:

How long have you been dancing?  I started dancing when I was 5 years old.

What got you into dancing? I always liked the ballet style of dancing.  I thought it was really pretty to watch point shoe dancers and how they do all these great performances on their toes.  I always wanted to work toward that because I thought it was something different to do.  I think my mom originally brought up the idea of dance class to me. But then as I started doing it I got really into it and it became my hobby.  You know, everybody has their 'thing' and mine is dance.

What do you like about dance? I like how you can express yourself without really needing to talk.  You get to be yourself and people can't really judge you for it because there are so many different styles: lyrical, contemporary, ballet, etc.  It's really for everyone.  Everyone dances whether it's in your room alone or in a studio.  Everybody does it.

Do you have a favorite dancer?  This is going to sound really cliché but my favorite dancer is my teacher.  Heather teaches me a lot and I've always looked up to her.  I've always just thought she's so cool. She's awesome!

Where do you want to go with dance?  I hope to be professional some day.  One thing I've always wanted to do is somehow help people through dance, like someone who's having a problem in there life or struggling with something and they don't really know how to express themselves to others.  I want to teach people "Hey, you can dance!"  It's such a great way of expressing yourself.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?  I want to be making a career out of this. I'd like to be in a professional dance production somewhere.  I've always looked up to the Rockettes.  I think they're so super talented.

How do you feel when you perform?  I love performing.  It's a big thrill because I'm backstage and I get really, really nervous.  I'm like " O gosh..."  Then I actually get on stage and I'm just super happy.

What has dance taught you?  It has taught me a lot of confidence.  Be proud of what you're doing.  You don't have to be nervous in front of other because they don't judge you for it. I've made a lot of really good friends because of dance which is something I'm really happy about.

Which person would you want to dance with if you could?  I really like dancing with my friends.  They're just really fun to dance with.  We have such a great connection.  It's awesome!

If you could be an animal what would you be and why?  Hmmm, I was gonna go with a unicorn but I'm not gonna do that....  I really like manatees.  Manatees are my favorite animal because they're so big and they're nice to people.  You can swim with them and they're just like "Hey, how you doin'?" They're like a walrus but they don't have tusks.  They just swim, sleep and eat.  That would be me as an animal because I sleep, I eat and I dance.  That's close enough.

What are three things that are always in your bag? Bobby pins, they're a must.  I always have my shoes with me, like 5 extra pairs at all times.  And then water always water.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?  Being with my family and friends, hanging out with them, eating food with them.  For some reason all my conversations come back to food somehow!