Get to know the Dancer // Hailey Harding
Get to know the dancers of DCCD, their inspirations, and where their training began. We would like to introduce Hailey Harding!
How long have you been dancing?
I have been dancing since I was about seven years old.
Why did you start dancing?
I always dressed up in tutus and leotards and pranced around the house. Honestly, I think that’s all my little body wanted to do growing up. My mom placed me in my first dance class at my day care, and the dance instructor told her that she saw something in me and that dancing was something I definitely needed to consider continuing more seriously.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
Inspiration through diversity is what I live for. It is what pushes me to wake up, communicate, create, think, learn and give. I am constantly inspired by the dynamic and disparate individuals, things and movements that go beyond the comfortably normal reasons and deliver a sincere and rare piece of art- whether that be a trumpet player or a drag queen. I have always lived to be different and when I see, feel or hear something I never have before, I am inspired.
What is your proudest dance achievement thus far?
I would have to say graduating from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts would be my proudest achievement thus far. It is there where I found the passion and idea to let dance consume me and my life entirely, and I truly believe/know that without that school, I wouldn’t be the artist I am today.
Tell us about your hobbies outside of dance.
Dance is really the only thing I can do/need/want to do with my time, so I don’t really have many other hobbies. But I do enjoy clothes/fashion (thrift), pictures, food, music- lots of music and same nice souls, words and energy to share my time with every once in a while!
Chose one word to describe your dancing.
I have been told my movement quality is very fluid/gum-by/liquified, but if I had to pick one word to describe my dancing it would probably be willing. I enjoy many different styles of dance and I am always curious and open to exposing my body and mind to growing in each form.
What is your favorite dance quote?
“… some say even to walk is a dance.” Lilli-Alice Baxter
Photo by Sergio Garcia for Dark Circles Contemporary Dance