For our last drop-in RSVP 33 dance class for the summer we wanted to shine a little light on our dance teacher Calida Kuzek! Whether you've taken dance all your life or you're just trying out a class for the first time, Calida is the best at making you feel comfortable and cool while learning her choreography and groovin out to some Beyonce.
Below we got a chance to chat with her a little about how she got started as a dancer and some of the highlights of her dope career so far.
Please introduce yourself
Hiya! My name is Calida Kuzek; I am a dancer/dance teacher from Quesnel BC, a small town in the interior of BC. I moved to Vancouver in 2009 to pursue my dance career and since then I've had the opportunity to work with some of North America's finest, perform for thousands, and travel around the continent teaching!
Through dance I met Saschie and Roman, RSVP 33's badass leaders, and started getting jiggy with 'em. Our classes are a place to feel comfortable in your own skin, build confidence, and meet some new people. All while getting sweaty to the likes of Bey, RiRi, and Nicki.
How long have you been dancing and what styles to you specialize in?
I have been dancing for 20 years now (holy!) and teaching for about 10. I grew up training in all styles, but over the past few years my focus has shifted to hip hop.
Why do you love dance over all other forms or artistic expression?
I think all art forms are incredible and powerful but dance really speaks to me. I love the influence music has in dance and how every song makes you move and feel a little different. When a song comes on and I can feel the beat in my chest, I can't help but groove.
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What has been your proudest moment as a dancer so far?
I have been very fortunate to work on some really amazing projects and share my passion with so many people, but what stands out the most to me is the friends that I've met along the way. I've had the privilege of meeting some amazing, inspiring, wicked peeps that I am now so lucky to call my best friends.
What has been your proudest moment as a dance teacher so far?
One of my favourite moments as a teacher is a story from earlier in December. I was subbing for a friend at Lululemon and I was having a crazy day and was so not really feeling like teaching. Class attendance had been pretty hit and miss so I was semi expecting no one to show up and to be able to head home and Netflix and chill (literally).
When I got to the studio, 3 brand new women walked in so stoked to take the class. They had never taken dance class before so we decided to do a Beyonce song and we had the BEST time. Laughing, smiling, and grooving; their energy was insane. When class finished, my mood and energy had completely changed and I was ready to crush the rest of my evening. Their good vibes were totally intoxicating; and to think that dance, and my guidance through it, got them there, was so RAD! I'm stupidly smiling while writing this, cheers to you three!
How does dance compliment other aspects of training?
Cardio, coordination, sense of timing, flexibility, endurance, strength, memory, all of these things are positively affected by dance. Not to mention, I have a lot of fun "dancing" through the aisles at the grocery store when I have my headphones in.
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