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Friday, March 18, 2011

Dancing Through Life~ Alycia

 I am so thrilled to post my first ever dancing through life dancer feature and I think we're starting with a very special dancer indeed.  I am sure many of you know Alycia of the fanta-bu-lous blog The Curious Pug, but did you know she was a ballerina?  Well she is and she was gracious enough to share her dance experience with us.  I am so honored to have Alycia as my very first featured dancer.  Here is how she has been dancing through life....

 When did you start dancing? 

My mom put me in dance class when I was 3 and I danced all the way to college!

 What styles did you train in and which is your favorite? 

Ballet, which was my main focus, jazz, and a little teeny bit of tap and Irish step. Ballet was my favorite.

  Did you dance professionally or in college?  If so, where, what schools, companies and/or shows? 

I danced a little in college, but not as my major or anything. I just wanted to keep it up while studying for my degree in Speech Pathology. Eventually I had to stop because my schedule got too full with required major courses. But each summer since I was 13 to 17 I spent my summers in Saratoga, NY studying dance at the Briansky Ballet Center (This one time, at dance camp....hehe!) That was where I really developed my technique and skills.
Alycia and her sister in A Midsummer's Nights Dream--Alycia is the one in the back in arabesque!

  When did you decide to pursue a career other than that of a dancer?  

I knew I didn't want to pursue dance as a career probably when I was 17, right around the time kids start looking at colleges. I didn't enjoy hearing teachers tell me to suck in my already flat stomach and tuck in my booty (ok, that part of me was always a little fluffy) but I also have scoliosis and I just knew that I'd probably never get any better in my technique than I already was. I just wasn't having that much fun anymore and wanted to try new things!

 What do you do now? 

Now, I am an X-ray technician. I knew I wanted a career that dealt with the human body since dance had such a huge impact on my life. Even though I went to college for speech pathology, I realized that I didn't want to be a speech pathologist after all (sorry mom and dad's bank account!) So I went back to school in 2007 to study radiology (which just so happened to have free tuition because it was a hospital-based program. Go figure!)

 How has dance affected your life?  How does it inspire you? 

I feel that dance has affected me in almost every way you can think. I am aware of my body (kinesthetics is the word I think!) I also feel that I learned an enormous amount of respect and discipline through dance.  People who don't even know me ask if I was a dancer because of the way I walk and my posture. But the most important thing is I am very dexterous with my feet!  HAHA!  I can precisely pick things up off the floor with my toes when I don't feel like bending down. I could probably draw you a picture too ;)

But dance definitely still inspires me. I always get butterflies in my stomach when I see a professional ballet performance. I know what's good and what isn't. I literally get chills watching men do pirouettes because they keep spinning and spinning and spinning.  It's bittersweet to watch. Sometimes it makes me sad to watch a ballet because of giving it up, but at the same time I am really happy with my life choices that I have made because I have done so.

 Do you feel like your dance background helped you in other aspects of your life?  Did it contribute to your other successes? 

Most definitely, like how I mentioned earlier with respect and discipline. And also in the creative part of my life. Dance was the first art I learned before sewing and crafting.

 How do you keep a hand in the dance world?  How do you support it? 

I suppose you could say I have a "fingertip" in the dance world because I don't really go out of my way to seek out dance related things anymore. But if I come across a blog or internet article about dance,  I will read it.

 Do you have a favorite dance film, book or dancer? 

I really love Joffrey Ballet's "Billboards." It was the first ballet I saw that was actually cool to me with all the music by Prince. And as a girl from New York, the New York City Ballet was my favorite company with my favorite dancers being Darcy Kistler and Wendy Whelan.

 Do you plan to keep dancing throughout your life?  

Maybe perhaps someday as a way to get in shape, like a jazz class or some other fun dance class with a friend. Nothing serious though. And with lot's of baggy clothes! Besides, big booty's are cool now ;)

Thanks Alycia for sharing what you love about dance and the ways in which you keep dancing through life!  If you are or were a dancer and want to share how you are dancing through your own life, email me and let me know!  
Happy Friday Everyone!


  1. "I feel that dance has affected me in almost every way you can think."

    This is so very inspiring! Thank you. &a very well lead interview.

  2. Love this feature! I started dancing at 3 as well but had to stop because college was so busy. I really miss it! Reading this makes me want to find a class to take. :)


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