MEET THIFFANY FERNANDES: DANCER AND SINGER
This is Thiffany.
Thiffany, tell us some more about how you got into dancing.
That’s kind of a funny story.
I took my first dance class when I was four years old.
I was an only child at the time so my mom thought it would be good for me to have something to do.
She was also a dancer so she was very excited.
However, I stayed for only two days taking ballet because I was so terrified and extremely shy.
I would cry and try running away from my teacher.
So I ended up quitting.
I got back into it when I turned seven years old because I was inspired by one of my friends who loved dance.
But, I think the main reason was because of my love for the arts at such a young age.
I grew up with movies, music, and tv shows, and seeing people dancing, singing, and acting excited me so much and it still does today.
So for over a year, I became very persistent, annoying my mom until she finally put me into dance… again.
I started with ballet and flamenco and the rest is history.
I ended up studying dance for twelve years, taking over 13 different dance styles; tap, jazz, pointe, hip hop, contemporary, samba and so on.
What would you say is one of the most difficult aspects about being a dancer?
I think dance is one of these things that if the individual does not try it for themselves, they don't realize just how difficult it is in every sense.
There's this idea that dance isn't hard because, for example in a ballerinas case, it looks easy.
Little do people realize that's the whole point of dance.
Making something that's hard look easy.
It’s an art and it’s a sport.
The art aspect of dance can be challenging for dancers because they have to master their craft, be vulnerable at all times, learn who they are, and what they have to say to their audience.
This isn't easy because, in my case, I've always been extremely shy.
But because I pushed myself to be open and vulnerable in my classes, I was able to break out of my shell and do my job, which is to make your audience feel something.
Dance is about telling a story without words, so that's why one's artistry is so important.