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Meet MariaLuciana Arrospide of Lu Arrospide in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to MariaLuciana Arrospide.

MariaLuciana, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am a 20 year old Dancer and Choreographer based in Lima, Perú. A little Flamenco dress with red and black polka dots was the beginning of everything. When I was four year old, my dad came back from a work trip to Spain with this Flamenco dress for me. I was fascinated with my gift and as the curious child I was, I started asking a lot about this Spanish dance. My parents didn’t hesitate to take me to Flamenco lessons when I asked them to. I was very lucky to grow up in such a supportive and loving family. It wasn’t too long after I started taking classes that I completely fell in love with dance. I spent ten years dancing Flamenco non-stop. This technique shaped me into the passionate and disciplined artist I am today. At the age of 11, I booked my first professional job as a dancer. It was a show called “Candela, Fuerza y Pasión.” The production lasted almost three years. The cast became my second family and the theatre my second home. It wasn’t easy finding a balance with school, social life and rehearsals, but with the unconditional support of my parents, my three beautiful sisters and the show crew, we made it possible. It was an AMAZING experience.

By the time the show was over, I was 14 year old and I knew I wanted more. In fact, I needed more. That’s when I decided I wanted to make dance my profession. I knew that meant I had to stop dancing Flamenco for a while in order to start training in Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin styles, etc. It wasn’t easy to leave Flamenco behind. I felt I was disappointing a lot of people but with the years, life taught me that I was actually gonna be disappointing myself if I didn’t fight for this dream I had of becoming a professional well-rounded artist. I trained as much as I could. I focused all my energy in growing, learning and becoming better and better every day. When I finished high school, I got into the BFA Dance Program at AMDA, a performing arts school in Los Angeles. Thanks to the hard work of my family, I was lucky to be able to take the opportunity and move to LA to pursue my dance career.

It was a huge change in my life. Going from a small dance community to the biggest dance industry in the world. Moving from Perú to Hollywood, by myself and away from my friends and family. It was very scary but by far the best experience in my life. I’ve been two years at AMDA out of four and it’s crazy how much I’ve grown as a person and as an artist in this short amount of time. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to teach a lot, choreograph for some Peruvian artists and dance in really awesome events like the opening ceremony of the Pan-American Games and Paralympics. I am extremely thankful for the people that have been with me in this adventure since day one and for the ones that art has brought into my life. I wouldn’t change a single thing about my journey so far and I am excited to see where life takes me.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s been a rollercoaster. There’s been ups and downs. This is not only a very physically challenging career, but it’s also very mentally challenging. It’s really easy to get frustrated with yourself when you are training seven days a week in front of a mirror, in rooms full of talented dancers and with people judging you. But those are the moments when you have to work extra hard and believe in yourself more than ever, cause if you don’t, no one else will. Finding what makes you special and using that to empower yourself.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
At the moment, I am focused on my studies at AMDA and really taking the most out of it by training, performing, observing, listening, getting inspired, making mistakes, creating, playing, making connections and finding my own voice as an artist. I am constantly working on my own choreographies as well as collabing with other artists. Choreography is something I really enjoy doing and I hope I can take it to the next level one day.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I wouldn’t change a thing, but If I could give three tips to the ten year old me it would be:
1. Trust the process.
2. You are good enough.
3. Breathe.

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Personal Photo by Laura Vellutino

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