Happy Thursday San Diego Dancers! We hope you are all doing well + staying healthy and happy during this time. To add to the element of happiness, we are covering SD dancer Alec Rosario’s dance journey, and let us tell you he does not fail to put a smile on your face. From the minute we met Alec, he was dancing with every step he took. He danced while walking up to the restaurant My Yard Live, he danced during the interview, everything he did was dance and you could see that his passion for this art form is so natural to him.
After quitting dance for 2 years once he got into University for a relationship- Alec began to feel the void from dance being absent in his life. As a Kinesiology major, he soon found that his school CSU San Marcos was offering Dance as a minor. He jumped into the program and never looked back in the rearview mirror where he left his ex-girlfriend and life without dance behind. ” I noticed I was dancing at work, I’m dancing at school, so I was like ‘you know what, I might as well get back into it.’ This is what I love to do, this is my side hustle.”
How are you sharing your gift in different spaces?
Alec’s main focus at this current time in his dance journey is to give campus students the experience of fun through dance. “Teaching dance is what I want to do.”
Your style is very smooth but strong in texture, tell us about your main avenue of dance.
Previous to training with The Pact under Kevin and Dea Nguyen, Alec believed his foundation was set in hip-hop until he realized that the musicality part of dance spoke to him, leading him to a strong Urban Dance Choreography background. “Urban Choreography has its own style. There’s contemporary added to it, mixed with hip hop, mixed with ballet, mixed with lyrical. There’s a flow, a better sense of musicality within those movements. I’m letting the music take me.”
What was the very first style of dance class you took + how did it make you feel?
According to Alec, at 14 years old, Break Dancing, one of the pillars of hip-hop was his first stab at this expression of creativity. “It was fun, it made me feel like I wanted to get more into it, explore more of the dancing world. It made me feel more in touch with myself. I have this expressive trait to show what I can do, what I can have fun with.”
You can tell in your face + movements you dance from the heart, when did you first fall in love with dance?
Before becoming captain shortly after his dance journey began (Go Alec!), making the Advanced Dance Team his junior year gave him a space to fall in love and grow with his craft. “There’s more to the movement; there’s facial expression, there’s the energy with it, and when I expressed that in my face, I just knew I was having more fun in that space that was provided.”
Going back to Urban Choreography, tell us a little bit more about this genre of dance and why it speaks to you?
Although Urban Choreography has hip-hop derived moves, Alec loves that it is not necessarily hip-hop, allowing one to show more of themselves through expression, not being held down by a specific focus of genre. He looks to dance artists Phil Wright, Keone Madrid, Trisha Miranda, and Parris Goebel for inspiration. “There’s a lot of people that look up to them, inspire and pull moves from their choreography and make it their own. It’s more of an expressive, matched with the song. When you hear the song, you get to feel like you’re a part of it. You’re actually that character singing it, you listen to the lyrics and it’s like you’re captivated.”
How do you feel about dancing scholastically?
Seeing his scholastic life as a time to learn and explore new methods of learning, Alec is tying his Pre-Physical Therapy major in with his Dance minor. After he took a Choreography class, he saw dance in a different light. He soon learned that not having a structured score of a piece would leave it meaningless, and without body awareness, balance and form are lost. “There are some moves that you do not realize what you’re doing in life that help you every day. And you realize like hey, every movement is a form of dance. When you wake up in the morning, that’s dancing. You’re walking to class, that’s dancing. When you put that into a performance aspect, you’re repeating what you’ve done before. You already know these movements and you want to express it. Approaching that scholastically, dance is always a study.”
How are you hoping to influence your campus with dance?
Noticing that not a lot of students are dancing with him out on the floor at social events, Alec wants to put a stop to this and get his peers moving to the beat. “Because of that, I want to start teaching dance classes with fitness, to get them into the groove. I feel that it’s important that everyone know how to at least move.”
We love your formation changes and artistic perspective. How do you tap into your creative inspiration?
Surprisingly, the car is where Alec finds his most creative inspiration! “The constant noise of the car moving and then hearing the music, you have all of the arm movements already! Then when you get out the car, you have to figure out what the feet are going to be.”
You are where dance meets scholastics, tell us about your Physical Therapy dream!
“I plan to be a Physical Therapist by day, and a dancer by night. I want to be a Physical Therapist for athletes and dancers to prevent injuries, teach them the right movement like moving to the floor with ease and safety. A lot of movement can damage your body and prevent you from doing what you love most.”
Before we go… Alec’s Mission Statement for the SD dance community
“I want to bring out the expressive side in dance. I have this relentless energy I put out on the floor with my choreography and I like to challenge students with new movement. A movement that ties in with facials, melting, hard hitting, emphasis, and structures. I want students to take their time and hear the choreography and listen heavily to the music that cohorts with the choreography. Landing steps is not the main goal, but I am here to have fun and enjoy the pleasant vibe around me.” -Alec Rosario
💋Xclusively Dance San Diego
Photography by Joel Duran
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