Dava Huesca - Viewers' Choice Jan. 2015

I started dancing at the age of 10 and I'm turning 18 in two months, so about 8 years. I study at Peridance Capezio Center on 14th Street in Union Square and I also attend LaGuardia High school of Music & Art and Performing Arts (The Fame School.)

I study ballet, modern, and contemporary dance. Modern dance is my favorite dance technique. I actually hope to be in a modern company in a few years.

All LaGuardia's Dance Faculty should be acknowledged because they as a whole have taught me and shaped more than any other studio I've been to. I have grown the most as a dancer because of the dance teachers at my high school. 

Elisa King (the choreographer of the piece in my video) was my first Graham teacher. In my school freshman through senior year all dance majors have four modern technique classes a week that are either Horton or Graham technique. So I have been studying Graham for about 3 years. I’ve thankfully had great teachers to teach me this technique which has made me love it, but it takes a while for your body to really execute the shapes the Graham technique demands.

I sent in this same video to the Young Arts Competition, but besides that I've never been a competition dancer.

My advice for dancers preparing for performances: Don't over think before you go onstage. That’s always how I mess up because I freak myself out. And if you do mess up DO NOT LET IT SHOW. Just try to get back on track.

Other dancers, myy peers, my teachers, the people I surround myself with inspire me to dance.

As for future plans, I'm on college auditions right now. I hope to get into Alvin Ailey/Fordham University Program or SUNY Purchase College. Both have outstanding dance programs that I hope to be apart of.