Q & A with Brandon Comer
April 6, 2016
Why do you dance?
I dance because I get to share my joy and passion for what I love through my art. Being on stage is like no other feeling in the world. The adrenaline rush you get when you get done with a show and you're exhausted and the crowd is cheering is one of my favorite parts about my job. It makes you feel accomplished about all the hard work that you put into each rehearsal and show.
If you hadn't been a dancer, what would you be doing?
Ever since I was little I have always wanted to be a vet or work/help with animals.
What other exercise/physical training do you spend time with besides dance classes? How does that help?
Other than dancing I try and get myself to the gym to either swim laps or lift some weights. When I can't make it to the gym, I workout at home to videos off of the fitnessblender Chanel on YouTube.
What types of costumes are easiest to dance in? Describe your favorite costume you've ever danced in. Describe the most challenging/why.
The easiest costumes to dance in would have to be a simple jazz pants and tank top. My favorite costume I have ever danced in is the Satyr costume from DK's Carmina Burana. Those costumes have so much fur and you get to wear fun little goat horns. The most challenging costume I have ever danced in is the pig costume from DK's Carnival of the Animals. Although it was one of the most fun shows and costumes I have ever worn, it was challenging to control the enormous costume while carrying a big tray of peanuts.
What inspires you when you're creating choreography? What is the biggest challenge for you in that process?
There are so many things that inspire me while I'm choreographing. Sometimes it's the students/dancers I'm working with that inspire me or it can sometimes be the music I'm choreographing to. My biggest challenge in choreographing is always the beginning and ending of pieces. I usually always start with an idea in the middle of the song and build from there.
What is your favorite part of teaching dance? What's the biggest challenge? Where do you teach?
My favorite part of teaching would have to be the look on your students faces when they finally get what they have been working on.The biggest challenge of teaching is trying to explain what you are wanting out of your students. Every student learns differently so I try to find two or three ways to explain it differently. I teach at Academy of Dance Arts and Expressenz Dance Centre.
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
My favorite guilty pleasure is anything with peanut butter/mostly all types of cookies.
What one piece of advice would you give a student who wants to dance professionally?
If you want to be a professional dancer you need to be prepared to put in extra work outside the studio. Every day you go into work and you have to look at yourself in the mirror and ask, "How can I be a better dancer than I was yesterday?" You are learning every single day and you have to push yourself to the max some days, but in the end you get the great reward of performing on stage and sharing your passion with others.