Interview with Choreographer Dana Alexa

Updated: Feb 22, 2021

1. Please tell us what made Dana Alexa want to follow dance?

My mom enrolled me in dancing school when I was just 2.5 years old. I loved it from the very first time I stepped onto the dance floor. I always wanted to be learning and practicing. As I grew up, I always remained in dance classes, I can’t remember a time that it wasn’t part of my life. I joined the dance talent major at Mark Twain JHS, headed up any dance projects in my HS and eventually was the captain of my college dance team. Dance has always been a priority and a passion. I studied behavioral neuroscience in college, and while I really loved the major, I knew that I needed to at least try my hand at making dance a career. So as soon as I graduated, I went back to work with dance. I trained relentlessly and was determined to see how far I could take this dream.

2. What is something that you always wanted to do in your career but have not had the time to yet?

My main focus now is on teaching dance programs and curriculums that embody more than just the physical aspects of dance. My dance-based wellness company, Three6Zero, is a passion project of mine that was a long time in creation. It is a program that incorporates meditation, fitness, stretch, advice and Q& A's and of course dance in a wide range of styles and levels. I have found that the most effective way to make people great and authentic in their artistry is to teach them to begin within. In just a few short months we have almost a hundred active members on the platform from more than 20 countries. You can join us on patreon.com/DanaAlexa. In the near future, I would like to open a brick-and-mortar location for Three6Zero. A place where dancers can expand their craft by truly tapping into and enhancing their mind, body and soul.

3. Who are some dancers or choreographers that inspired you early on in your career?

I grew up in NYC and whenever possible my mom would take me over to BDC. As a young teenager I would hop into classes that were outside my ability level. Those experiences only made me hungry for more and inspired me to take dance even more seriously. So, most of the people that inspired me early on were east coast choreographers like Rhapsody, Luam and Jermaine Browne. I was also inspired by the teachers and peers at the local dance studio I trained in. I attended Ms. Pat’s Dimensions in Dance in Brooklyn and they always saw potential in me and pushed me to work hard. It was there that I was first put on as an assistant teacher and my passion for not only dance but for teaching expanded exponentially.