Alex Dmitruk - Ohio Nomination by Jennifer Dmitruk Photography by 12.9 Dance Issue 48 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Alex Dmitruk is inspiring because she beats to the tune of her own drum and is not afraid to be her authentic self. Alex puts her heart and soul into everything she does. She is a loyal caring person and thrives learning new things and having new experiences. She has a passion for the arts and works to develop her talent in dance. She is a creator and I love watching her grow.
What would you most like to be interviewed about? I am a dedicated dancer and consider my studio my dance family. I’ve been dancing since I was two years old, and was initially placed in dance class because I was very shy. I’m so thankful for everything dance has done for me. I am very appreciative of the arts and dance is only one of my interests. I also love drawing, painting, design, and fashion. I love being creative!
What types of dances do you study and which do you love the most? Why? I study ballet, contemporary, tap, jazz, Hawaiian, kickline, and modern. I love to mix contemporary and modern together through improvisation as I feel I can fully express myself because I can experiment with combining new moves, my mood, and some cool music.
What is a favorite memory and/or accomplishment from dance? My favorite memories from dance are ones that created the bonds I have with my dance family. My favorite accomplishment from dance is beginning pointe classes and achieving both regional and national champions with my team! What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? Even though I was shy when I was younger, I have grown into an independent person that is not afraid to be me. I do not partake in gossip and I’m on with not being mainstream. I am assertive and will stand up for what I believe in while still being compassionate towards others and their opinions. I have two younger brothers that look up to me. I love my family. I’ve also started to teach dance to young girls in my neighborhood. Their studio closed during covid and what started as a garage class of two has grown to 4 or 5 girls weekly. It is so fun, and I love teaching an art that I love myself.
What types of dances are you teaching in your garage? I am currently teaching the basics of tap and jazz, while encouraging a good balance of both having fun and improving my students’ technique. We love playing games that I secretly infuse with developmental coordination both mentally and physically!
What do you both love and find challenging with this type of leadership? Although it can be challenging to accommodate to the different ages I teach with challenge level, I love spreading my love and joy of dance to another generation of kids. Sometimes it can be difficult to control the little munchkins, but I know they enjoy and that is what matters to me! Plus, I’ve learned teaching tips throughout my life from my mom, and my lovely dance teacher Joyce Dalton who sprouted and nurtured my love for dance.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? Honestly, it would probably be symbolism in art or literature, although I’m not sure how many of my peers would be interested. Art mimics life, and there's so much to discover.
Look for Alex in issue 48 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!