Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle deLeon.
Hi Danielle, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My dance journey started in Olympia, Washington when I was just three years old. Originally, I was signed up for dance classes because my two older sisters were already enrolled and I needed a place to go after school. As I got older and continued dancing, I found that dance was a language I could speak when I had no words for the feelings I felt. Dance became an expressive tool for healing that I would eventually go off to study professionally at the AMDA College of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. While studying dance during the Covid-19 pandemic, I have earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in dance earlier this year.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Oh, there were definitely some bumps along the way. I look back and laugh now, but I remember being so hard on my younger self about not having the highest jumps or the most flexible legs. At the time, I didn’t realize that dancing was so much more than being the most athletic person in the room, but more about who had their heart in the right place and was willing to work positively through physical challenges. My worries about my own capabilities would take the back burner when I had to face online college dance classes in the dreaded Covid era. It was difficult to find a danceable space in my home, but learning remotely through Zoom was a challenge I was grateful to have encountered. After all of that, I learned to find the joy in dance wherever I am, even in a cold cluttered garage.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a dancer who loves to do all sorts of dance genres. I enjoy tap, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, modern, ballet, and I’ve even dabbled in Indian classical dancing. However, my dancing naturally gravitates to more fusion styles like contemporary fusion. Fusion styles like contemporary with hip-hop elements really shows the different dynamics that makeup who I am. Additionally, I like to pair my dancing with acrobatics. Along with performing, I also choreograph and teach dance when I visit my hometown.
What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
What I love about our city is that the possibilities are endless. There is always somewhere to go, something to do, and someone to see. People from all over come to Los Angeles to pursue the unique opportunities this city has to offer. Now what I like the least is that the parking possibilities are limited.
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