Standard Alexa Anderson is a up-and-coming mover and shaker in the dance world. Take a walk with us as we chat and she lets us get to know her! Thanks for taking some time and interviewing with me. Could you give me and my readers a brief overview of your dancer experience? I started dancing when I was 12 years old. I studied jazz, ballet, contemporary, modern, and hip hop pretty rigorously.
That really amped up my training level. I then eventually moved to lovely Los Angeles, CA to pursue my dance career. In any audition, learning how to showcase your skills, performance, and ability to take direction [all while] picking up choreography quickly is pretty crucial.
It helped me learn that you essentially need to show them that you can master exactly what they need for the job, but also showcase who you are and all the unique things you can bring to the table — in 40 seconds of choreography…in a room full of awesome dancers who want it just as bad as you…and with enormous amounts of confidence and style.
With those experiences, what has been your greatest accomplishment as a dancer thus far? Its hard to say. One of the things I really like about this job is that whenever a book a gig for a really big artist or on a popular TV show, the first people I tell are my family, my biggest and baddest fans, and they get really amped. Well, I love that you are so motivated and close to your family. Distance is often a hard thing to face. Any benefit to going through the process more than once?
It could have helped me. I had a pretty good idea of how everything worked going into it the first year because I had so many friends on the show before me. It was nice to know exactly how I personally handled cameras in my face and having to make speeches and what not.
Public speaking is definitely a great skill to acquire. What was a highlight for you during your season? What was your favorite piece from the show?
I love dancing in groups and working with choreographers in that setting. I feed off the energy of a group and like the sense of team work. Lowlight… my first jazz duo. It was a great way to get my name out there. If they like it, awesome! It opened up a lot of doors.
What was your favorite solo while competing in the studio world? Hmmm, hard to say. I get so nostalgic about a lot of my solos when I was young because I was so personally invested in them, and they were all milestones for me.
One of the first solos with my amazing teacher, Dana Metz was a collaboration with Ben Susak one of my favorites as well called Fallen. Basically, I was a really messed up fallen fairy weirdo to a Coco Rosie song, and I loved it. Also, my mom made a really sweet costume for me complete with a set of purple wings Thanks Mama! I also had such a fun solo by Travis Wall.
It was called Wanderlust and I was a bird dancing to a Bjork song in an awesome costume mainly made up of feathers and tulle.
Working with Travis, and watching him, and loving ever bit of him and his movement has been something that has really shaped me as a dancer so this solo was pretty pivotal. It also kicked my butt. Crazy athletic and hard hitting but I loved every second.
DO you have any embarrassing moments you would like to share with us!? That is a great piece of advice. Who would you want to work with, dead or alive? Run us through a typical day in your life. A lot of laughing though. My favorite color changes everyday,but i do love purple and burnt orange. Any advice to young dancers, those moving to the city to audition, etc?
Breathe, work hard, and put yourself out there. I love dancing and teaching. Stay tuned for more great interviews!