I Love Dance

23: Are you a fan of art? If so, who is your favorite artist? What artistic movement do you prefer?

Yeee.  I love dance.  Dance has been a major catalyst at some pretty key turning points in my life.  I first started dabbling in dance during 7th grade.  My sister’s friend showed her how to arm wave and do figure-8s with her hands, and I got obsessed.  Looking back, it’s pretty embarrassing.  Way back before Youtube or Napster, I used to scour the internet for popping and glowsticking videos and study them all day (Liquid Pop Collective anybody?).  I never got that good at popping or glowsticking or anything, but I was decent enough at a highschool without too many male dancers to make it through the auditions for Dance Production.

Dance Production was this yearly show that ~30 of dancer elite at my highschool prepared for everyday.  It was a “class” basically, but more like a fun hour of rehearsal and chillin.  Without DP, I think I would have turned out much more socially awkward and shy.  I was VERY shy and insecure throughout highschool, but my personality kinda bloomed in DP.  Dancing, or doing anything uncomfortable, in front of people I didn’t know really developed personality traits I didn’t know I had.  As time and practice went on, I finally had confidence in performing and physical expression, and the confidence gave me a starting point to develop more social confidence and be more outgoing.  The point when I KNEW that I had finally broken out of my shell was when I performed a solo in front of the entire 1400+ student body.  Dance was also my gateway into our Senior Fashion Show – I am pretty sure I only made it because I could dance and I was a part of DP.   Not that the social molds exist anymore after graduating from college, but all the “cool kids” performed in the Fashion Show.  As lame as it sounds, slowly I began to realize that maybe I was “cool” in my own way.  My last year in HS closed off with four nights of the Dance Production show.  The Friday and Saturday showing of DP still remains as one of my most invigorating performances ever.  Even with 5 years of ACA on my belt, only 1 or 2 ACA performances come close to the energy that I felt those nights.

At UCLA, I tried out for ACA.  I thought I was the shit because I had watched CADC, KABA, and PAC Modern Fusion 2005 videos all summer, but I really got owned on ACA my first year.  I think getting owned was important because it taught me humility.  Anyway, the Python class (my first year on ACA) had very low competitive expectations because almost everybody bounced from the year before.  Actually, I think if ACA didn’t do as well as we did Python year, we wouldn’t be around anymore.  There’s some history behind it, but we placed 2nd at our one and only major competition that year.  I will NEVER forget what that felt like to prove other people wrong, to prove ourselves wrong.

It is very hard to summarize what 5 years of what ACA has done for me.  It gave me a group of lifelong friends.  It taught me about struggle and hard work.  It taught me what unconditional love is.  It gave me a home and family at UCLA.  It forced me to be a leader, however good/bad I was.  It gave me ambition, confidence, character, an identity.  It defined my college experience.  It gave me 4000+ facebook photos and 15+ vegas trips.  In my later years, my goal was/is to make sure that everyone on ACA has an even better experience than I did.

And all that being said… my favorite artist is Shaun Evaristo.

Although not as intensely, I am a fan of music, writing, and photography.


30 Day Personal Challenge

1: Name two of the most significant people in your life and explain why.

2: What is your stance on religon? Would you affiliate yourself with any?

3: What band / musician is most important to you?  Explain why.

4: If you could chose a time period to be born at , which one would it be and why?

5: At what age were you the happiest?

6: Name five things from your wishlist.

7: Do you read? If so, what are your three favorite books and why?

8: If you could live anywhere, where would you live and why?

9: How old do you think you act? Explain.

10: If you could only live off of one food and one beverage for the rest of your days, what would they be?

11: What is your favorite quote? How does it relate to your life?

12: What item of clothing do you wear the most?

13: What can you not live without?

14: Name things that you do every day.

15: Who is someone you admire. Why?

16: If the world were to end tomorrow, what would you do with your remaining time on earth?

17: What do you want to be when you get older? Why did you choose it?

18: If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be? What would you say to them or ask them?

19: What is your favorite film? Why is it so important to you?

20: Would you consider yourself an optimist or a realist? Why?

21: Do you want children? Why or why not?

22: What subject did / do you exceed in / at school?

23: Are you a fan of art? If so, who is your favorite artist? What artistic movement do you prefer?

24: How attractive do you consider yourself?

25: Would you rather date someone plain with an amazing personality or someone beautiful with a plain personality?

26: Choose two: mentally stable, intelligent, attractive. Explain why you chose those two.

27: Which do you prefer: films or television? Why?

28: If you could choose to live forever, would you? Why or why not?

29: Do you wish for anything at 11:11? If so, what do you wish for? Has anything ever come true?

30: What do you imagine your life like at age fifty?


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