Marinda Davis shares what inspires her, lessons learned and a few memorable moments with Star Dance Alliance.
Who are your heroes?
Dance Teachers. My life was saved and enormously impacted by their influence and mentorship. Many of my Dance Teachers were my anchor through every tide and storm. They gave so much, often with little to nothing in return. I have so much gratitude for them, which grows more and more with each passing day.”
What quote inspires you?
“Darkness exists to make light truly count.”
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
“Trust the Universe’s timing! If you work hard every day, invest in your talent, and strive to be a good person, your dreams will unfold when you are most ready for them. Often your worst moments, are simply tough endings to start brilliant new beginnings. Let these moments direct you. The Universe is always conspiring for you, even if you can’t see it.”
What’s something you do every day to help reach your goals?
“I work towards them! Your dreams will be delivered to you, but only if it finds you working. I also try to manifest what I hope for. Speaking your goal out loud is powerful.”
Who would you like to thank for helping you along the way?
“Sheila Barker, Mary Jo Scanio, Tammi Godinez, Lisa Allain, Julianne Hough, Justin Baldoni, Ahmed Musiol, Ashley Edens, Dennis Caspary, Matt Caudill, Laura Stauderman, Gus Giordano, Terry Schulke, Gary Pate, Chuck Crist, and Grace Wakefield”
What advice do you have for young dancers regarding their training?
“Be versatile, don’t put yourself in a box. Train in everything! Constantly hone your technique, as technique will never be a passing fad or style. Technique is freedom – it will give you a vast language to communicate and a baseline for all styles. Be loyal to your studios. Demonstrate gratitude and respect towards your teachers. Learn how to work cooperatively with others. You will rarely (possibly never) be a soloist as a professional.”
What advice do you have for dancers making the transition to a dance professional?
“You must know accountability, resilience, and self-drive. I watch so many talented dancers go to NY or LA crash and burn. The successful ones have self-discipline and know what it is to work without instant gratification. Make bold choices artistically but be authentically you. There is truly room for everyone, but the second you begin to borrow someone else’s voice, your lane disappears.”
What is your greatest accomplishment?
“I think that I’ve been able to use my own obstacles to inspire others. Whether that’s been through Dancing with the Stars, My Last Days, World of Dance, teaching or mentoring – I am filled to the top and humbled to be a voice for the voiceless and a light for other warriors fighting battles most know nothing about.”
What’s your most memorable Star Dance Alliance moment?
“Meeting Ms. Lisa Allain on the very 1st Power Pak. She changed my life and its course forever.”
How has Star Dancer Alliance impacted or influenced your career?
“In endless and countless ways, but most formidably, it has given me my greatest friends and family. This family has been a springboard and foundation for some of my biggest dreams.”
What’s on your dance “Bucket List”?
“I want to choreograph a Broadway Show and be commissioned to create work for the New York City Ballet.”
What is a must see dance movie?
“I cannot choose just one…Restless Creature, Dirty Dancing, Centerstage, and A Chorus Line.”
What three items are in your bag and you can’t live without?
“Water, lacrosse ball for rolling out my sore muscles and my Apple laptop.”
What is your go to snack for nourishment, when dancing?
“Chia Seed Pudding”
What do you do when you’re not dancing or choreographing?
“That’s very rare, but traveling, reading, writing, or attending a Broadway show or concert are top on my list.”
What is a must hear song?
“I’m Here” from “The Color Purple.”
What’s your favorite viral dance video?
“Check this out!” Michael Dameski Shines to Ruelle’s “Madness” – World of Dance 2018 (Full Performance) on YouTube
What’s your favorite fashion item for class?
“I love my Balenciagas! Shoes I cannot live without.”
What are you looking forward to in the New Year?
“I am thrilled to be choreographing a piece for the Giordano Company, that premieres at the Harris Theatre in Chicago in March.”
How can we follow you on Social Media?
Personal IG: @marInspirations
Personal Twitter: @marInspirations
IG for my company: @marInspired
Twitter for my company: @getmarInspired
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I can do a spot on impression of Grace Wakefield.