Meet this month’s Spotlight Dancer Kalysta Gregory. Kalysta is a homeschooled senior who dual enrolls at St. Petersburg and is now on track to earn her A. A. before she turns 18. In addition to her school focus, she trains, as well as teaches tap dance at A & G Dance Academy in At. Petersburg Florida. She is a company member of Nick Dinicolangelo’s Hands Down Tap Project in New Jersey. She is also a proud SoDanca Ambassador. Kalysta can be found on many weekends attending dance conventions and festivals across the country. Her plans include continuing her college studies while pursuing a career in dance. Whether it’s teaching, performing, or choreographing, dance will definitely be a part of her future!
With all of this, we wanted to get to know her a little bit better.
1 What is your favorite dance class to take?
Tap dance class of course, but contemporary is a close second!
2 If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Since I’m always busy and on the go, I would spend the extra time with my family and friends.
3 What’s your favorite piece of dance clothing you own?
I love leggings! Leggings are my go-to clothing item when it comes to dance and on a regular day-to-day basis!
4 What songs have you completely memorized?
Every song that I have done a solo to I have completely memorized. Whether it’s the lyrics or how the rhythm goes, I spend a lot of time working on my solos and therefore hear the song over and over again.
5 Who’s your go-to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Because I choreograph, I really challenge myself to venture out and listen to all styles of music. If I have no clue what to listen to, I’ll play something or someone I’ve never heard before. However, Ed Sheeran has always been a favorite of mine!
6 If you could perform a duet with any dancer who would it be and why?
I would do a duet with Aaron Tolson in a heartbeat! He has been one of my mentors for about five years now. Not only do I look up to him, I also consider him a great friend. He and I have worked a lot together on various things, however, we have never performed together, so I would love to do a duet with him someday!
7 You can pick up the phone and talk to your number on dance idol – living or dead – but you can only ask 3 questions. What are the 3 questions you would ask them?
For me, I would want to speak to the tap masters of the past; ALL of the tap masters of the past. I honestly can’t pick just one. Regardless of who I spoke to, I would ask them: 1) What did you do to jumpstart your career in tap dance? 2) What was the inspiration that drove you to continue tap dancing throughout your life? 3) What do you believe was your greatest achievement overall?
8 What do you like to do besides dancing?
In addition to dancing, I really love photography, playing piano, and doing makeup! Also, I love spending time with my family, friends, and playing with my baby sister.
Rapid Fire This Or That
Dog or cat?
Netflix or Youtube?
Phone call or text?
Ice cream cone or snow cone?
Ice cream cone!
Cake or pie?
Watching a movie at home or in the theater?
Sneakers or sandals?
Tablet or computer?
Amusement park or day at the beach?