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Is this your full time work ?
N9 Dance Company is my full
time job, and I do find myself
evolving yet again as I put new
projects together. I see these
changes more like innovations that
will work synergies with my dance
career, and I am excited for the
What jobs have you held before
becoming an entertainer on a full
I worked at Angostura, Carasol,
TV6, Wire Newspaper and TBC
radio, all of which I tackled on a
daily basis in a creative manner.
You have to remember artists also
get bored easily!
Of all your performances which
would you like a first time audi-
ence to experience?
When it comes to seeing a per-
formance, seeing my work for the
first time I prefer them to see the
dance of the nine yard veil, and I
literally tell a story with the fabric
moving through the air.
Where were you born and
where did you grow up?
I have lived the majority of my
life around the Queen s Park
Savannah, a definite blessing espe-
cially around Carnival time.
At which schools/institutions
did you receive your education?
My school life started at Wood-
brook Presbyterian, Maria Regina,
followed by St Joseph s Convent,
Port-of-Spain, and UWI to attain
my film degree.
What was the most difficult
decision you ever had to make?
My most difficult decision
involved me choosing calm and
peace over anger and ego which
has led to forgiveness and an intro-
duction to real prayer. People hurt
us and we have to find ways to
release it or else it eats us up inside.
As I tell my dancers, "Stress is like
drinking from a poisoned cup and
waiting for the other person to
What is an interesting facet of
your personality that most people
do not know about you?
A lot of people don t know how
much I truly care for the people
of my country. I m proud to be
Trinidadian as well as Tobagonian.
I create because of opportunities
afforded to me here, in this space,
and for that I am grateful.
Who was your hero growing
up (fictional or real or both) and
why? And who do you admire
My mom and my aunts are def-
inite heroes to me. I understand
them so much more now, and now
I m blown away by what they have
done for me. We see only one side
in youth and multiple sides as we
mature. No need to look very far,
I was blessed with strong female
characters in my life.
What daily motto/credo do you
live by and in three words, your
recipe for success?
I live by the N9 credo: "The
spirit of the body is master of the
body." Replace spirit with breath
and all of your power in your life
is dictated by it. So a recipe for
success: "Live, love and laugh out
When and how did you get into
I always had it. I can tell you
that as a kid I recognised the signs
within myself and I went ahead
fearlessly, and even when I was
bypassed for something I never
held onto the hurt knowing that
better would be waiting around
the corner for me.
Of all your accolades, accom-
plishments, prizes and awards
which do you rate as extremely
My performance for the Nation-
al Awards last year was very spe-
cial. Keshorn Walcott had won and
the hype for the event was larger
than life. I was backstage as the
only singular dancer to perform.
Then Mungal Patasar comes up to
me and says "you made it." I actu-
ally felt a flutter of mild nervous-
ness, not for the event but at the
milestone that it was for me. Then
as I stepped out on stage to per-
form with the 18 feet of gold silk,
I saw Peter Minshall and to me he
had his hands clasped above his
black hat in jubilation at the drama
of the entrance for the dance. That
performance is a blank to me after
that since I performed on complete
spirit that night.
Where do you see yourself in
five to ten years?
My vision in five to ten years
has a lot of versions and I am open
to all of them, but I can say that
most of my previous visions from
five to ten years ago have come
What is/are the most important
lesson/s you ve learned in life?
My most important revelation
so far is that my mind creates my
truth, my lies and my reality.
What advice would you give to
the young people of T&T?
An education is not just a piece
of paper, it is designed to help you
become the best individual you
want to be in a shorter time frame!
What is the best compliment
you have ever received?
One of my new students told
me that I don t see them as stu-
dents but as they truly are...in
other words their true selves.
If you had to switch places with
someone else for a week who
would that be?
I would definitely switch places
with someone who had an all
access pass to Disney World! Hey,
you said for the week right!
What do you want to accom-
plish with your talent?
The things that I still have to
accomplish with my talent are cur-
rently in the works but the main
purpose is to unify people. When
we perform at weddings and birth-
day parties we are part of their
collective memory, and we always
go for a beautiful and fun expe-
rience for them.
What are your most prized
My most prized possessions
include my family and the love we
have that gets us through the most
trying of storms.
What goals and or ambitions do
you still have?
I have a lot of goals and ambi-
tions but I refuse to pressure myself
into living always looking forward
too far into the future. I appreciate
the now , it is all we truly have in
time and space.
If you could dine with anyone
in history who would it be and
why? What dinner conversation
would you have with that person?
Pablo Picasso---one of my
favourite artists! We would have
a Spanish meal, I would dance fla-
menco and then he would give me
a tour of his works. What more
could you want?
Describe yourself in two
words---one beginning with N, the
other with A, your initials.
How can we find out more
about you and keep up to date
with your latest news?
N9dance.com; Facebook: Nalini
Akal and N9 Dance Company fan
pages; Twitter: N9 dance
'God loves artists'
...that belief keeps me going---Akal
From Page B1
"The spirit of the body is
master of the body."
Replace spirit with
breath and all of your
power in your life is
dictated by it. So a recipe
for success: "Live, love
and laugh out loud!"
Multi-talented Nalini Akal.
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