When did you start dancing? As a young girl, my mother’s artistic interests definitely influenced my sister and I. She encouraged us to explore different classes and forms of art, and I fell in love with dance from the beginning.
How did dance help connect you to your community and Brazilian heritage? Dance is very important in Brazilian culture. For example, during Carnival, everyone takes to the streets to enjoy samba dancing in the larger cities. My smaller town put on an annual talent show where I was able to showcase my love of dance alongside many other artists and performers. There is a real sense of community around dance and performing.
Do you have a favourite style of dance? Ballet has always been my favourite. There are so many methods and styles to ballet; I am always inspired by the brilliant choreography and precision in a production like Swan Lake—my absolute favourite! I’m excited to have tickets for the National Ballet of Canada’s production of Romeo and Juliet here in Toronto this summer.
How has dance influenced your work? In my career as a designer, I find myself drawing inspiration from all types of art, including dance. Elements such as rhythm, flow and hierarchy play a key role in design, and can also be found in a dance studio in their own unique way.
What makes you so passionate about dance? As I have never been as comfortable with words, artistic pursuits such as dance have allowed me to express myself the most authentically. Dance has given me many skills that extend into my everyday life, from focus and consistency, to perseverance.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to get started with dance? I suggest starting with online videos. Watching online in a comfortable environment is a great way to learn some basic steps and remove some of the pressure and intimidation. I encourage everyone to push the boundaries and let go of the need to be perfect in their art, but rather focus on the expression, movement, and connection to other people!