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Thank you to our amazing September Featured Dancer of the Month, Abby Vasquez, for your candid answers and inspiring pictures. Keep up the good work at your studio! Make sure to check out her interview below.

DA: How old were you when you started dancing?

Abby: I started dancing when I was seven years old and am now 13.

DA: What studio do you currently dance at? 

Abby: I dance with Cedar Park Dance Company in Cedar Park, Texas.

DA: What is your favorite dance style? 

Abby: My favorite dance styles are contemporary and improv.

DA: Who has been the most inspirational teacher that you have had?  Why? 

Abby: That’s a tough one to answer. I would have to say it’s a three-way tie. My ballet teachers, Skylar Norris and Wendy Clark because they made ballet fun, which helped instill a love and appreciation for ballet and how important it is for all other dance styles. Amy Martinez, who owns the studio I dance at, always makes me feel loved and cared for. She always encourages and supports me, especially when I am having a tough day. Courtney Lopez, the studio director, because she always challenges me to improve myself and push beyond my comfort zone. 

DA: What obstacles have you had to overcome in order to keep dancing?  

Abby: I have a short term memory deficit that has made it hard to learn certain things. I have had to figure out ways to remember choreography and sometimes it is hard to pick up combinations quickly. Luckily, all the dance teachers at my studio have been really great about helping me. I’ve found that once I practice something enough times, my muscle memory takes over.

DA: What do you do when you feel as though you want to give up?

Abby: If I’m frustrated or having trouble mastering something, I tell myself that if I just keep trying, I will eventually get it. 

DA: What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given during your dance career? 

Abby: To stay humble and try your absolute hardest.

DA: What do you foresee yourself doing with dance in the future? 

Abby: I would love to have a career as a dancer and choreographer. Eventually, I would like to mentor young dancers and help others who have disabilities.

Check out Abby on Instagram: @_abbyvasquez_

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