*Heads up for our listeners, this episode was recorded pre-pandemic*
In this episode, we sit down with a highly accomplished dancer who has found the perfect balance between becoming a successful industry dancer and pouring back into the dance community. Juju, a true master in his craft, sits down with us for a virtual conversation about living in New York, being part of the Beyond Babel cast, and eating all of the colors of the rainbow. Juju shares his philosophy on dancers as athletes and we also discuss the loss of NBA legend: Kobe Bryant. Juju reminisces on his once in a lifetime experience performing in front of 60,000 screaming fans. We also talk about super powers, professional gaming and what’s good in the dance community. It’s an episode full of insight, reflection and inspiration.
In this episode, we explore:
02:39 How to stay focused
03:46 A Master in his craft
04:38 The loss of a legend, Kobe Bryant
08:27 Being part of the Beyond Babel cast
12:07 Living in New York
13:31 Preparing for Beyond Babel: A Physically demanding endeavor
18:34 A well-balanced diet: The rule of 5 colors
20:28 Platform Showcase: How to run a successful show from afar
23:16 Juju’s philosophy on dancers as athletes
26:47 E-Sports and Marketing
27:32 The K-Pop experience: Performing with BTS
31:43 Walking the line between Industry and Community dance
37:43 If Juju had a “quirk” (that’s anime for “superpower”)
40:54 Strategy gaming
43:15 Pursuing dance in a traditional Filipino household
46:04 Doubting dance as a profession and finding guidance in God
50:47 Rapid Fire Questions
52:22 What’s the best part of dance?
53:35 Juju’s generosity
55:15 Remember us when you’re famous
56:35 Not phased by the followers
59:01 Going back in time and giving advice to yourself
1:03:00 What’s good in the dance community?
1:05:00 Closing remarks
This episode’s guest:
Special thanks to Jane Banares for creating our Co-Lab Podcast artwork!
Music by Sam Stan - Das Boo - https://thmatc.co/?l=997FC418
Music by SkeetOnTheBeat - Late Night - https://thmatc.co/?l=E76B5749
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