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Hayden Hopkins having just turned 17, has developed a cult following online. With more than 13,000 Facebook followers & an overwhelming number of fan pages she is fast becoming a house-hold name. She is incredibly bendy and oh-so talented.Alongside fellow dance superstar friend, 11 year old Sophia Lucia, there are countless, beautiful dance images of her all over the internet.“People see pictures of me and think I have this perfect life,” Hayden says. Despite the pretty pictures, though, Hayden hasn’t always had it easy, and the past few years have proven especially difficult.Hayden started dancing at the age of 2 in her home state of Washington, US. She was a regular in the competition scene early, but by age 13 she decided it wasn’t for her. “I wanted to get away and work on my training,” she says. Plus, things at home were taking a turn for the worse: family finances became a struggle, especially with Hayden’s sister, Lennox, pursuing a competitive rhythmic gymnastic career. So Hayden, who is home-schooled & lives with her sister & their mum in Puyallup, WA, took her training into her own hands. She takes classes at local studios when possible (mostly Westlake Dance Center in Seattle), travels with conventions when she’s awarded scholarships & watches YouTube videos in her living room to learn barre & centre-work exercises. She attends 10 to 12 conventions each year independently (including JUMP, NUVO and West Coast Dance Explosion) in an effort to meet as many choreographers as she can. The relentless networking has paid off. At WCDE’s Las Vegas Nationals in 2010, Hayden met the owners of an Australian studio. They had seen her on YouTube first, and offered to fly her to Australia to act as a guest teacher and choreographer. Hayden has since been back for another visit to work with the Perth-based studio & also won the Dance Spirit Cover Model Search competition in 2013. “I love meeting people who recognize me from the internet,” she says. “I don’t know why people started to follow me, but hopefully it’s because they see something positive I’m putting out there”Things you didn’t know about Hayden……..Birthday: July 5, 1997Most-played on her iPod: Lana Del ReyWho would play her in a movie: Troian Bellisario, who plays Spencer on “Pretty Little Liars.” “I think she looks like me!”
Favorite actor: Leonardo DiCaprio Dance goals: “I just want to be the person who’s always travelling. I always want to be in a different state or a different country.” Favorite dancers of all time: Stacey Tookey, Nick Lazzarini, Travis Wall and Jason Parsons Strangest thing in her dance bag: “A rotten orange I keep forgetting to take out”Favorite meal: Spaghetti and garlic breadFavorite movie: Garden State Must-see TV shows: “Pretty Little Liars” and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” “Kourtney’s my favorite.” Here is one of her performances from earlier this year…
Some people say I look like Jennifer Grey.
They even go so far that they call me ‘Baby‘ and quote me lines like ‘I helped carry a watermelon’.
As if that wasn’t enough – I can recall in high school having this obsession with going home at lunch & study breaks to watch re-runs of the dance scenes.
And I would listen to a cassette of the soundtrack every night.
And I admit – I’ve even tried ‘The Lift’.
Some people might call me a fan.
So you can imagine my surprise when at our JUST DANCE Bella Vista hip-hop class last week when the words ‘spaghetti arms‘ were used to describe a dance move – my shock at all the blank faces in the room.
So I thought it only appropriate to educate you on my favourite dance movie of all time.
Directed by Emile Ardolino & released in 1987, Jennifer Grey stars as Frances “Baby” Houseman.
Set in the summer of 1963 ‘Baby’ who is daddy’s golden girl who is on a family vacation where she meets & befriends the grungy dance crew – Patrick Swayze who plays his iconic role of Johnny Castle.
Also referred to as ‘Miss Fix it’ she offers to help cover a dance show at a nearby hotel which means she needs to learn how to dance.
The movie is a gorgeous summer romance of dancing lessons in lofty sunlight rooms, nearby forests & lakes.
It’s a must-watch film for anyone who loves to dance.
‘Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.’
This week’s dancer is JUST DANCE guest teacher Cassie Hoare. At just 18 she is well on her way to having a promising career in dance. She shares some of her tips for young dancers here….
How old were you when you started to dance? …….I did ballet for a year when I was 3 and then started again when I was 6.
Is there a first dance memory you can recall? ……..I remember my very old school ballet teacher (who was terrifying!) attaching chiffon wings to our arms and we had to run around being butterflies.
What styles have you been trained in? …….Jazz, tap, classical, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop and acro/strength.
Do you have a favourite style? ……..My favourite style of dance is lyrical or contemporary.
Current favourite song to dance to? ……..I’m finding myself dancing in front of the mirror in my house to “On my own” from Les Miserables a lot at the moment!
Any famous dancer’s or choreographer’s whose work you admire?……..I admire Hayden Hopkins a lot, she is a young American dancer and is absolutely incredible.
What has been your greatest dance moment to date? …..Last year I completed major 1 and 2 of my jazz exams with ADAP and received Honours and Honours with distinction. I also received the “most outstanding dancer” award at my dance school last year, which was an incredible feeling.
Any crazy dance costumes you have worn in the past? ……I think this one from back in 2006 was definitely pretty out there haha!
What do you love most about dance? I love the ability of free expression and how everyone has their own interpretation of what certain movements or choreography mean. Also I think dance is so special in the way that a dancer needs as much strength as an athlete and the ability to turn it into a beautiful art form.
Where have you trained? ……..I have trained at Julie Melrose School of Dance my whole life.
Favourite dance movie?……Nothing beats the show Dance Moms! And the movie Centre Stage is my favourite movie.
What are your future dancing goals? ………I’d love to have my own studio one day, which is my main goal. I’d also like to keep performing and possibly get some work as a dancer in the next couple of years because I love to perform.
When choreographing a dance to teach – where do you get your inspiration from? I take the students’ abilities and strengths into consideration. I also tend to just put the music on and see what comes naturally or pops into my mind.
How often do you train?…….This year I am currently teaching and dancing at least 4 days a week.
What is your go-to store for dance clothing?……..For anything dance related I go straight to Bloch, I could spend hours in that shop!
Do you have a weekly health, fitness & dance routine?……I stretch every day even if its just doing a quick minute of splits on each leg, if I’m not doing any classes that day. I also do some core strength exercises before I go to bed (plank, sit ups, leg raises etc.) My biggest tip would be to stretch at home even if it’s just when you’re watching tv. I also stretch a lot with the help of my mum at home, such as having her push my leg back when I’m lying on my back or other stretches that can be done with others are great to improve flexibility at home.
Any tips for aspiring dancers wanting to improve & perhaps make a career of dancing?…….Definitely make sure your stretching at home and always ask your teachers questions during class. Get into watching other dancers on you tube, this allows you to discover new moves that you may not have seen before. Also use the Internet to look up tutorials for technique. Lastly don’t be afraid to try new things like entering competitions and getting yourself out in the open to build up your experience, this is also great to help improve your performance qualities and will do wonders for improving your confidence.
I love photography & I love dance.
So it goes without saying that I love photos of anything dance.
I’m excited to announce that we are in search of some talented photographers who share our same love.
JUST DANCE Photography Competition is open to all ages…..simply email your original dance photo to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win a prize pack valued at $100.