An interview with the beautiful and talented dancer- Adhara Rojas!
Please introduce yourself to the readers:
Hi my name is Adhara Rojas and I am a dancer specializing mainly in contemporary and hip hop dance. I was born in Rome to a Romanian mother and an Argentinian father.
How did you get into dancing and what age were you?
My parents told me that I've been dancing since the day I was born and even before in my mom's belly! At the age of 3, my father was filming me imitating Michael Jackson. At 4 years old, I was in my first real ballet class and at 5, I performed for the first time on stage in Vivaldi's "Le Quattro Stagioni" and I've been dancing ever since.
What was the dance scene like in Italy?
It was great! I was lucky enough to work with the best teachers in Rome and with practically all of them I'm still in touch with, after many years. The only thing that leads me here to the US, are the techniques, which are so specific and detailed that I was stunned when I first danced here.
What type of training have you done?
Practically everything! During my 11 years of ballet, I've also approached contemporary and jazz, finding my love for contemporary. At 18, I started salsa and my group won the second prize at the Italian International Salsa Festival for the best choreography. Meanwhile, I also danced reggaeton and I was in a hip hop/ breakdancing based crew- this was more recreational than professional. It brought me closer to hip hop. When I was 20, I won the third prize at the Italian National Championship for pole dancing after only 1 year of training. Last year, I moved to N.Y.C. where I specialized in hip hop and contemporary and those are currently, my main focuses.
Who were some of your inspirations growing up?
As mentioned, at 3 years old, I would dress up like Madonna or Michael Jackson, lock myself in the room and imitate them! So those are my main guru's, but growing up, as pop music was evolving, I was fascinated by Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake's style.
What brings you to the US?
Even if Italy is good, when it comes to dancing in the U.S, you know that you're in "THE" place, I mean as far as my profession is concerned, hip hop was invented here, and even contemporary speaking. I've also met so many terrific teachers. I moved here last November, but I went to N.Y.C. where I received a diploma at the Broadway Dance Center for hip hop and contemporary. Now I'm based in L.A., where I've been taking classes for the last six months.
What has been the highlight of your career so far and why?
I think when I was pole dancing I had so many gigs. Aside from the third prize at the National Championship, I was the guest at the 2011 edition of the "Surf Expo" and I was also a guest at the "Black Box" Hip Hop Night, where I opened the show for Michelle Stanek, who was the Pole Dance Universe Champion!
What would be your advice to aspiring dancers?
Never give up and always believe in your potential!