Who is your Hero? Why?
My hero is my Grandfather. He was a huge part of my life, lived with my family since I was 12. He was the strongest person I ever knew. Seeing the strength, he portrayed every day through obstacles, health difficulties and everything in between… I have never known someone as strong as him. I hope to one day be as strong as he was.
What quote inspires you?
“Everything happens for a reason”. Sometimes you just have to trust it. Even if in the moment it doesn’t make sense, it always does later down the road and you realize it’s all happening the way it’s supposed to.
What’s something you do every day to help reach your goals?
I constantly try to plan each day out. Sitting down and laying out my schedule for all things helps me to not get distracted or lazy.
What advice do you have for your younger self?
The trophies, medals and placements don’t matter. Those things aren’t measures of how successful you may be. I would always get caught up in adjudications and numbers, when now I realize that those things aren’t true to the current NOW of where I am.
What advice do you have for young dancers in regard to their training?
TRAIN IN ALL STYLES. UNDER ALL TEACHERS. Work with as many instructors as you can, and dance with different people. Experiencing versatility in all facets will be the most valuable lesson you learn in dance.
What advice do you have for dancers making the transition to a working dance professional?
This question is good! Remember even though dance leading up to this point was a hobby and a passion, once you’re on the professional level its now your job, your career! So, make sure you ACT professional.
Don’t get caught up in the excitement and fun too deep. Hobby dancing, and career dancing are two completely different things. Once you make the transition into the professional world, continue to enjoy every moment, remain thankful, and continue to work your hardest. Stepping into this world doesn’t mean you’ve made it, it means to have to work harder!
What’s on your dance “Bucket List”?
I am lucky enough to say that many of my “bucket listers” have been accomplished. Some that are still waiting for that check next to it, is dancing for the Superbowl, dancing for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and dancing in a movie.
Favorite viral dance video?
This one is hard to answer! A lot of the videos aren’t ones that go “viral” per say. I always find myself drooling over videos of Diana Matos and Nat Bat!
Must see dance movie?
Must see dance movie I think is always “Save The Last Dance”. To me it was like the first movie of my generation to be based solely around dance.
Three Items in your bag you can’t live without?
Laptop, ID and charger!
What is your go to snack for nourishment when dancing?
I love a good chicken salad! Hahaha! Preferably with a sweet fruit and nut in it!
What do you do when you’re not dancing or choreographing?
I am typically enjoying my house, husband, family and friends! I love to cook and travel as well.
Must hear song?
Anything from Todrick Hall, forever and always!!!!
Hot fashion/style item for class?
A good, comfortable and sleek pair of shoes… ALWAYS!
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
One thing that may surprise people is that I was never the best dancer in the room. I always had to work at it, sometimes I worked too hard. Hahaha! But my love and passion motivated me to be better every day.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment would definitely have to be going on tour with Lady Gaga for the ARTPOP Ball.
What are you looking forward to in 2019?
I am definitely looking forward to continuing to create, travel and make memories in my career and personal life!
How can we follow you on Social Media?
@TheresaStone91 is my handle
Who would you like to thank for helping you get to where you are in your career?
Clearly, he knows it, but I must always thank the King himself, Brian Friedman. He took me under his wing more times than I can remember. Training me first as a dancer, then as an assistant, and then as a choreographer. He taught me how be the best in all aspects of the industry, even down to the minute details. Taught me to have an opinion, and how to go about portraying it. Taught me how to handle difficult situations in the best way possible. And ultimately taught me how to be completely well rounded. All love to my dance father!
Most memorable Star Dance Alliance moment?
I would say my most memorable Star Dance Alliance moment would be a funny one. I was young, maybe 20? And I had received a choreography award for a number I did with my studio. As I walked up to receive the award, there was a puddle of water at the foot of the stairs up to the stage, I slipped and fell so hard as everyone watched me. What a mess!
How has Star Dancer Alliance impacted or influenced your career?
The Star Dance Alliance was a place I grew up dancing. Every year I was here, growing, competing and pushing myself. Now I am lucky enough to say I get to be a part of that same process from the other end. Allowing the next generation here to grow, compete and push themselves with my help! It is extremely rewarding, and I am so thankful!