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Conversations with Regina Fergerson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Regina Fergerson.

Regina Fergerson is from San Bernardino, California where she began dancing at the young age of two. Her training began at a local studio in Rialto. She trained in a variety of dance styles including ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern, tap and more. She immersed herself in the art and quickly fell in love with dance. Throughout the years, she would perform at community events, recitals, and local talent shows. She always knew she wanted to be a performer at a young age. She would put on performances in her living with her sister dancing to prince. Regina went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from California State University, Long Beach. While studying in Long Beach, she worked with many different choreographers and served three years on the nationally ranked University Dance team. Her time on the dance team greatly impacted her life, in that journey she was introduced to her mentor Rey Lozano. He was integral in supporting and guiding her to pursue a professional career. Regina has danced with Lady Gaga, Arianna Grande, Barbie, CBS, and Adidas. Regina has traveled throughout the states and overseas to judge for various cheer and dance competitions. She has been a dance educator at local studios, various elementary schools, and community centers in the greater Los Angeles area.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My journey definitely had many challenges. The first one that comes to mind was the passing of my dad when I was 16 years old. This experience completely changed my outlook on life. I learned to continue to value and cherish every moment you can with your loved ones. My dad now became a huge reason for my why in life. I always have him in my mind and heart in every audition and job I book. During this time, I struggled to continue dancing and my teacher and owner of Dance Dimensions Performing Arts Center was there for me and supported me in my dance dreams and goals. The road to booking my first professional dance gig was a journey. I had my first dance agent when I was 14 years old in Los Angeles. I went to countless auditions for various projects. Each time I would leave my heart on the floor and wonder why was I never getting the callback. This cycle continued for ten years but I did not give up. I knew I had a gift that needed to be shared with others. I held on to my faith and knew God would have a plan for my dance career.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a professional dancer. A few of my favorite styles to perform in are jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and cheer. It such an honor to be a part of various projects that contribute to pop culture. I am so proud of the work I have done under the direction of Richard Jackson. He is the creative genius behind Lady Gagas dance steps and visuals. The project I am most proud of is performing in “Rain on Me” music video by Lady Gaga and Arianna Grande. The experience was so magical words can’t describe the creative energy I was surrounded by throughout the process. I also adjudicate cheer and dance competitions. I love watching different dance studios and teams to see what they are creating year after year. It is so inspiring to see dancers of all ages put their hearts on the floor and show their passion. There’s something so special to watching people do what they love. Lastly, I am a dance educator at a local elementary school. I teach creative movement and foundational dance styles to K-5th graders. I had the pleasure of staging and creating their dance recital showcasing 400 of our students. It is so rewarding to teach dance and give students access and opportunity to performing arts.

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
My advice in finding a mentor would be to first seek out industry professionals that you deeply admire. Look up their work and who they are connected to. Try to reach out to their team and explicitly share your interest to have them as a mentor. You can also join different associations and become a member to get connected with professionals like yourself. In doing so your network will grow and you are bound to connect to someone. Most of all, my advice would be to do the very best you can wherever you are placed. Your discipline and hard work will shine and there is always someone who is watching and believes in you. Moreover, your mentor might be working in a different field and that’s okay too, they can still offer valuable information to further your development.

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