Kamila Reeder: Dancer/Choreographer
San Diego, CA
What Moves You?
“Dance is the closest my body will ever get to unassisted flight. The feeling of hanging in the air – between on balance and off balance – where gravity doesn’t exist. The feeling of falling and letting gravity work on you as you try to resist is everything. Being able to let your body talk for you when you’d rather not verbalize. Dance is a way for me to tell people my secrets and the things I tend to hide, without having to try and explain it to them.”What Moves You? "Dance is a way for me to tell people my secrets and the things I tend to hide, without having to try and explain it to them." – Kamila Reeder Click To Tweet
Before I became a dancer I was a seamstress. I’d been sewing all my life, and to my family and friends it seemed obvious that I would accept my scholarship to the Fashion Institute of Technology at 18, and have a comfortable life doing something that came naturally to me. But, the closer I got to achieving that goal, the worse I felt. It seemed to me that a life spent doing only things that were easy was empty, and I felt as if I’d either lose my love for sewing or turn into a truly awful human being. The thought of going to college, going through life and possibly learning nothing and never being asked to grow as a person was so depressing. Before I could dance, I was a destructive person I think, I had lots of extra energy and I would often act or speak in a way that was disruptive or actually destructive, so being able to channel excess energy and negative feelings/actions into something positive that hurts no one is priceless to me. I will never forget my first day of dance class at 15 years old because at that moment I knew exactly what I needed to do with my life. A dancer represented the sort of hardworking, grateful, talented and beautiful person I wanted to grow into, so I took my chance and never looked back.
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