February 2017 Featured DancerAnna Socha
This month’s featured dancer is Anna Socha! She is from North Carolina and has a passion for dance. Hope you enjoy her interview 🙂
DA: How old were you when you started dancing and how old are you now?
Anna: My mom took me to my dance class when I was four years old. She thought I looked cute in a pink leotard and tights. Since then, I danced all the time; in the living room, in the kitchen, and of course at my studio.
DA: What studio do you currently dance at?
Anna: I currently dance at Carolina Dance Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.
DA: What is your favorite dance style?
Anna: Ballet… but I love jazz and contemporary. Last year I took hip hop classes and I found myself really liking it.
DA: Who has been the most inspirational teacher that you have had and why?
Anna: I never had a teacher who didn’t inspire me in some way. My first dance teacher was Mrs. Jennifer. She always encourages us to do our best and improve. My other ballet teacher is Mrs. Lindsay. She has never given up on us, even if we don’t do everything perfect. Then there is my jazz teacher, Ms. Missy. Ms. Missy has the dedication and persistence that not everyone has. All my teachers are inspiring, I cannot pick just one. I feel very lucky and fortunate to have such inspiring and dedicated teachers to support me.
DA: Have you ever had any obstacles you had to overcome in order to keep dancing?
Anna: I feel very lucky to dance as much as I do and not have any obstacles. My parents and teachers always supported my passion. They always push me to do my best. Other than the typical dancer’s pains I feel very fortunate and lucky not to have had to overcome anything terrible. I am very thankful to have an amazing support system right by my side.
DA: What do you do when you feel as though you want to give up?
Anna: When I feel as if I want to give up, I remember why I started dancing and why I am still dancing today. I love dancing. So if I ever feel like giving up, I try to find my inner self and have fun instead of being worried, discouraged, or frustrated.
DA: What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given during your dance career?
Anna: The most important piece of advice I say is not to compare yourself to other people. When I used to compare myself to other people, I would convince myself and say, “I’m not good enough” or “why can’t I be like her”. All you are doing is putting yourself down. You need to stay connected with yourself and truly love what you’re doing. Never lose your passion because someone is “better”.
DA: What do you foresee yourself doing with dance in the future?
Anna: I really don’t know… I do know that I want to go to college and have a dance career.
DA: Do you have a favorite quote?
Anna: It is a quote by Misty Copeland, “I didn’t fit the mold so I broke it” I love this quote because everyone is different. So why should everyone be in conformity if we were purposely made different? Misty Copeland didn’t fit the “mold” of a perfect ballerina body, so she proved to everyone that even if you aren’t “the” person, you can still accomplish the same things as them with hard work.
Thanks so much Anna for sharing part of your story with us! Keep an eye on our Instagram and facebook accounts and you might see more of our February Featured Dancer Anna!