How old were you when you began dancing and where did you dance? I started dancing when I was 3 or 4 at Robb Card Dance Studio. When I was 6 I started competing in gymnastics and continued to compete until I was 13. I started dancing again in high school and joined Reflections for a few seasons. I took a break from dance while I was in university until I found Femme.
2. What is your roll with Femme? I am an instructor for the Level 1 and 2 ladies. I love Femme for all it stands for, and I love introducing some of the new ladies to feeling empowered through dance.
3. When you aren’t shaking your booty in Burlesque, what is your favorite style of dance? I love challenging myself to learn new styles, but I always like to come back to hip hop.
4. If you could be any animal what would you be and why? I would be a turtle. They hold a special meaning to me and my family, but also they get to explore some of the most beautiful places in the world. Who wouldn’t want to spend every day at the beach or in the ocean!
5. Would you rather eat only your favorite food for the rest of your life or never eat it again? I get very grumpy when I don’t eat, so it would be best for everybody if I ate my favorite food for the rest of the my life haha.
6. What is your favorite song to dance to? I don’t think I have a favorite song, but I love to turn on random Latin hip hop playlists and dance around my house. Also, I am a huge fan of pretty much any Beyonce song.
7. What is your most embarrassing moment on stage? My most embarrassing moment on stage has to be in my first Femme show ever when my front closure bra broke while I was front and centre on stage during the 90’s show. Thankfully it was the one dance that we wore a men’s shirt over top so I was able to limit any nudity.
8. What is your favorite Femme memory? Last session was my first as an instructor, and being able to see the smiles on the faces of my Level 1’s and 2’s after their first show has to be the highlight of my Femme career. Seeing women who started the session feeling insecure and scared dancing their hearts out on stage and feeling beautiful was incredible.
Also, I am lucky enough to dance with some of my best friends every week who never seize to make me laugh, feel supported and empower me. So every week there seems to something ridiculous happen during our rehearsals.
9. When your not dancing what are you doing? Professionally, I am a Drug and Alcohol Counselor for youth. However, if I am not dancing or working you can find me going for walks downtown with my husband, paddle boarding, or laying in the sun.
10. Why have you chosen to dance with Femme Fatale Burlesque? I have always sought out opportunities to join a movement that empowers women to feel beautiful in all shapes, sizes and backgrounds. Femme stands for everything that I believe in - family, belonging and empowerment. Femme allows me to find my love of dance again and provide a space for women to feel their best.