Inside DK

Q & A with Zach Young

April 8, 2016
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Why do you dance?
I dance because it allows me to express any and every emotion known to man. Being able to express myself onstage for an audience and having them be touched by that means everything to me.



If you hadn't been a dancer, what would you be doing?
I have no idea. I have many other loves besides dance but deep down I knew that I had to be a dancer.

What other exercise/physical training do you spend time with besides dance classes? How does that help?
I love to do lots of different types of exercise besides dancing. I play different sports with friends when I'm able. I like to ride my bike with my girlfriend and to play golf when time allows, which is more exercise than you think if you haven't done it in a while (lol). I also do yoga on occasion and work out either at home or in the gym. Being active in multiple things is great for keeping your body well balanced. I believe cross training in all sports is crucial for great success.
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What types of costumes are easiest to dance in? Describe your favorite costume you've ever danced in. Describe the most challenging/why.
Costumes that are easiest to move in are the best to dance in for the most part. Costumes that are the most fun to wear are the ones that really describe the role you're supposed to be portraying such as the costumes in Scheherazade, Carmina Burana and Magical Mystery Tour, even though they aren't the easiest to dance in sometimes. The costumes that are the most challenging are the ones you just don't feel like you look very good in and have to pretend like you do when you're on stage.

What inspires you when you're creating choreography? What is the biggest challenge for you in that process?
I'm inspired by many things when choreographing. For one, the music is always very inspiring - I usually will not pick a piece of music to choreograph to unless I'm inspired by it. I'm also inspired sometimes by life and current events. It can sometimes be challenging to get your dancers to share your vision and understand it.
Zach 1

What is your favorite part of teaching dance? What's the biggest challenge? Where do you teach?
It's always nice to have an influence on other dancers through teaching. I always love teaching kids that are dedicated, love to dance, and truly wanted my advice. It's always challenging because most kids you teach have no true interest in becoming professional dancers. They are there just there for social reasons and to have a good time. This can make it very difficult to get through to these kids and can make you feel like you're just wasting your time.
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Donuts! lol - enough said
Zach 3

What one piece of advice would you give a student who wants to dance professionally?
Never let somebody tell you you will not become a professional dancer, but if you're going to do it, you must work extremely hard and be very hard on yourself to make it. Also make sure you take as much ballet as you're able, but also diversify yourself in as many styles as possible.