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jamie lee ruiz


"Being a professional dancer takes a lot of hard work and dedication.  You almost have to be an overachiever.  It also takes a certain type of mentality.  If you believe you have what it takes, then you WILL HAVE what it takes.  Train your mind to believe you will be successful and you will be."  Miami HEAT Dancer 2003-2008.  The Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious.  Pussycat Dolls Las Vegas act.

gina francis


"The most easily forgotten aspect of auditioning is confidence. Just like any other skill, you must bring this with you to your audition in order to feel accomplished, whether you make the team or not. The best advice I have to build confidence is to TAKE CLASS! Wherever you go, keep it consistent and don't wait until 2 weeks before an audition to get back into class. Waiting until the last minute to prepare yourself will diminish your confidence and will surely affect your audition." Miami Heat Dancer 2004-2008, America's Best Dance Crew Season 3, (The Fly Khicks). Owner/Artistic Director of Studio-61.

janet jones

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"Begin thinking of yourself as a brand and invest in yourself as if you were your own business. It is so much more than simply being a great dancer. Your "brand" needs to be an excellent dancer & performer (so invest in taking as many dance classes as possible with different people.) Your "brand" needs to have a a great LOOK (invest in your health, your beauty, fitness, in yourself!) Its a tough, fast-paced business that requires alot of you. Enjoy the ride, it'll be the best memories of your life!" Miami Heat Dancer 2000-2002, creator of the VIXEN WORKOUT.

susie garcia


"OWN IT! The best way to mentally prepare yourself is seeing yourself on the squad... Visualize what you want to achieve. If you can dream it you can achieve it. Give the best you have right away, don't warm up to it because you only have 1 chance to impress. OWN that 1 chance and make the judges look nowhere else but at you! Passion, energy and courage is what you need to MAKE THE SQUAD!" - Susie Garcia, SHOW STOPPER STUDIO owner/ Artistic Director, SYTYCD Season 4, ASSISTANT choreographer Grammys, Premio Lo Nuestro, Mira Quien Baila, Pitbull, The Voice, Dancing with the Stars, Rock of Ages. Barbara Goleman Jewels (Director/Choreographer).

Traci young-byron


"Don't dance like no one is watching.  Dance as if the whole world is watching.  Don't leave just your heart on the dance floor, Leave your soul." Traci Young-Byron, former Miami Heat Dancer & Assistant Choreographer, America's Best Dance Crew Season 3 (The Fly Khicks), Owner/Artistic Director of the Young Contemporary Dance Theatre, Director/Choreographer of the Northwestern High School G-Girls, Artistic Director of the Miami Northwestern PAVAC Dance Company.

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