Today we’d like to introduce you to Florinza Chery.
Florinza, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a Haitian- American performer/choreographer born and raised in Homestead, Florida. Growing up, dance was always a way for me to express myself. It was my passion. My parents would even gather our neighbors to have a mini talent show. As I got older, I realized this is what I wanted to do as my career. When I started high school, my parents would always ask me, “what do you wanna be in life”? I would say I want to be a Dancer. They did not approve of my decision. They felt that dance was only a hobby and couldn’t be a career. So, after high school, I decided to major in dance anyway, and of course, it wasn’t easy, but its what I wanted . On November 22, 2019, at one of my dance shows, my parents saw my piece (Espwa) come to life and they saw my potential and knew that this was the right field for me. From then on, they supported me with every dance activity/ show I had. Through this journey, I met so many professional Dancers and had the opportunity to share spaces with them. Michelle Murray, who was my Dance professor/mentor, trained and guided me through my two years in college and gave me opportunities that I didn’t think I would get. With everything that started this year, I still managed to graduate with my AA. I am looking forward to continuing my studies at the University of Florida next year.I am very grateful for these experiences and opportunities.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It definitely wasn’t easy , from waking up everyday at 5am to catch a bus to get to school on time, going to school 4 times a week and and working on weekends,me doubting my capability because of the classes , attending rehearsals for hours and having a difficult time finding a way home, not having the proper training before starting college and learning choreography faster then usual. I had days where I questioned if this was what I wanted to do. It was a challenge every day, especially when it came down to learning new choreography. Having a job and going to school was a challenge in itself, but without these obstacles/challenges, I wouldn’t be where I am now, and for that, I am beyond thankful.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am an aspiring Haitian-American Dancer who mainly focuses on Afro-beats dance. Although I’m able to perform other dance genres, I prefer Afro-beats. I want to grow as a Performer/Choreographer and hopefully collaborate with other flourishing artists from down south. Where I’m from, I don’t really get to see a lot of dancers that take their talents to the next level. So, I see this as a great opportunity to really showcase my talent for my community. What sets me apart from others is my courage to keep going even when people would talk down on me for my size. I also say my strength too because there is a lot of people who wouldn’t do what I’m doing, which is putting myself out there as a dancer whether people believe in me or not. My plan after school is to join an ensemble and travel and perform around the world and work towards opening my own dance studio.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe in luck, I believe in God, and he has provided several opportunities for me in these past few years. For example, I had the opportunity of meeting Professional Dancers like Charles Anderson, Glenn Allen Sims, Tyrell Ty Lee Rolle, to name a few. I also had the opportunity to create my own 8-minute piece called Espwa (which means hope in Creole) and performed it on stage at the Miami Dade College Kendall campus. Without him and certain friends and family, I would not be where/who I am today.
- Email: Florinzachery66@gmail.com
- Instagram: Baby_chery