Meet the artists!
Why do people dance? Some dance for fame, because being in the spotlight can be a real thrill. Others dance to belong, to conform, and to be a part of something grand and glorious. Colin dances for herself. “I didn’t enroll in classes and I had no formal training. I learned everything from the streets,” she admits. As a self-taught dancer, Colin had to learn her moves on her own. “My dad loved to dance but he also had no training so we had to improvise and grow on our own.” She started out as a gymnast and a cheerleader in school which helped her find her footing in the scene. She believes that there has to be a comfort level for everyone to grow. And she found that in hip-hop dancing. “In hip-hop, I become one with the music, with the crowd, and with the dance itself. Through dance, you can channel your emotions–your happiness or pain–and express it in a beautiful way.” Before joining Okada Manila, Colin was a member of one of the country’s most recognized dance groups. “A friend invited me over to audition. I was so nervous then,” she laughs. Now, she’s a part of the Okada Manila Entertainment Group, performing various routines around the resort ranging from contemporary to showgirl. “If I’m not dancing, I think about dancing.” When she’s not on stage, Colin teaches in a dance studio where she also gets to re-learn the foundations of hip-hop. “At this stage, I’ve developed my style already but I want to go back to the foundations of dancing. I always have to know my roots.” When asked about her motivation behind dancing, Colin shares that she has no direct inspiration. “It’s always about the mood and how I feel about certain things. When I’m happy, I’m able to finish a routine easily. Now that I have the chance to do what I love, to learn, to enjoy, and to support my family. Why would I let go of this?” In the latter part of the interview, Colin modestly mentions that she’d rather express herself through her craft. “To be honest, I really don’t know how to talk about dance.” When words fail, movement fills in the blanks.
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