Your favorite color: purple
Your pets: cat, Nala
When did you start dancing?: age 7, ballet
Something you have learned recently about yourself: I am stronger, smarter, and more highly favored than I ever thought.
What do you want out of your dancing: To inspire others to be their best.
Favorite Restaurant in AZ: Taco Guild, El Chullo, La Canasta
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Who you are as an artist in once sentence? I am real.
How do you find inspiration?: From the world around, especially art. I'm particularly moved by poetry
How does Arizona make you dancer or inspire you? I am inspired by the amazing and hardworking artists that surround me everyday. Their drive and passion is awe worthy.
What do you enjoy doing outside of dance: Relaxing.
Your favorite dance memory: I have so many, I couldn't name just one, although, performing my own work at the Kennedy Center definitely is one of them
Your favorite food: Avocados
Your favorite color: Depends on my mood
Your pets: Puck (chihuahua) and Romeo (cat)
Something you have learned recently about yourself? I'm completely driven by adrenaline
What do you want out of your dancing? To give me peace, which it always has
What is the hardest thing you had to overcome in your dancing? Injuries
Your favorite dance memory: My first principle role was Balanchine's Rubies. I remember thinking "How am I going to be able to do this?", but I was going to do my absolute best because this is what I've been dreaming of! Even up until minutes before the show, I wasn't sure If I was going to be able to make it through, but I did! I felt so alive and so proud of myself. I think after that moment, I realized I was capable of so much more than I thought. This was such an important moment for me, it changed everything.
Your favorite food: avocados or chocolate
Your favorite color: green
Your pets: two sphinx cats, Frank and Bones
When did you start dancing? I started dancing when I was three!
Something you have learned recently about yourself? I am constantly learning about myself. I have always been obsessed with self discovery, so I feel like Im learning new things everyday. One thing that I've recently learned is that I love olives.
What do you want out of your dancing? I want to inspire people to express themselves and feel brave to be who they want to be. What I want personally out of my dancing is to be better than yesterday. I am unique and talented, and its my responsibility to cultivate that and reach my full potential.
What is the hardest thing you had to overcome in your dancing?The hardest thing Ive had to overcome, and still working on overcoming, is my hyper mobility. It's a blessing and a curse. I am naturally much more flexible than strong, so the name of the game for me is evening that
By watching him dance and move, you wouldn't think Jose Soto started late as a dancer. He started at seventeen. As he warmed up for his shoot, you could tell his feet were extremely supple and muscles well shaped from years of dancing. His body bends into intricate and thoughtful shapes while on set. Focused and in the zone he created the wondrous tension and hard clean lines but maintained a sense of artistry. At 29, Jose Soto has established himself as a performer in Arizona, and now working on his own brand: Don't Think Just Feel. You can catch Jose teaching all over the valley. Get to know Jose a little more in his interview with Arizona Dances.
What do you want out of your dancing? I want to inspire others to not give up. To learn how to emote and express themselves. Help them discover that outlet that dance has given me, to never give up even if you don’t choose it as a career; I want people to understand it and enjoy moving. Nothing against therapy sessions but I want my dance classes to become a therapy session for anyone who needs to let go and discover new things about themselves, plus it can be cheaper than an actual therapy session hahaha well my classes are cheap lol
Personal Note: I want people to take my dance classes to learn and to grow and to not be on a video or be opportunist. I want people to come to dance for themselves and ill my best to give them my all. don’t let fear stand in your way of your journey and growth. don’t over think it when it comes to the arts let your feelings explore and have the freedom to create . Have a voice, have a passion and fight for your life. Love what you do and be the best human you can be for yourself and for others around you. Apologize often, Forgive daily and love always. Don’t think , Just Feel
Mimi Tompkins of Ballet Arizona
It has been so amazing to see dancers of all genres, pedagogies, body types and ethnicities come together to create such amazing work. We are so grateful to the talented, wonderful dancers, choreographers, artistic directors and more who have come together for this project.
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