Q & A with Paige Robinson
April 4, 2016
Why do you dance?
I dance because it's where I can express those things that cannot be expressed with words and share that with others.
If you hadn't been a dancer, what would you be doing?
In high school I seriously considered becoming a surgeon or a physical therapist. Biology was my favorite subject.
What other exercise/physical training do you spend time with besides dance classes? How does that help?
I do a mixture of pilates, yoga, and light weight-lifting. I also try to fit in cardio workouts a couple of times a week. The pilates and yoga help me fix muscular imbalances and all three help me get stronger, which is important since I have loose ligaments. The cardio helps give me stamina to get through longer pieces.
What types of costumes are easiest to dance in? Describe your favorite costume you've ever danced in. Describe the most challenging/why.
Simple costumes like leotards and unitards don't get caught on partners or get stepped on. Difficult costumes for me have many pieces or are really slippery. Honestly, costumes are not my nemesis, it's quick changes from costume to costume that are really nerve-wracking!
What is your favorite part of teaching dance? What's the biggest challenge? Where do you teach?
My favorite part of teaching dance is the moment you see the light bulb go off and your student gets it. Dance teaches that sometimes you have to do something 1,000 times before it works. I've been teaching or assisting since I was 12. My biggest challenge teaching dance is teaching teenagers. Since I'm only 22, I'm hoping the older I get, the more they will respect me. I currently teach at Phoenix Rising Dance Studio, Dance Legacy and I assist DK's ballet classes for 3-6 yr olds. The little ones have always loved me and I love them right back!
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
When I get the apartment to myself and don't have anything to do or anywhere to be (very rare!) I like to take a long hot bath, then throw on a soft robe and slippers. Then I grab something chocolatey and watch really bad TV.
What one piece of advice would you give a student who wants to dance professionally?
I believe in hard work over talent. My dad always told me, whatever I was doing, to "work on your backhand!" I was horrible at tennis! But the saying works for anything. Work harder than anyone else in the room. That's different from trying to be better than everyone else, it's making sure you do everything within your power to become the very best you can be.