Meet our newest member of the DAS Team, Tenika! She currently teaches our youth Hip Hop classes, but also subs Video Vixen & DAS Fit classes.
1. When did you start dancing?
I started dancing in 1990. I was 3 years old. My mom wanted to get my out the house on Saturday mornings so she decided to put me in dance lol.
2. What is your favorite thing to do in Austin?
EAT!! Austin has so many GREAT places to eat. I want to try them ALL.
I’m from Buffalo, New York. I know drastic weather change lol.
4. Who is your inspiration?
My mom! She juggled 2 kids (I have a older sister), work, and extra hobbies all by herself. Our fathers were also in our lives but my mom cooked, clean, drove us to Dance and extra curricular activities ALL while having a great job and social life.
5. What are some of your non-dancing hobbies?
I LOVE DIY projects and I’m also a graphic designer. Lately I’ve been getting a lot of logo and Snapchat filter orders lol.
6. What is your favorite dance-related experience?
I will never forget working with Dave Scott and LaurieAnn Gibson on the Pulse Tour. There was a team of us that helped with choreography, the master class conventions, etc. that was the best time of my LIFE. To be able to dance with my favorite to choreographers was AMAZING.
7. Favorite Show/Movie/Book:
TV Show: SOOO MANY... Criminal Minds, NCIS, Greys Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Suits, Law & Order SVU, Scandal, The Blacklist... omg the list can go on forever and ever lol!
Movie: HUGE Denzel Washington fan so anything that he is acting in, but my fave is Remember the Titans
Book: Pretty Little Liars (All 10 books)
8. Fun fact about you?
I AM OBSESSED WITH ICE CREAM
9. You are taking a dance class - what style can we find you in first?
ABSOLUTELY HIP HOP!
10. Favorite Quote and why?
Always be a first version of yourself rather than a second version of someone else. - I love this quote because I really encourage EVERYBODY to be YOU rather or not others don’t like it. Follow your heart. If you like the color red, but the rest of the world only wears Blue WEAR RED ANYWAYS. Lol