Dancer of the Week: Zoe Holiday

Zoe Holiday is from Florida. She has been dancing since she was 5 years old. She is a dance student at Central Florida Ballet Academy, where she performs Ballet, Modern, Tap and Jazz. Check out her interview and pictures!

How you became a dancer?
I became interested in dance at a very young age.  I guess I was inspired by my aunt and grandmother who were both dancers.  Since I could walk my grandmother and I would dance all the time.  

Tell us your fondest dance-related memories.
My fondest dance-related memories are of performing in the Nutcracker, summer dance camp and dancing on pointe.

What special performance skills do you have?
I would say leaps and jumps are my performance skills.  My thighs are muscular which allow me to jump and leap very high.

What are your favorite parts about dancing?
My favorite part about dancing is sharing the joy I feel with the audience.

What are your preparation techniques for an audition, class or performance?
My preparation techniques for an audition, class or performance is to stretch thoroughly and face challenges with determination and confidence.

What other dance performers you like?
Presently the dance performers I enjoy watching are Misty Copeland and Maddie Ziegler.

Who motivates you?
My motivators are my ballet teacher Ms. Missy, my mother and grandmother.

How do you balance academics, dance classes, and social life?
Balancing academics, dance classes, and social life takes extreme organization.  My academics and dance classes take turns being a priority but my social life generally gets squeezed in when there is time available. 

What is your dream dance project?
My dream dance role is to perform the part of Maria in the Nutcracker or Esmerelda in La Esmeralda.

What advice would you like to give to young girls starting out in dance?
The advice I would like to give young girls starting out in dance is to be confident and don’t let anyone or anything stop you from dancing.

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