小黑, Lil Black, 28 years old
Jazz, Kpop, hip hop dancer
“Dancing is all about having fun. Enjoy and be cool.”
Jazz, Kpop, hip hop舞者
Since I was 13, I’ve been developing a passion for dancing after watching videos of famous dancers from the USA, South Korea, and Japan, like Riehata.
At 7 years old, I started performing “minzu” dancing, which is some kind of traditional Chinese dance, but it wasn’t really my style.
Then, in 2008, I moved from my city in Fushun, Liaoning to come to Dalian in order to pursue my Bachelor’s degree at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics. It was in this city that I started taking dancing classes despite my parents’ disapproval: they, indeed, wanted me to focus mainly on studies. However, dancing was in my veins and I could not imagine my life without it, so I insisted on training Jazz and Kpop with teachers. Yet, my favorite style was (and still is) hip hop, but by that time it was not popular. Therefore, I had to learn it on my own by watching videos online.
I dance every day for about three hours, except from Friday which is my rest day. When I have some free time, I am the kind of person who enjoys staying at home watching movies or eating good healthy food with friends. Moreover, listening to music is a great part of my life. My playlists mainly include songs with a great beat like those by Chris Brown and Rihanna.
Dancing also made me find love nine years ago, since my husband and I share the same passion. In 2016, we got married. After that, we decided to open our studios called “Black Gangsta”: in January 2017, the first one in Heishijiao and, in December 2017, the other one in Xi’An Lu. Since I really care about giving my clients a good service, I am glad I could not only be the owner, but also the manager of the places. Altogether, we are working with other two teachers giving classes to different age groups, ranging from 5 to 45 years old.
To tell the truth, my journey has not always been smooth. There have been moments when I felt like giving up, since I was not making any progress. But, as I advice to my students, the key is to “坚持和努力” which means “persist and work hard.” In addition to this, I had to make some sacrifices to get to where I am today: among them, the biggest one was giving up a lot of free time useful to get some rest or to visit my parents in Fushun.
Diet is also something that needs to be taken care of in order to build a strong body and that’s why I pursue a healthy lifestyle.
Fashion is another passion I have. I think that when dancing, your dress code really matters. For example, for jazz music I like wearing sexy clothes, while for Kpop I usually choose a loose style because it feels more comfortable. In my two studios, you can purchase the clothes designed by myself with the “Black Gangsta” logo.
I am a “beifangren” (a Northerner), therefore I really like Dalian. In particular, I love going to 滨海路, Binhailu, as I walk and relax by the sea. Overall, the city is a great place to live in because it has clean fresh air as well as green areas.
However, if I had the opportunity to move, I would choose the USA because I could improve my dancing skills.
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