Catching Up With World Class Dancer Soledad Basaldua

Established dancer in Los Angeles. She is originally from Argentina and has danced across South America, Europe and the United States, where she now works.  We recently caught up with her, here is what she had to share with the readers:

Soledad, can you tell us a little about how and when you got interested in dance?

For as long as I can remember, I have been dancing! When I was 2 years old, my mom didn’t know what to do with me (laughs).  I used to watch TV and keep moving and at the age of 6, I was already in a musical theatre school.

Did your family support the idea of you becoming a professional dancer?

Definitely, my family has always helped me and been supportive in all my decisions, I’m very lucky!

What kind of dance genre is your favorite?

I would have to say commercial/jazz funk or hip hop!

What is your training background in dance?

I trained at a musical theatre school in Buenos Aires where I learned tap, ballet and jazz. When I moved to Europe I continued with jazz and hip hop, and I continue to train in LA at many dance studios

Do you have to constantly keep in shape to stay competitive in the dance world? Can you talk about how you work out and what you try to achieve?

LA is definitely a city where to have to try and stay at your best.  It’s more a competition with yourself to try and keep learning new things to exceed your expectations and keep you getting booked. But then again, you are competing with some of the most talented people in the industry! Apart from dance classes I always keep in shape training at least 4-5 times a week, doing different cardio or interval training circuits! Not only for how I look, but to keep my body strong for everything I do.

What dancers have influenced you the most?

G Madison is a good friend of mine and also teacher, his determination and technique is unreal, and the amount of things he accomplished as a dancer and choreographer are admirable! Another one would be Jenna Dewan, I think she is amazing and have been following her for a very long time since the Step Up movie. Nick Demoura, Cedric Botelho and Jojo Gomez are among others who I love taking classes from and keep getting bigger and better!

Do you prefer dancing to choreographing or vice-versa?

 That’s a tough question! Choreographing is always a challenge, but it’s your own, and I adore creating and interpreting songs/what the artist wants. But then again, in dance you are always learning something new and you grow from it. But I guess choreographing would be my answer!

Dance is closely so associated with music. What have been your biggest musical influences?

Beyonce’, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears (I used to dance to all her choreography when I was little)!

We have heard that you went to circus school. Is that true? What were the highlights for you?

It is true! I loved it and I’m actually going back to class now! I’ve always been a climber and have never been afraid of heights, so I decided to give it a shot! Not only did it improve my endurance, but also my flexibility. That feeling when you are so high in the air and drop with tricks, it’s something I can’t explain. I just love the adrenaline.

We also heard that you were part of the iHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas. How did you like that and can you talk to us about that show?

I was so blessed to be able to choreograph the 10 minute opening set for James Maslow. He won the Macy’s rising star competition and we opened the festival in front of 60.000 people.  iHeart radio in Las Vegas is one of the biggest festivals in the world. Creating everything was super fun but we didn’t have much time, so the pressure was real, but he had this vision and after putting all the pieces together the result was great! Showcasing my work in front of so many people was something out of this world and hope it’s the first of many more to come!