Get to know the Dancer // David Cross

Get to know the dancers of DCCD, their inspirations, and where their training began. We would like to introduce David Cross!

1.    How long have you been dancing? 10 years. I started when I was 14 and began high school.

2.    Why did you start dancing? My first experience dancing was actually by doing musicals. I enjoyed being on stage and having a great time with all of my friends. One of my friends suggested I should come join them in taking break dancing lessons and I ended up falling in love with it! Over the rest of high school I slowly switched from musicals and acting to just dancing.

3.    Who or what is your biggest dancing inspiration? There definitely isn’t one person or thing that has always inspired me to dance. At different points in my life and in my training, different individuals offered different forms of inspiration. From my first breaking teachers like Jerome Larkins and Isaac Limas to big name bboys like Cloud, Ronnie, Casper, and Kid David. My Dad was also a huge inspiration for my dancing and pursuing it as a career. He always told me to find what you love to do, and then do it. After he passed, this hit me harder than anything else. I realized how short this life is and how you need to make it count. That drove me to attend college for dance even though I had never done ballet or modern before. I knew I needed to know more than just breaking to make it as a professional dancer.

4.    What is your proudest dance achievement so far? This opportunity with Dark Circles is definitely making one of the top achievements! Some other amazing times I’ve had are traveling throughout Australia dancing with GX International, as well as attending battles all over the Midwest with my crew Boogie Munstars Family. Performing at the grand opening of the Kauffman Center in Kansas City was amazing. Dancing at the Kennedy Center in D.C. was also incredible. Basically any time I get to travel and dance with those I love is an achievement in my book!

5.    Tell us about your hobbies outside of dance. I’m a car enthusiast to the core. I love cars and working on mine. I love going to car meets and shows and seeing the amazing things people are doing. I love seeing different kinds of art and going to different museums. I enjoy seeing other people create and express themselves. I’ve also recently discovered that snowboarding is a ton of fun as well as skydiving!

6.    Choose one word to describe your dancing. Authentic. I feel as though dancing should be vulnerable and honest. For the longest time I thought I had to put on a certain character for each dance I was doing. It took me years to realize that you simply need to be yourself, and I’m still discovering this.

7.    What is your favorite dance quote? 2 Samuel 6:14   “And David danced before the Lord with all his might…”

Get to know the Dancer // Jennifer Mabus


DCCD will be performing March 21-23 at the REVERBDance Festival in New York City.  The performance is located at the Baruch’s Nagelberg Theater (55 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10010 // entrance on E. 25th St. between Lexington and 3rd ave.) You can still buy tickets!

 Get to know some of the dancers at DCCD, their inspiration, and where their training started! We would like to introduce Jennifer Mabus!  

1. How long have you been dancing for?

I have been dancing a long time! I actually can’t remember a time of my life without dance. 

2. Why did you start dancing?

I started dancing because I was so shy as a little girl that my mom thought dance lessons would make me more outgoing. Instead, I found my voice in dance. I was hooked from my very first recital in a white tutu. I loved the fantasy and magic. Still do. 

3. Who or what is your biggest dancing inspiration?

Life happening around me- my family, friends, fellow dancers, strangers, beautiful places. The more fully we are human beings, the better artists we will be. 

4. What is your proudest dance achievement so far?

I’ve been lucky in my career but, honestly my proudest achievement is that I’m still growing and being challenged as a performing artist. I get to work with such beautiful people! 

5. Tell us about your hobbies outside of dance. 

Well, I’m currently a grad student and teacher, so I don’t have too much time for hobbies. However, my yoga practice keeps me sane and I’m a little addicted to Argentine tango!

6. Choose one word to describe your dancing techniques.


7. What is your favorite dance quote?

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” –Martha Graham

Get to know the Dancer // Sarah Hammonds

White Day is premiering tomorrow! There is still time to buy tickets to the performance. After the performance tomorrow, there will be a “meet and greet” along with a Q&A. Join us for refreshments and take the chance to get to know some of the dancers at DCCD!

 Get to know some of the dancers, their inspiration, and where their training started in preparation for White Day! The first dancer we would like to introduce is Sarah Hammonds!  

1. How long have you been dancing for?

I began dancing at the age of eight at Ozsoy School of Ballet in Duncanville, TX, where I trained until my senior year in high school. 

2. Why did you start dancing?

I began dancing because I was curious. I would see the Nutcracker every Christmas with my family, and I wanted to try it. Little did I know that I would be earning a degree in dance several years later! 

3. Who or what is your biggest dancing inspiration?

I think my inspiration comes from other artists and dancers. Seeing the ways that different dancer’s interpret movement has always been interesting to me. It offers a way for me to learn from other people. The audience members also serve as inspiration for me. Hearing how dancing affects others is what encourages me to keep growing and maturing throughout my career. 

4. What is your proudest dance achievement so far?

There are several moments that I am very proud of in my career thus far. Earning my Bachelors of Fine Arts this upcoming May is certainly an achievement, but it’s the little things that I find to be most rewarding. My choreography was recently nominated to represent my University in the national choreography festival, American College Dance Festival this March. I am also nominated for an Excellence in Service Award for the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication at my University. 

5. Tell us about your hobbies outside of dance. 

Outside of dance I definitely put family first. I realize they are the reason I am able to do what I love. I also like being heavily involved at my University. I have come to really appreciate Sam Houston State, and I only want to give back. I also teach creative movement classes for the children of Huntsville.