Meet Vanessa Guevara, TEN Company Dancer

 Vanessa Guevara

Where are you from and what is your professional background?

I am from Mexico. I started dancing folk dances from Mexico as a child, which part of them are rooted in Flamenco and African Dance, also I trained West African dance in Guinea,  and the professional training with Ballet, Contemporary and Latin-American social dances.

 When did you know, you wanted to dance professionally? What drew you to dance?

In Mexico is very common to start dancing our traditional dances very early, it is part of the curriculum at primary school as well, so I’ve been dancing all my life, I used to be a swimmer but and injury forced me to dedicate more time to dancing. One of my dance teachers took me to start rehearsals with a Professional Company, I started touring and getting paid when I was a teenager, finishing high school and touring wasn’t easy. I loved school but  I knew I could just dedicate my life 100% to dance, and that is when I joined the university to study  dance as a career.   

What made you want to work with ACE dance and music?

Having the background on African dance and Contemporary I was always looking for the right fusion of these two, some friends let me know the choreographer Vincent  Mantsoe was coming to ACE to choreograph a piece and I immediatly wanted to audition for ACE .

During TEN tour, which performance has been your favourite and why?

I can’t really point at one as my favourite one, in each of them I’ve found special moments that I treasure in a very special way thanks to the people I am sharing the stage with.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

Yes, I do. It involves respect and permission to the space I am in, safety for my dance mates and grateful for the many reason that made me get to perform.

What are the key things to remember whilst performing?

I am sure there are lots but mine is to be present in the moment, (and obviously remember the notes from my choreographer)

What is it like to be in a professional company?

As a dancer it becomes a luxury to wake up every morning to do what you love to do and get paid. It is like any other job shift,  9 to 5 or 10 to 6, but training, creating, rehearsing, learning, bonding, developing, and of course aching.  Now, the different experiences one live while working with a professional dance company really varies of which company one is working with.

What advice would you give to aspiring dancers who are beginning their journey?

Do it.  Go for it with everything. Don’t leave anything to chance. Do your best always. It might not be easy some times but it is Amazing!!