1) When/How did you discover your passion for dance?

I was about 8 years old when the Step-up series came out. I was such a fan and I would watch and try to mimic each dance. I would bust out quick moves around my cousins and they would acknowledge it and tell me how great of a dancer I was. Immediately I believed that I was a great dancer and made dancing a part of me.

2) What was your first big break? And how did it come about?

My first break happened when Jada Pinkett Smith reposted one of my videos on her Instagram page; her doing-so brought followers to my page, viewers and most importantly, she brought attention to my dance which opened doors for me.

3) What accomplishment to date are you most proud of?

Being able to showcase Afro on National TV will be the accomplishments-to date that I am most proud of. I was given the opportunity to perform live on Jimmy Fallon Show with two amazing artists, Goldlink and Maleek Berry.

4) Why did you launch your brand?

With afrobeats being a huge part of me, I gained the passion of wanting to spread the culture to others.

5) What is the one thing we should know about you and your classes?

My classes are meant to challenge those who attend while having fun and being able to loosen themselves. It’s all about vibes, groove but also musicality. My goal is for individuals to tell themselves “they can” instead of “they can’t.” One rule in my class is no matter what happens, you keep dancing!

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Alison Barajas