Inside DK

Q & A with Marte Osiris Madera

April 7, 2016
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Why do you dance?
I dance because I have to. I have tried to put logic to it, but that doesn't work. Dancing keeps me sane and happy.

If you hadn't been a dancer, what would you be doing?
I believe teaching comes hand and hand with dancing, so I'd probably be a teacher because I enjoy teaching or I'd have a career as some sort of designer.
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What other exercise/physical training do you spend time with besides dance classes? How does that help?
Rarely do I have too much time to want to exercise more, but when I do I lift weights or I take yoga classes. Lifting weights help me burn fat and stay strong so I can lift people over my head. Yoga helps me relax mentally, and it helps keep me decently flexible.

What types of costumes are easiest to dance in? Describe your favorite costume you've ever danced in. Describe the most challenging/why.
For me, unitards are the easiest to dance in because I don't have to adjust anything. My favorite costume I've worn was a shirtless vest with tights, and the most challenging was the rat king costume in The Nutcracker; trying dance around in it with fog, lights and a small space to see from was not fun.

What inspires you when you're creating choreography? What is the biggest challenge for you in that process?
Most of the time, movement itself inspires me to choreograph, but it can be various things. Sometimes music can inspire me or ideas I want to communicate. Tying ideas from one to another is most challenging for me when choreographing because I always want my choreography to connect from phrase to phrase with a purpose and reason.
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What is your favorite part of teaching dance? What's the biggest challenge? Where do you teach?
My favorite part of teaching dance is witnessing students becoming engaged in what I taught them on their own. The biggest challenge is having students who seem to only be involved in dance or the performing arts because of their friends; when they don't have the heart for it. Currently I teach for Westfield High School's marching band and color guard program as the visual designer.
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
I am addicted to chocolate, so if it's in front of me I have to eat it. Thinking of wearing a unitard helps me from buying any sort of chocolate.

What one piece of advice would you give a student who wants to dance professionally?
My advice to any aspiring dancer is to follow your heart, do what feels right, and stay present.