Teaches: Hip Hop
Oriana started dancing when she was 10 as a breakdancer. Her father managed a breakdancing crew and Oriana would attend their training. Out of shyness, she used to watch the dancers practise before going home to train herself. Oriana’s father also took her to her first “urban” Hip Hop class. Since then, she has trained hard in Hip Hop, going into full-time dance and even doing back up for Jennifer Lopez at the American Idol Finale!
Dance has taught me how to express my emotions,; it has also taught me confidence and empowerment.
Oriana joined the Dance Central team she had heard about DC from previous dance colleagues who all gave DC a good rep. She hasn’t looked back since. In terms of dreaming big, Oriana would love to choreograph for an artist or create a production with dancers from all around the world one day.
What inspires you to keep on dancing?
PASSION! I know it’s cheesy but I love everything about dance. Another thing that inspires me to keep dancing and teaching is seeing the appreciation from the students in my class and how much they enjoyed dancing with me.
Favourite healthy meal is…
Olive Rice and roasted chicken breast. Or anything with spinach and feta 🙂
Have you ever been injured? If so, how has it affected you?
Yes, I have been injured a lot. Especially when I use to be a full-time dancer. To this day, I still have ongoing injures due to dance. It has affected me, as sometimes it has hindered my performances or workshops.
What did your first dance costume look like?
Army pants, stroppy crop top and a yellow bandana.
If you could go back in time, what would advice would you give your younger self?
To believe in myself. To take myself out of environments that diminish my self worth and happiness.