Today we had the great privilege to interview Alexa Anderson, a cast member of Shaping Sound. Not only is she incredibly talented, but she is also incredibly sweet! Her bubbly personality drew us in as she shared insight into her dance journey.
Chandler Center for the Arts [CCA]: We first have to ask you, since you are a native to the Chandler area, where did you go to high school?
Alexa Anderson: I went to school at Arizona School for the Arts and then I went to Hamilton High.
CCA: How does it feel to return back to Chandler with a National Touring group?
Alexa: It feels really good. I have so many friends and family coming to see the show. Most haven’t seen me dance live in years.
CCA: How did you get your start in dance?
Alexa: I was born premature. I had a brain hemorrhage which caused a right side weakness. My mom put me in dance to balance out the weakness. The dance classes were not easy. I worked really hard to overcome this weakness.
CCA: How did you get your break in the business?
Alexa: I moved to LA when I was 18. I worked a couple of gigs, but pretty much just rolled with the punches. I continued to go to auditions.
CCA: So there wasn’t really a “big break” moment?
Alexa: Not really. It is always a work in progress.
CCA: Did you ever imagine dance would be your career?
Alexa: I really didn’t until I was 16, well more like 17. I wanted to go to college and get a degree. But, then at age 17, I stepped back and realized I was training so hard in dance. I knew I would kick myself if I didn’t given dance a shot.
Alexa: Teddy (Forance) is my favorite dancer. At age 15 I started working with Travis (Wall) and Nick (Lazzarini). It was just a natural thing to dance along side them.
CCA: Rumor has it everyone had to audition for Shaping Sound, even the friends. Was this the case for you?
Alexa: Yes. Everybody had to audition, even me. They had to be fair in how they chose the cast.
CCA: What is the best advice you would give an aspiring dancer?
Alexa: Seize every opportunity. It is scary to be a dancer. So take in everything you can.
CCA: Is the business side of dance what you expected?
Alexa: Dancing is a difficult lifestyle. You make your own schedule every day. Some days there may be nothing to do, whereas other days you have worked so hard you don’t even know how you are still standing. The key is finding a balance.
CCA: How would your life be different without dance?
Alexa: I always get asked this question and I don’t even know. Being a dancer has helped me become aware of my body. Dance is hard work, but it is my passion. Dance is something I get excited about everyday.
Alexa: Travis (Wall), Teddy (Forance), Nick (Lazzarini) and Kyle (Robinson). Wade Robson certainly has – he is brilliant.
CCA: Another reader tweeted in, what was the best part about So You Think You Can Dance?
Alexa: I made a lot of lifetime friends during the show. The show allowed me to see what I was made of. It pushed me to my limits.
CCA: Anything else you want to share with our readers?
Alexa: No, I do think so. We are excited to be coming out to Phoenix. We can’t wait for the show.
It was such a pleasure to speak with Alexa. We were astonished at the trials she overcame and her determination. Alexa is proof that dreams are achievable through hard work and persistence.
Come see Alexa and the rest of the Shaping Sound crew perform here at Chandler Center for the Arts on June 7. You will be swept away on a visually stunning showcase of movement, speed, physical strength, and pure passion.
To learn more about Shaping Sound or to purchase tickets click here.