Dancing in "Let You Go."
With the acrobatic skills of a gymnast and a repertoire that includes everything from jazz to hip-hop, performer Alex Wheelwright brings Relay Dance Collective's upcoming show to another level. Learn more about the recent Cornish College of the Arts graduate, her work with RDC, and other groups, including Expose the Eastside and 3rd Shift Dance.
See Alex dance on August 24-25 in RDC's show, Music + Motion; get your tickets now! (Remember: There are NO TICKETS AT THE DOOR - Click here to purchase).
Q. How would you describe yourself as a dance artist?
A. I am an artist of many styles and strive to continue experimenting with as many as possible. Although I feel most comfortable in jazz, all styles of dance have something to offer and enable me to grow as an artist and person.
Q.What dancers and or companies most inspire you?
A. I am inspired by any dancer or company that is willing to create movement which gives people an opportunity to question the world around them and motivates them to make positive changes in the world.
Q. What's your connection to RDC?
A. Austin Sexton and I used to dance together at Spectrum Dance Theater
Q. How else are you involved in the performing arts or dance?
A. I teach at two dance studios on the Eastside in Bellevue and Issaquah, am a company member of 3rd Shift Dance and help co-produce a show on the Eastside known as Expose The Eastside Dance Collecitve.
Q. What words best describe your presence on stage?
A. High-energy and intense. I always give everything I have to the performance.
Q. What are your goals as an artist?
A. To continually find ways to enrich myself as an artist, as well as to give back to my community through dance.
Q. What else should people know about you?
A. If I wasn't pursuing a career in the arts, I would love to be working with animals in need.
Q. What are your must-haves in your dance bag?
A. A theraband, water, food and extra hair supplies.
Q. What advice do you like to give your dance students, or other dancers in general?
A. As a dancer, you have been given an amazing opportunity to express who you are in ways that most others cannot, so relish that. Never hide your true artistic voice.
Q. What have been some of your biggest obstacles and how has dance played into this (positively or negatively?)
A. Self confidence has been an issue for me and dance has helped through forcing me out of my shell in ways that I am not sure anyone else or anything else could. I now have a level or respect of my body as well as my own voice that has helped my overcome almost all of my insecurities.
Q. Why do you dance?
A. Because dance gives me a freedom of expression that no other art form can. Without it, I can't say that I am a whole person.