Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexandra Pinto.
Alexandra, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born on May 17, 1994, in sun valley California. Then, moved to Miami when I was about two years old. While growing up, I was always an active kid. My parents always had me in extracurricular activities like karate, soccer, gym, and dancing. When I was about 11 years old, my family and I moved back to California and my whole life changed from then. When I started middle school there, I was still into dancing and soccer, but I stuck more to dancing because it’s what I always loved to do. Going into high, I was still into dancing, I had joined the volleyball team and the softball team later on my junior-senior year. After high school, I went to a community college called Los Angeles Valley College where I was getting a nursing major. I took dancing classes as a way to improve my dancing skills and get more comfortable with dancing with people around. I was in the spring show my first year there and was really happy how everyone loved the way I dance. I got to experience different dancing and different vibes from every person. In my second year of college, I also was picked for a piece in the spring show, but sadly, that same year, my grandma died while I was on vacation in Miami. Her death affected me a lot mentally and emotionally that when I came back from Miami, I failed my classes and stopped dancing for a while.
My mother and I decided to move back to Miami to be closer to my grandpa who is like a father to me. I had to leave my whole life in California and start all over again in someplace I totally forgot about other than my family members here. When I moved back to Miami, I still was sad about my grandma’s death. I started going to Miami Dade College where I ended up not going because of issues I was having with my credits and other issues. One night, I went out with a group of friends and they took to Wynwood which is a well-known area for art, dancing, and nightlife. That night, I fell in love with how much it reminded me of how I grow in California. California influences a lot of art, music, dancing, and great talent. After going to several nights in Wynwood, it became a regular thing in going to different bars or events to dance. I met a lot of good dancers and meet a lot of good people who taught me how to dance in certain moves I didn’t know before.
With that, it all came naturally and I fell in love with soca reggae dancehall music. From there, where ever I go, I always dance and try to hype about the party and usually people love dancing with me and going out with me because I always make them happy when I dance. In a way, I feel like I inspire people to dance and be themselves no matter who you are. A year ago, my dad passed away and I was probably the second most hurtful thing of my life other than my grandma’s death. Luckily, I didn’t stop dancing and I actually pushed myself harder to get better at what I love. It pushed me hard that I got a chance to be in my first music video with dancehall artist Sizzla and an upcoming artist named Omari, which was a great turn out. Thanks to Richard Munroe who helped me with this video. All I want to do is inspire people to be themselves and give them away to view things where even if it’s the worst day of your life or day, you can always push yourself to be greater a greater you and Person. Dancing is life.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
After my grandma’s death, I hit rock bottom but slowly came back up with dancing. After my dad died, it pushed me to be a greater person.
Please tell us about your work.
I’m known for going to bars and areas in Wynwood or events where dancehall soca reggae music is known. I’m always with my dancing partner who is my boyfriend named Joseph Henry. We always like to inspire people to dance and we love to put on a show and have a great time in any location we’re at. I’m personally proud of how I never gave up on something I’m good at Aside from all the things I’ve been through these last few years. I think what sets me aside from others is how of an understanding person I am. I don’t judge who you are and I always try to help with any situation. I always like teaching people how to dance. It makes me feel proud that I can be a teacher in what I love doing.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My biggest supports have been my friends in high school who always told me to keep on dancing. I would have to give credit to my college teacher Maya Zellam who is an amazing dancer. She inspired me to grow and always told me how she loved my rhythm with music and how I always know what best to dance in. My boyfriend was the biggest supporter of my dad’s death. He is a great dancer as well and always introduced me to the island music like dancehall soca and reggae. My mom and my sister are my greatest supports because they love to see me dance and know it’s what I’m meant to do in life.
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