You are the Season 3 Champion of the Fox reality television show So You Think You Can Dance. How would you describe your experience on the show?
My experience on the show was challenging, exciting, and stressful. Honestly, it didn’t even cross my mind I wouldn’t make it to the show, I didn’t have time to think about the impossible, but when I made it to the top 20 it was incredible for me. It was the biggest thing I had ever done. It gave me the challenge I was hungry for to see if I was a capable dancer and to see how far I could go. Even though I was in competition with people I wasn’t thinking of them I was only focused on how I could grow myself, overcome myself week by week. I was so thankful to be there and the opportunity to learn from so many awesome choreographers as well as dancers was so exciting for me. With everything good, it was still TV. The demanding hours and just being so young it was a stressful place to be. It was just as a relief as it was amazing to win. All that hard work and build up to that day I proved to myself that I was capable, that I could give something to people. The compensation of course made my life as a “starving artist” much more feasible!
Apart from practicing dance everyday, what other forms of exercise or cross-training do you do?
I like to practice dance everyday in many different forms. I don’t like to “exercise” funnily enough. Thank goodness dance is stamina, strength, flexibility, balance, and willpower outside of the infinite artistry and pleasure that it renders. Otherwise I would be happy to lounge about all day!
Do you need to follow a strict diet or eat everything in moderation? What are your favourite dinner meals?
I’m built very small so have to eat a lot so I don’t wither away. My diet is to eat delicious things and many times a day. My favourite meal is breakfast, and more specifically it is an omelette, bacon, and pancakes… Very American!
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