Instructor Spotlight: Michelle Gomez

1. When did you start dancing? Well technically I took my first dance class at the age of 5 which was a creative movement class and I moved into sports after my class session ended. I didn't really start dancing until I was 11 when I moved to Texas. I joined a competitive community outreach dance program hosted at Westwood High School called the All-Stars Unlimited. It was a great program, lots of fun, and I didn't really learn any terminology during that time, but that's where the love of dance began. 2. What is your favorite thing to do in Austin?

I love paddle-boarding, yoga, exploring new venues with outdoor patios, hiking with my dog, and spending time with my family that lives in Round Rock. 3. Hometown? Round Rock is my hometown. 4. Who is your inspiration? I have multiple sources of inspiration, but my largest source is my faith, then it would be my family. I am ever so grateful for my professors from Texas Tech University who truly inspired a lot of self-reliance, humanity empowerment, and truly a creative push- a trust in my abilities by truly teaching people how to use their bodies in the best way.

5. What are some of your non-dancing hobbies?

I love acting, hiking, reading, writing, and leading/attending empowerment networking/organizational groups. 6. What is your favorite dance-related experience?

I attended Choreographers Carnival the summer of 2015 in Los Angeles during my time living out there. I didn't perform in this one, but it was the most beautiful thing to watch. It was incredibly inspiring performances, talented performers, and met choreographers I looked up to.

I met artists such as Missy Elliot (my hands were so sweaty... I was so awkward). Anyways, the most beautiful thing I saw was dancers cheering on other dancers.... Then in between the acts the DJ would come on and you would see dance circles start to form like crop circles in a crowd of people. SO MANY DANCE CIRCLES! It didn't matter what style they were doing as long as that dancer was living in the moment and moving. I've been blessed with many performance opportunities, but nothing beats dancers encouraging other dancers like that. That's a dance moment I will never forget. 7. Favorite Show/Movie/Book: TV Show: 'Gilmore's Girls' Movie: Grease! Book: I love self-help books, biographies, and spiritual books. I mainly listen to audio-books. I think I would have to say The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is my favorite. 8. Fun fact about you?

My first language was Spanish then English, then French in college.

9. You are taking a dance class - what style can we find you in first?

Oh gosh... I LOVEEEE DANCE! I guess it depends on my mood of the day or what classes are offered that day but you will definitely find me in either of these forms; Hip Hop, Contemporary/Modern, Jazz, Aerial- Silks, Yoga, Ballet, and a stilettos class.

10. Favorite Quote and why?

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." -Thomas Edison.

Reason: Edison is my favorite inventor and entrepreneur. He was such an optimist that I found his words and his willingness to keep trying again and again very inspiring. (Plus I have a slight obsession with light)

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