TheArtOfDance

Apr 3

Giving Back

This year, I’m giving back - As much as I can - Sharing with you all as much as I can about the knowledge I’ve acquired while being in the industry. Here we go…

Don’t ever take anything for granted. Especially health.

I’m a dancer with a TERRIBLE back. I have never gotten it checked out, and that’s something I plan on doing this year. But, in the past, it has kept me from work, made me immobile some days, and continues to ache from time to time. Ultimately, whether I was actually able to prevent it or not will be a mystery, but I’m here to tell you to take all precautions necessary to prevent this, if at all possible.

I’ve thrown it out after a day of basketball, but worse, after sneezing, coughing, and even putting a golf ball on the floor (recently). I was unable to move for a whole day, extremely slow for the next couple, and now, still in pain and at about 70% range of motion. 

STRETCH. EXERCISE your core. If you feel slight pain, take it easy and get it checked out before you end up like me. I’ve laid in bed wondering “is this the end of my career?” and let me tell you…it is NOT a good feeling. God blessed me to have a great career, and every time I thought I was down for the count, he brought me back, and I promised myself I’d be better. I’d be more careful. That this time I wouldn’t take it for granted. And every time…I did just the opposite. I’m 25 and feel like I have the back of a 50+ year old. When you see me limping, slow to sit or stand, it’s no act. It’s real. And it happens to a lot of people.

I’m not here for your pity. I don’t want you to feel bad for me. I couldn’t care less. But what I DO want, is for you all to learn. To see that these things happen. It’s scary. Take care of yourself. I want to make an impact on the future. For the better. That’s always been one of my goals. To make sure you young dancers and peers don’t make the same mistakes I’ve made. And this is one thing I can help with. God Bless. :)


Retirement

I posted this a couple days ago on my facebook page. Here it is for the people that didn’t see it.

After being in the dance industry for almost 8 years, I’ve decided to retire. Not from dance, but from the industry. It’s about that time. I was, and am, truly blessed to be put in the position I’ve been put in, but dance has never been my true passion. It made me competitive, sour, and sometimes even dislike dancing. I’ve gone back to my roots of where and why I started. The fun of it. The LOVE of it. I believe that people lose sight of their love for the art of dance once they move to LA. I was guilty of it…We all started to dance because we love it. Not because we wanted to be popular, or famous, or rich. But once we move here, these things become our goals. I don’t want to be one of those dancers anymore. I’m beginning to love the art again. I’ll move on with my life, but I’ll always continue to dance. All o’ y’all inspire me, truly. And I hope I continue to inspire y’all as well. I promise to keep puttin out videos. I think they’ll be even better now that there’s no pressure. And I hope that dance continues to live on through me. :)


Dec 11
Chilled with the homegirl @reenatolentino last night. Funny times. Hahaha. #ALWAYSright  (at Panera Bread)

Chilled with the homegirl @reenatolentino last night. Funny times. Hahaha. #ALWAYSright (at Panera Bread)


Dec 9
Okay okay! Last one! I promise!!! Me and @jasminevillegas last night. We just had so many good photos I had to share them with the world. Love you girl!!! #bombparty #pajamas #happybirthdayvillegas #skateland # (at Skateland)

Okay okay! Last one! I promise!!! Me and @jasminevillegas last night. We just had so many good photos I had to share them with the world. Love you girl!!! #bombparty #pajamas #happybirthdayvillegas #skateland # (at Skateland)


@jasminevillegas and I doin the damn thing!!! #happybirthdayvillegas many more pictures to come. #pajamas #onesies #skating #skateland (at Skateland)

@jasminevillegas and I doin the damn thing!!! #happybirthdayvillegas many more pictures to come. #pajamas #onesies #skating #skateland (at Skateland)


A year ago today, I took a wonderful person to this wonderful place. GO! It’s incredible. And a BEAUTIFUL experience. #wakefieldwinterwonderland#iwillneverforget #holidayseason #merrychristmas #lightsonlightsonlights  (at Wakefield Winter Wonderland)

A year ago today, I took a wonderful person to this wonderful place. GO! It’s incredible. And a BEAUTIFUL experience. #wakefieldwinterwonderland#iwillneverforget #holidayseason #merrychristmas #lightsonlightsonlights (at Wakefield Winter Wonderland)


Me and the birthday girl @jasminevillegas #kangaroo #pajamaparty #rollerskating #myonesieisbetterthanyours#ilovethisgirlsomuch #happybirthdayvillegas!! Ps, I know how to skate, I was just bein funny #kneepads #elbowpads #helmet (at Skateland)

Me and the birthday girl @jasminevillegas #kangaroo #pajamaparty #rollerskating #myonesieisbetterthanyours#ilovethisgirlsomuch #happybirthdayvillegas!! Ps, I know how to skate, I was just bein funny #kneepads #elbowpads #helmet (at Skateland)


Dec 6
Happy 21st @ryanlramirez. This photo is cause I know you won’t remember it tomorrow. #shediditright #celebrate21sts #goodjob

Happy 21st @ryanlramirez. This photo is cause I know you won’t remember it tomorrow. #shediditright #celebrate21sts #goodjob


A family photo. The day my mother moved back to Japan. #raregem #nofilter #lax->narita

A family photo. The day my mother moved back to Japan. #raregem #nofilter #lax->narita


Dec 5
Switched up my Xbox avatar today. :)

Switched up my Xbox avatar today. :)


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