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Q&A with dancer...
WOW: When did you first become inter-
ested in being a dancer?
KC: I have been in dance since the age of
two but it was at the age of twelve while
watching a broadway production in New York
of Man of La Mancha that I said to myself
this is what I would like to be doing.
What types of dance do you do?
What type of dance don’t I do would be
easier to answer :) I have done many styles
but presently I do Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary,
Modern, Folk, Femme Funk, Hip Hop, Heels,
Which is favourite and why?
Oh, the infamous question I never seem to
have an answer for....each one gives me some-
thing the other cannot, so it is very difficult
to choose just one favourite.
Where did you formalise your skills?
I was trained and still train in the techni-
cal genres of dance such as ballet, jazz, mod-
ern etc at The Caribbean School of Dancing
right here in Trinidad and the more commer-
cial styles; hip hop and dancehall I started at
Elle NYTT, as well as international schools
in New York; Peridance Capezio Centre and
Broadway Dance Centre and in London; Pine-
apple Dance Studios and Studio 68 and I still
continue to fly out every year to train with
these international schools in both technical
and commercial genres.
I read somewhere that for someone to
be an exceptional dancer they must start
at a tender age. How true is that?
ABSOLUTELY FALSE! I believe a person’s
drive and determination can take them any-
where their heart desires. I know dancers who
started dancing at sixteen years of age and
are exceptional in their craft.
What do your feet look like?
Cute. Well most people would think my
feet look like the overly publicized image of
a typical dancer missing toes nails, torn skin
and scars, however, I take relatively good care
of my feet, sure, I do have a few battle scars
from the dance life but I assure you its not
what someone would typically see in the
How long does it take to learn choreog-
raphy for a two hour show?
Well this would vary in the number of
pieces I am in for that said show, however
typically rehearsals for a production starts
eight months prior; to learn and perfect the
Are you a full time dancer?
I am also a dance instructor alongside being
a dancer, but yes, all things dance is my full
How popular is ballet in T&T?
On one hand it is popular especially with
children, there would be crowds of mummies
and daddies to see their princess float across
the stage dressed as a ballerina, but on the
other hand in Trinidad we have few dance
companies that produce only professional
ballet productions like New York City Ballet
because our culture does not call for it.
Talk about some of your most memora-
One of my most memorable performance
was when I was invited to dance at ARTstage
in Basel, Switzerland by Flavia Schweizer in
2015. It was very last minute but I could not
say no, to be invited to such an event was a
huge honor how could I say no? I decide to
do choreography to what else but Soca, I was
on an international dance festival stage it only
Another memorable performance would be
dancing in local choreographer and dear friend
Deliece Knights piece titled “Hidden Curric-
ulum” in COCO Dance Festival. Having the
opportunity to be part of the message that
sometimes society unknowingly teaches us
lessons that may not always help but hinder
us as a society was another memorable per-
What do dancers eat?
Oh the everyday struggle I have with some
of my students lol. Everybody’s diet goals are
different but for a typical dancer whose goal
is to withstand long days filled with rehears-
als and productions should have 5 small meals
Breakfast, Mid-Morning Snack, Lunch,
Mid-Afternoon Snack and Dinner. High in
healthy carbohydrates and fat for energy,
moderate protein to help rebuild muscle, cal-
cium to support bones, fruits and vegetables
of course stay hydrated with water and some-
times I substitute with coconut water. A typ-
ical diet could look like
Granola with almond milk, a piece of fruit,
coffee or tea.
Hummus and Veggies
A Shrimp Salad
Fruit and Nut Mix
Brown rice, Baked Fish and Veggies
How many years does it take to become
a professional ballet dancer?
When I think professional ballet dancer, I
think of the likes of Misty Copeland, Carlos
Acosta Svetlana Zakharova etc and I believe
they have been training in ballet for six - eight
years religiously with goals of becoming a
professional ballet dancer.
How long is the career of a professional
A working professional ballerina career
usually starts in the late teens and could last
till late forty, that is if serious injuries do not
come in the way along with proper care for
What is the hardest thing about being a
It is a very demanding lifestyle on the body,
the body was not made to endure combina-
tions of standing and turning on the toes.
And what’s the best thing?
Stepping out on the stage to perform what
you’ve been training and rehearsing.
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