Camille Pepper is 12 years old. She is already taking the world by storm in dance. Check out this award winning dancer’s interview for Dancer of the Week.
What age did you started dancing?
I started dancing at age 2
What type of dancing do you do?
I train in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre
What is the best experience you encounter during your journey of dance?
I have met so many wonder friends in the dance community. I love going places and seeing different studios that I have met and cheering on my friends.
What are your preparation techniques for your performances and recitals?
I dance at least 4 days a week for 4 hours and rehearsal time is always incorporated weekly. However before competitions, performances, and recitals I really push myself. Lots of stretching, cardio to help with stamina, and watching closely what I put in my body.
Who are your favorite dance performers?
I love Misty Copeland and Debbie Allen! Both have raised the bar for all African American female dancers and I hope to be able to raise bars as well.
Tell us a dance-related memory.
My favorite past dance memory is winning a National Title 2 years in a row. It was such a great feeling. Most recently I had the honor of assisting Fik-Shun’s hip hop class and it was so awesome! I can;t wait for that opportunity again!
What other activities are you engaged in besides dancing?
I love school and it is important that I keep my grades up. I am a member of the Junior Beta Club and also Youth In Government. I am also active in my church. In my free time, which honestly isn’t often, I love to play tennis.
Tell us how you balance your academics and your extracurricular activities…
It is important that I always make all A’s. So I find myself studying any time I can steal a few minutes. Riding in the car to and from dance, getting ahead during the weekends, and sometimes even staying up late.Academics is my top priority so I am very disciplined when it comes to school work.
What are your future goals?
I plan to attend a university with an awesome dance program. After college I would love to join a professional company and work as an instructor on a convention circuit. I would love to perform on Broadway!
What is your advice for young girls starting out in dance?
I would say that hard work pays off. It may take some time to see the results you want but eventually you will. So always work had and don’t give up on your dreams!