Dancer Dish: Heather Smith
If you were a meal; what meal would you be & why?
Samosas as the starter. Warm you up to me a bit. Veggie burger for the main. Kind to animals, scrumptious, but not blatantly good for you. And a bottle of wine for dessert. Because while you think it's a party, really you're just going to fall asleep very soon.
If you had to pick one book to read right now what would it be & why?
I have 14 books stacked up in my room right now all about chakras, and yoga, and meditation and I want to read all of them RIGHT NOW. Because _____________.
If you could play hooky for a day or two; what would you do?
I want to go to Olympus Spa soooo bad! It's all women so you get to walk around naked. And they have pools, and saunas, and steam rooms and you can spend the entire day there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LET'S GO!!!
What would you say is your favorite place you've visited/traveled to & why?
I like Grace Bay Beach in Turks & Caicos. The sand is the softest. The water is the clearest. The sun is the brightest.
If you had no ability to dance--what other art form would you choose?
I took voice lessons as a child because I had dreams of being the next Britney Spears. But... yikes it's not cute folks. So I had to give that one up. I love painting but once again........... no talent. I am obsessed with poetry... but I have not yet found my voice so I read it instead. Basically I would love to do any art... but I ended up in dance because I'm halfway good at it.
What is your favorite dance memory?
Every single time I step on stage.
What is your most embarrassing dance moment?
Ah but mine's so cliche... I farted. Right when the choir (who was standing right behind me) went silent.
Who is/was your biggest influence as an artist?
Oh no. Here I go being self-centered. But I am my biggest influence. My brain gets interested in certain things or my heart gets tugged on by something else. I listen closely to everyone and everything around me and then boom, it makes me who I am.
When do you remember first saying, "I want to be a professional dancer"?
I don't remember ever really committing to being a professional dancer. When I went to college and majored in dance it was more of a "I want to dance." I didn't care if I got to dance when I was out of college, all I knew was -- that's what I wanted to do right then. And the passion has just continued. I want to dance. So, I went to auditions, and people keep letting me dance. So boom diggity dog I'm a lucky gal.
What excites you the most about Intrepidus' third season?
I LOVE spending time with this group of ladies!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone is such a beautiful soul! I can't wait to get back in the studio and do what I love with people I love.
Lastly, what inspirational quote is resonating with you as of late?
"If you think you're too small to make a difference... try sleeping with a mosquito in the room." - Dalai Lama