July 2017 Featured Dancers

The Quiners

The Quiners

This month we have a first for DanceAdvisor.com, we are featuring a whole family of dancers! The Quiners, Elliana, Caroline, Rachel, Michelle, Savannah and Jillian! Enjoy each of their unique stories!

Elliana

DA: How old were you when you started dancing and how old are you now?
Elliana: 2 (age 7 now)

DA: What studio do you currently dance at?
Elliana: North Jersey School of Dance Arts

DA: What is your favorite dance style?
Elliana: Contemporary
DA: What do you do when you feel as though you want to give up?
Elliana: I think of how I can’t wait for our next performance!
DA:  What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given during your dance career?
Elliana: Work Hard.  Never Give Up.
DA: What do you foresee yourself doing with dance in the future?
Elliana: I want to become a professional ballet dancer.

 

Caroline

DA: How old were you when you started dancing and how old are you now?
Caroline: I started at age 2 and I am 10 now.

DA: What studio do you currently dance at?
Caroline: North Jersey School of Dance Arts

DA: What is your favorite dance style?
Caroline: ballet

DA: Who has been the most inspirational teacher that you have had and why?
Caroline: My contemporary teacher Miss Ashley Cicala is always so positive and encouraging!

DA: What do you do when you feel as though you want to give up?
Caroline: I go to my room sad but then I start working on my problem areas to fix them.

DA: What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given during your dance career?
Caroline: Study top dancers!  I love to watch YouTube videos.

DA: What do you foresee yourself doing with dance/acro in the future?
Caroline: I would love to be a professional ballet dancer!

 

 

Rachel

DA: How old were you when you started dancing and how old are you now?
Rachel: I started dancing at age 2 and I just turned 12 this month.

DA: What studio do you currently dance at?
Rachel: I dance at North Jersey School of Dance Arts.

DA: What is your favorite dance style?
Rachel: Ballet and contemporary are my favorite styles of dance.
DA: Who has been the most inspirational teacher that you have had and why?
Rachel: Suzi Taylor, from NYCDA and Steps, is my most inspirational teacher.  I love taking her classes at Steps and she choreographed my solo this year.
DA: Have you ever had any obstacles you had to overcome in order to keep dancing?
Rachel: I felt like quitting dance a year ago.  One of my main teachers treats me meanly saying things like I don’t deserve the last name of Quiner when I am not doing well in class.  She also made fun of Radio City.  Since I was Clara for the show, it really bothered me.  I was so discouraged.  I did not want to dance any more.
DA: What do you do when you feel as though you want to give up?
Rachel: To overcome this, I tried not to take her mean comments personally.  I tried just to make the corrections and not give up.  It’s easier now.  I am more used to it.  Still I wish she would be nicer.
DA: What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given during your dance career?
Rachel: Dance is challenging.  Never stop working to accomplish your dreams!
DA: What do you foresee yourself doing with dance/acro in the future?
Rachel: I hope to be a professional dancer someday.
DA: Do you have a favorite quote?
Rachel: My favorite quote is:  “Nothing is impossible.  The word itself says I’m possible.”

Savannah

DA: How old were you when you started dancing and how old are you now?
Savannah: 3

DA: What studio do you currently dance at?
Savannah: North Jersey School of Dance Arts
DA: What is your favorite dance style?
Savannah: Ballet
DA: Have you ever had any obstacles you had to overcome in order to keep dancing?
Savannah: Mean teachers with destructive criticism that I try to not focus on and injuries I’ve had to work through.
DA: What do you do when you feel as though you want to give up?
Savannah: I think of how much fun it is to perform onstage.
DA: What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given during your dance career?
Savannah: Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn
DA: What do you foresee yourself doing with dance/acro in the future?
Savannah: I want to become a professional ballet dancer.
DA: Do you have a favorite quote?
Savannah: My favorite quote is:  “Don’t practice until you get it right, practice until you can’t get it wrong”

Michelle

DA: How old were you when you started dancing and how old are you now?
Michelle: 2

DA: What studio do you currently dance at?
Michelle: North Jersey School of Dance Arts
DA: What is your favorite dance style?
Michelle: Ballet
DA:  Who has been the most inspirational teacher that you have had and why?
Michelle: Suzi Taylor.  She has pushed me past my limits.
DA:  Have you ever had any obstacles you had to overcome in order to keep dancing?
Michelle: I have bow legs, and sometimes that gets discouraging, but I’ve been given a lot of good advice from ballet dancers with bow legs on how to make them look good.
DA: What do you do when you feel as though you want to give up?
Michelle: I find motivation by talking to my mom about it, or watching videos of top dancers on YouTube.
DA: What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given during your dance career?
Michelle: If you learn to think to yourself that you can, you really can do anything.
DA: What do you foresee yourself doing with dance/acro in the future?
Michelle: I want to become a professional ballet dancer.
DA: Do you have a favorite quote?
Michelle: My favorite quote is:  “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”
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Jillian

DA: How old were you when you started dancing and how old are you now?
Jillian: I was 4 years old when I began dancing and I am 19 now, turning 20 in a week!

DA: What studio do you currently dance at?
Jillian: I’ve been taking classes at the North Jersey School of Dance Arts in Hackettstown and sometimes Steps on Broadway in NYC.

DA: What is your favorite dance style?
Jillian: Contemporary is my favorite style hands down, but I also love tap.

DA: Who has been the most inspirational teacher that you have had and why?
Jillian: I have been very blessed to work with Suzi Taylor for a number of years. Besides the fact that she really knows how to warm up a class (the warm-up in her weekly class at Steps on Broadway lasts for an hour; it is very tiring and so rewarding!), her style of choreography is delightful in how it blends flowy softness with sharp accents and harmonizes the polish of ballet technique with the freedom of contemporary movement. She is so invested in her students and really cares about their development and growth. Suzi choreographed three of my competition solos, and it is amazing how she maintained her distinctive style while tailoring the choreography to emphasize my personal strengths. Her work is top notch!

DA: What do you do when you feel as though you want to give up?
Jillian: Every dancer has moments when he or she feels like a failure. They are so hard to push through, but I find putting mind over matter and telling my body I will not give up gives me a reassuring sense of control over my feelings. I really believe listening to the voice of reason is key when your aches and emotions start getting to you.

DA: What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given during your dance career?
Jillian: Believe in yourself and your unique voice as an artist. I’ve heard this many times and in many different ways, but that’s because it’s important. Confidence is essential for dancing well and sharing your craft with an audience and just makes the work that much more fun! I am very shy and insecure by nature so this does not happen instinctively for me, but I continually see how necessary it is and a significant goal for myself as a dancer is to become more and more confident in my own skin.

DA: What do you foresee yourself doing with dance/acro in the future?
Jillian: I’ve started teaching and rehearsing dancers regularly, which is quite a journey on its own. I also recently started writing for Inside Dance magazine, which is exciting because of how it combines my love for dance with another deep passion of mine: writing! Going forward I see myself continuing to teach, choreograph, and write about dance, and I would love to join a contemporary or modern company sometime in the near future! I also really like the thought of being part of a tap dance company. Other than that I just want to keep taking classes and doing what I love.

DA: Do you have a favorite quote?
Jillian: I like this quote by Martha Graham: “Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”

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