January 2017 Featured DancerStephanie Consiglio
For the first month of 2017, we interviewed Stephanie Consiglio from New York. She is a remarkable young lady and we can’t wait to have you read her inspiring interview. Enjoy!
DA: How old were you when you started dancing?
Stephanie: I was 3 years old when I started dancing.
DA: What studio do you currently dance at?
Stephanie: I currently dance at TKO Dance Academy located in Queens, NY
DA: What is your favorite dance style?
Stephanie: My favorite dance styles are contemporary and hip-hop
DA: Who has been the most inspirational teacher that you have had and why?
Stephanie: My current dance teacher, Tommy Tibball has been the most inspirational to me. I started training with him about a year and a half ago and he was able to totally change the type of dancer I was (for the better). He pushes me in every class and he is a choreography genius! My technique has grown and improved so much since I have been training with him and I am so grateful to him for helping me grow as a dancer. He also supported me when I was diagnosed with cancer and choreographed solos that really helped me to express myself through my dancing.
DA: Have you had any obstacles that you’ve overcome in order to keep dancing?
Stephanie: In December of 2015, I was diagnosed with cancer and began chemotherapy Christmas week. After my first treatment, I came home and told my parents “cancer messed with the wrong kid”. I knew that I was going to fight cancer by staying positive and I refused to let it stop me from dancing. There were days I would be at the hospital for 8 hours getting treatment and go straight to the dance studio after! My doctors knew how much dance meant to me and they worked my chemotherapy treatments around my dance schedule. I believe that because I tried to keep a positive attitude and kept my body moving that I was able to kick cancer’s butt!!! I am happy to say that I have been in remission since March and have never felt better! My hashtag is #cancermessedwiththewrongdancer and I am so grateful that dance helped me get through the hardest time in my life!
DA: What do you do when you feel as though you want to give up?
Stephanie: When I feel like giving up, I try to think of the positive things in my life (or I choreograph in my mind).
DA: What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given during your dance career?
Stephanie: The best piece of dance advice I’ve been given is “use your talent for good”. I try to use my love of dance to inspire others and I understand that it is important to use the talents that I have been given to help others and to give back.
DA: What’s in your dance bag?
Stephanie: In my dance bag is: a lot of old snacks, a stretchy band, dance shoes (some that don’t match) a pack of gum, hair clips (because this short hair sometimes goes wild on me), a pair of tights and some change for the water machine.
DA: Any plans for the future that include dance?
Stephanie: I have so many dance goals that I want to accomplish! I was so lucky to live my dream and I danced opening night of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Since I was a little girl, I always said I would grow up to be a Rockette one day and I truly believe in my heart that it will happen one day. Another goal I have is to win a National Title for my solo. I would love to dance in a Broadway show! My biggest plan for the future is to keep inspiring others through my love of dance and showing young dancers that they should never give up on their dreams!
DA: Have a favorite dance convention or competition? If so, what makes it so special?
Stephanie: My favorite dance convention is Pulse on Tour. I am a Camp Pulse counselor and I absolutely love assisting the choreographers and helping the little kids in the room. Since attending Pulse, I have been able to learn from the best choreographers and have made so many awesome new friends! Pulse on Tour has also really helped me to grow as a dancer.
Thanks Stephanie for sharing part of your story with us! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you. Please take a minute to leave a message for Stephanie in the comments!