I love to dance, but I haven’t always been a dancer. When I was little, my mom enrolled me in ballet classes, a great foundation for all kinds of dance. My ballet career came to a quick halt because I was too embarrassed to wear the leotards and show the two little moles on my left leg. I wish my mom had pushed me to continue the classes, but my childish self-consciousness won out.
As an adult in NYC I took some hip-hop classes, but when I started my company in 2010, dancing was put on hold again. Finally, just a couple months ago I committed to consistently going to a weekly hip-hop class with my amazing instructor, Micaya, producer of the San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest at Dance Mission Theater on Tues and ODC Dance Common on Thurs.
If you know me, I’m the type of person whom when I choose to commit to something, I really commit. It’s 120% or nothing… I hate half-assing something. So, I took a step further and decided to join the “Mission in the Mix” dance workshop, where a group of beginner and intermediate dancers learn multiple choreographed routines in 2 months and perform 6 times in public as our “graduation” show. I’ve been rehearsing hard on average 6-8 hours a week. It was a little tough remember all the choreography at first, but I love it a lot and now I’m ready to share!
Our group has six performances scheduled at the end of the month on June 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30. In addition, each show will feature Micaya’s SoulForce Dance Company and a host of many different guest performers including P.O.P.
House Of Chiefs, 8 Count, Kani Terry and more. Tickets are only $17 and available at Brown Paper Tickets. If you’re interested in coming to see me embarrass myself, do get tickets ahead of time since they tend to sell out toward the end. I’m not the most experienced dancer in the crew, but I’m also a lot less self-conscious than I was when I quit my first ballet class 🙂