Interview with Instructor Tarensha Alexis

By Jacki 02.23.2017


Jacki

This month, I was excited to spend time talking with Studio K Hip Hop Instructor, Tarensha Alexis. As the youngest member of the Studio K Team, Tarensha shared her perspective on her dance inspirations, her talent, and her life balancing her career dreams as a current college student and her aspirations in dance and in business. Read more about Tarensha below!

JA: You’ve been with Studio K since the very beginning of our big 2015 comeback! What do you love about teaching here?
TA: I love that it is not a “company-like” studio and that we welcome anyone and everyone at any time.
JA: What Hip Hop dancers inspire you?
TA: Brian Friedman, Zachary Venegas, Fredrick Barthell, Janelle Ginestra, Karina Rodriguez, Xavier Quinones, Sara Smith, and Kaelynn Harris! I could go on and on, but they are definitely my top because they all inspire me in different ways.
JA: If you could pick one song to represent you, what would it be?
TA: “I Was Here” by Beyonce.
JA: As a student, how do you find time to balance creating new routines and all of your school work?
TA: Aside from school, I am a super busy young lady! Working two jobs, being an instructor at Studio K, and an entrepreneur of my own movement #2FABMOVEMENT, zoning out time to make choreography is tough, which is why I create wherever my mind flows. Sometimes I choreograph dances mentally. Since I’m always on the go, I’m always on the road. When I am, I play songs over and over and choreography in my head. Other times, on my days off, or something after work on the weekends, I go to the gym in my complex to create.
JA: We heard that you recently auditioned for the Orlando Magic Dance Team! What was the experience like and what did you take away from it?
TA: Yes! It was such an amazing experience. It made me want to expand my knowledge of other styles of dance such as Contemporary and Jazz technique. Unfortunately, being a Freshman in college and wanting to be a part of an NBA Dance Team, I had to make a decision – and that was to indulge in the college experience and to not get ahead of myself by taking on more than I could handle. However, 2017-18 Auditions I will be there!
JA: What makes your Hip Hop class different from all the rest?
TA: What makes my Hip Hop class different from the rest is that I don’t always single out those who are doing the best. I feel that by doing that, it intimidates the others around them. Some people seek it as motivation to get better, like myself. However, not everyone is the same and you’ve got to be able to put yourself in other peoples’ shoes in consideration.

JA: What are your biggest dreams you hope to see come true?

TA: My biggest dream is to be successful with my movement, 2FAB. I want to see it grow into something that inspires not only dancers, but people to do whatever it is they aspire to do. I would love to see it spread internationally.

JA: What would you say to someone who is terrified of Hip Hop?

TA: There are so many levels of progression of Hip Hop. There is more than just the standard beginner, intermediate and advanced. Everyone starts somewhere, but no matter where you start, there’s only one way to go – and that’s up! Guaranteed.

JA: What is your favorite thing about being a dance instructor?

TA: My favorite thing about being a dance instructor is the people. I love meeting new people, teaching new people, figuring out where their level of understanding is with Hip Hop and helping them to grow. It’s what keeps me going.

 

 
JA: What quote inspires you?
TA: “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” – Eric Thomas
JA: Thank you so much to Tarensha for this great interview! Meet her and enjoy her Studio K Hip Hop classes every Friday. She teaches a beginner Hip Hop at 6:30 PM, followed by an Intermediate/Advanced at 7:30 PM. See the full Studio K schedule here. 

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