Former DanceWear Corner employee Jamie Askey has been part of the Dancewear Corner family ever since she got her first pair of pointe shoes.
Askey has been dancing ever since she was just 4 years old when she started taking classes at Raskins Dance Studio where she danced for 14 years. It did not take long before she started to substitute teach some classes at Raskins. This is also where she got her first taste of choreographing and she has even won awards for pieces that she has choreographed.
At the age of 21, she made one of her dreams come true by moving to New York City. So for anyone dreaming about moving to New York City you can do it.
The last time we caught up with her was 4 years ago and we wanted to know what she has been up to these last few years.
What have you been up to for the last 4 years?
I have been all over the world dancing and traveling. I have danced on cruise ships, theme parks, performed at Symphony Space in NYC, and worked with many talented choreographers and dancers. I have also been judging dance competitions for Starpower, Legacy, and Beyond the Stars and have also taught at various studios around the NYC area.
How has living in New York been different than living in Florida?
Oh wow! I mean the main difference is definitely the weather. I am from St. Cloud a little town in Central Florida so there is a big difference in having a car and driving everywhere to now using public transportation and walking everywhere. Grocery shopping is very different too. So I would say I miss having a car for that. Also space… My bedroom is smaller then you can imagine. Luckily I am 5’1″ so I can fit in small places. My small bedroom back in Florida is now huge to me. I wish I could have seen the future when I was growing up, I probably would have told myself to just wait…
What was the most exciting thing that you have done while in New York?
This is a really hard question. I would say it is really exciting having moved to NYC and being able to survive here. I am so happy to be included in the community here that I am able to hang out with friends, enjoy the city, and also travel to new places. I feel like living in NYC has opened many doors for me and has allowed me to travel to so many other places. Right now I am in Austin, Texas teaching at a summer camp called TAPS. I have never been to Texas and this opportunity came up thanks to my community in NYC.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love hanging out with my friends, seeing shows, cooking/baking, and of course exploring everything the city has to offer. Now that it is nice outside I love laying out and sunbathing. When I was younger and visiting the city, my dad would joke about the New Yorkers laying out in 60-degree weather but now living here I am one of them. I love it.
I see that you have performance, choreography, teaching and judging experience. Which do you enjoy doing the most and why?
I enjoy doing all of them because they are all a part of my art. I am very lucky to still be able to perform so I am going to say I enjoy performing the most. It gives me the best feeling in the world to be able to perform for people.
If you could go back in time, what advice and lessons learned would you had given your “younger self”?
I would probably say that everyone has their own journey in life and to not compare your journey to someone else’s. You control what happens to you next.
If you could give advice for aspiring younger dancers, what did you discover about the industry that you would want others to know about?
Do not take anything personally, especially when it comes to auditions. You are talented. You made it into the audition room. Once you have made it there, many things are out of your control. There are so many other things that the creatives are looking at that are out of your control and typically do not have to do with your talent. Keep doing what you love and continue to stay creative.