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What inspired you to become a dancer?
My parents were social dancers and frequently went out swing dancing. When I lived in the Philippines I was introduced to Cha Cha and realized I enjoyed Latin music too. Later, I was working on the line crew at an airport, I was not only the youngest person they had ever hired, I was also the only woman, so I had to act pretty tough during the day. I thought that dancing would bring some balance into my life by letting me act like a girl.
What is your favorite thing about teaching?
Over the many years that I’ve been teaching the main thing that I enjoy most is connecting to people. I’ve had the privilege of meeting some pretty amazing people. Some of the people are well known and famous, but most are extraordinary people living everyday lives. I feel profoundly grateful when they share with me that I have made a positive change in their lives.
Do you have a mantra you live by or a favorite motto?
‘Make Space’ It is such a simple concept, but it has profound meaning when you begin to apply it to everything in your life. How we fill the Space in our lives is how we live our lives. I’m working on it.
Who is the most inspiring person you know?
Wow, that is a very tough question. I meet people all the time that inspire me in different ways. I have a dear friend that was born in poverty and now is a self-made multimillionaire and I know many other people that are quietly living simple lives of strength and inspiration, to pick one is to deny what I learn from each of them. With that said, I will say my mom. She is highly intelligent, curious, empathetic, disciplined, is willing to try new experiences and always sees things differently than most people. I hope that I can one day be like her.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I’ve had the privilege of extensive travel and yet the list of places I would like to visit is still pretty long and growing daily. If I had to list just one, then I would have to say New Zealand because I’ve heard it is still pristine and beautiful. I would like to spend some time there to enjoy the scenery, hike and do some diving. Secondly, several countries in the continent of Africa. I have quite a few dear friends from African countries and I would like to visit their families and home places. I’d also like to go on a safari while we still have the big animals.
What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?
Share it with Enio. In Texas? Morning yoga, leisurely breakfast and a walk in the sunshine. In CA, I used to spend my days off hiking the mountains or at the beach with Enio.
What is on your grocery list?
Vegetables, fruits, chicken, Eziekiel bread, good cheeses, olives, eggs, salsa, coffee, wine and chocolate.
What is your favorite T.V. show to binge watch?
Big Bang Theory is about all I choose to watch.
What are two things not many people know about you?
I am an an avid reader of historical biographies, preferably of women. I used to be a distance runner, I was on the varsity cross country team when I was living in the Philippines, I’ve run marathons and I got the privilege to be one of the Olympic torch runners as it traveled through California.
Where did you grow up?
Everywhere. I went to 9 or 10 different schools (Pre-12) in 5 states and 2 countries. The numbers would be bigger except for the fact we were in some places twice. California, Colorado, Tennessee, Arizona, Alabama, Philippines.
What is your secret talent?
Maybe it’s a skill I learned from my mom due to all the moving but I can measure spaces and things with my eyes pretty accurately. I’ve won quite a few bets that way. Oh, and I used to be able water ski on trick skis, but that was long ago!
What is your guilty pleasure?
Time spent alone.
What is your weirdest habit?
I like ice cream with olive oil and salt.
What celebrity embodies your inner rockstar?
I really don’t know much about many celebrities to know, besides, the ones I’ve met were all regular people in real life. Maybe Keanu Reeves?
What is your go-to sing-in-the-shower song?
I’m an athlete, not a singer! If no one is around, I will sing along to anything by Stevie Wonder or Neil Diamond..
What is your favorite food/restaurant?
What's on your bedside table?
Himalayan salt lamp, reading glasses, my current book.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was very young, a forest ranger. Once I was was in high school and got my scuba certification I considered being a marine biologist or underwater welder.
One word people use to describe you?
Stubborn or strong.
What never fails to get you out of a bad mood?
Outdoors, yoga and dogs.
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
1. Continue learning how to kite board. I had started to learn just before we moved to Texas, but had to stop when I got stuck by a sting ray. By the time I recovered the season was over.
2. Go on a safari.
3. Get my handstand side splits.
What is the best advice you ever received?
Don’t take things personally.
Terryl offers group classes on Saturdays and Sundays. Check out our Class Calendar for more details. She is also available for private lessons, please submit a Private Lesson Request From or contact the studio at (972) 490-0022 for more details.