INES OGOREVC   •   30/11/2019

Last week, Tamara Di entrusted us with her dance story. If you haven’t seen or read the first part yet, you can find it on the link.

This week, she revealed the truth behind one stereotype and shared with us her inspirations, moments from the dancefloor, challenges for the future and also shared some tips for the people who are still deciding to start to dance or not.

There is a stereotype that dancers don't drink. Is it true, what would you say now when you own a bar and host dance socials beside regular nights?

Yeah, it's not a myth, it is truth, which is what I personally like a lot. The usual dance Tuesdays that happen in Balerina are not about drinking. People maybe drink one beer, but usually it's lemonade, juices and teas. But when there are bigger celebrations, like a dance school birthday or anniversary, then that changes.

They don't drink alcohol so much or they generally don't drink?

They generally don't order drinks.

Was there a moment in Balerina or in your dance experience that really touched your heart and had a special meaning for you?

Yes, when I went to a private class of two very good dancers, Airam and Veronica. That hour gave me something so special, I can't put it into words. I had shivers all over my body, experienced a lot of new things, I got in touch with myself, heard music in a completely different way. It was such an enjoyable experience, that even they both ended up crying. It really was sensual; I will remember it forever.

What about a funny moment?

May I mention who did this to me? It was in my Balerina, last year or two years ago. We danced with Aco, it's always fun to dance cuban salsa with him. Then I don't know what happened. He somehow turned me around and he didn't move away his elbow. I got punched in the nose, and I could see birds flying around in my head. I went to the toilet and hoped there is no blood. He came after me to check if I'm okay and I did confirm I was.

This is probably a common thing on the dance floor, though I think, guys get hit by elbows more often than we do. But it's interesting to hear that it can also happen to us.

It happens a lot and it happened to me. It is also very uncomfortable and I am very afraid of this; when the dance floor is full, it happens many times that a girl steps on your foot.

By chance with the heel.

Yeah.

I think, we all have experienced this at some point.

These are two of unfortunate situations. For the first one, I believe it won't happen again, because I'll be more careful, but for the heel, I'm sure it will. Even I stepped on someone before.

What is one thing you learned through dance? Any advice that comes out of it, for other dancers?

In my opinion, dancing is the same as anything else you want to learn and at first it seems you never will. But there is no better feeling like when you are very persistent about one thing and want it very badly, no matter the age or thinking that your time is supposed to pass... There is still time and if the desire is very strong and you are persistent, you will succeed. I can't say it's hard work. I don't take it that way, it's just like the butterflies you have when you can hardly wait for something, then it just happens. So go for it and don't give up, just go.

Who is your inspiration and motivation in dance, and also for Balerina and dance socials?

There is no one person that inspires me. I am very inspired by music, not just dance music, but music in general. When we hang out and dance at my house, there is very little space. Maybe this is also my inspiration, to go to the Balerina's "living room", where I can dance.

On the other hand, my inspiration is my daughter. There were a few times when I said how I would like to go dancing and she told me to go, and who said I couldn't, if maybe my mom doesn't let me... Well, she was right.

Where do you see other challenges in dance and your own development in this field?

I have a path in my head, that started when I first started bachata. First regular bachata, then sensual bachata and then came kizomba. I want to learn kizomba the way I could really feel it. The next step is Argentine tango.

Tamara, do you have any other message for the dancers, what would you like to share with them?

My main message, or what guides me through my life for the last five to ten years, is my love for dance, music, and morning coffee. If the flow is right, then there are really no mistakes, no obstacles and no bad experiences.

Tamara, thank you very much for taking the time for our interview, it was a real pleasure. Readers, I hope you enjoyed it too as you had the chance to get to know another perspective of dancer's life.

Thanks again.

Thank you for the invitation, it was a very good experience for me. I hope we will hear and learn as many things as possible about dance and maybe bring such stories closer to those, who are still deciding and have some fear or hesitation.

Thank you, good luck, see you.

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