I’ve been thinking that maybe it’s a good idea to get to know the person behind Danielle Dance. It’s one of my goals to blog more, so why not get to know a little bit about me.
What is your middle name//
Alicia (pronounced Ah-lee-see-ya)
Share you favorite subject in high school//
European History with George Snook in 11th grade. I think it’s more that the teacher made the material extra inspiring to me. I will never forget that thick textbook though. If only bullet journaling was a thing when I was in school.
What is your favorite drink//
My mom makes amazing homemade iced tea. We currently have a pomegranate tea with fresh mint, lemon juice and grated ginger. Yum yum yum! Shameless plug: Nancy Rookwood Home Cooking! Website coming soon!
What is your favorite song at the moment//
I can’t identify my favorite song because I’m using it for a A Choreographer’s Vision: Fluid Elegance. My next favorite song is “Near Lights” by Olafur Arnalds.
Do you have any piercings or tattoos//
I only have my ears pierced. I would like to get a septum piercing. I have a small Gemini symbol on my back, and I have a beautiful calf piece of The Empress.
Have you participated in any sports//
I played volleyball and basketball in high school. I had to take some time off because I had a cyst in my arm that I had to have surgery to remove.
What is your favorite book//
Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill
What is your favorite color//
Hmmm… I’d have to say royal blue.
Something that’s currently worrying me//
My health. I have Crohn’s Disease, and after almost two years in remission, I am currently in a flare. It’s really no fun.
I fundamentally do not understand the concept of dating. I guess that’s why I stay being single.
My idea of a perfect date//
I actually had a perfect date the week after my birthday. He and I spent the day at Central Park. We had lunch, talked, joked around, napped, fooled around… It was amazing.
When was the last time you cried//
Oh, it was July 21st. There were so many things going on that day: The second day misery of my cycle, financial stress, the dog I was watching being difficult, agonizingly slow commute home, the stress of selling my tango husband’s stuff while not staying in my own home, the Crohn’s beginning to flare. The minute I set foot in my apartment, I broke down and cried.
Have you been out of the country//
I have indeed. I’ve been to Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, The Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, France, Spain, England, and Italy. I am so overdue for a vacation though.
Do you speak any different languages//
I have a Spanish degree… Not that I use it.
Do you have any siblings//
Indeed, I do! Two brothers and a sister. I’m the third child and younger of the girls.
What is your favorite store//
I have two physical stores: Paper Presentations and Artist & Craftsman Supply. Online store: D.Webb Designs
What is your favorite restaurant//
I can’t really eat there anymore as most of the foods are on my no-no list, but I love Giano in the East Village. Some of the best Italian food I’ve ever had.
Did you like school//
School was fine. I’m grateful for the different opportunities I got while I was at school, but the social part was absolutely miserable for me. It didn’t help that I went to a small school, so my awkwardness was magnified.
Who are some of your dance inspirations//
Mira Betz, Kami Liddle, April Rose, Rin Ajna, Galen Hooks, Ryan Daniel Beck, Chicho & Juana, Carlitos Espinosa & Noelia Hurtado, Florencia Borgnia & Marcos Pereira
What is your favorite movie//
The Notebook and Gone Girl
What are some of your favorite tv shows//
Please don’t judge me for some of my show choices: Game of Thrones, Power, American Ninja Warrior, Love and Hip Hop, Breaking Bad, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Charmed, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Affair, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
PC or mac//
Mac girl, all the way!
What phone do you have//
I’ve got a trusty iPhone 6.
How tall are you//
I’m 5’7″. I become 5’10.5″ in Argentine tango shoes.
“An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times. I think that is true of painters, sculptors, poets, musicians. As far as I’m concerned, it’s their choice, but I CHOOSE to reflect the times and situations in which I find myself. That, to me, is my duty. And at this crucial time in our lives, when everything is so desperate, when everyday is a matter of survival, I don’t think you can help but be involved. Young people, black and white, know this. That’s why they’re so involved in politics. We will shape and mold this country or it will not be molded and shaped at all anymore. So I don’t think you have a choice. How can you be an artist and NOT reflect the times? That to me is the definition of an artist.” – Nina Simone
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