Alexandria Esquibel - Texas Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination by Jennifer Gonzalez Photography by J&A Infinity Photography Issue 25 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Alexandria Esquibel is an inspiring teen in many ways. She is a big sister and role model to her four little siblings, an awesome student, an amazing dancer, and beyond focused in everything she sets goals for. Alexandria is a Lieutenant in the Varsity Dance Team at Brandeis High School. She not only is a part of this special team, but she is also a member of the Ballet Company at Brandeis High School as well. She inspires her dancers to strive to be their best and to always have a positive attitude. I couldn’t be prouder of my inspiring teen and all her hard work she has accomplished at the age of seventeen.
Tell us about your dance history. How long have you been dancing? I started dancing at four years old. I was inspired by the movie, “Shall We Dance” which is based on Ballroom dances. I self-taught all the dance routines throughout the movie. It wasn’t until 4th grade that I joined Arthur Murray Dance studio which was solely Ballroom dance. I loved it but unfortunately couldn’t continue because my Mom had to start working on Saturdays, which was when the classes were. I then joined Chrissy’s Dance Academy in sixth grade and stayed with this company until sophomore year of high school which was when I made the Dance Team at Brandeis.
What is your favorite style of dance and why? My favorite dance style is Hip Hop because it is the style that I show most of my personality and facials in. While dancing hip hop, I can show off my girly sassy side and my ‘don’t mess with me’ side which my teammates would call it “The Eyebrow”. It is when I raise my right eyebrow with a piercing stare. My personality shines during my hip hop routines.
What is it like being a part of the Brandeis spirit organization? Being a part of Brandeis Spirit Organization is like being at a big family reunion, except it’s every day for me. Any school event, pep rally, football game, or any sport game is when all of Spirit comes together. We all have a role and play a part to keep our organization a welcoming and respectful environment. Being a part of the organization has shaped me into being the person I am today. In the Spirit Organization there are a lot of rules to follow. We have our rules, because we’ve been taught that we are we are not only representing ourselves but also, we are the representation of Brandeis high school.
What is so special about your family? Tell us about them and why they mean so much to you! My family is special because they are my number one fans. There is not one game, performance, and/or event I could think of that none of them were there to support me. Every time I look into the audience and see my mom, stepdad, dad, grandma, and all my siblings faces, my heart warms up. I know I’m very grateful to have a family that understands and motivates me to be better. Not everyone has that, and I wish they did. My family is my life. I am aware that I wouldn’t be who I am today or where I am today if it wasn’t for them. I am proud to be a part of my crazy fun loud family.
If you were not dancing, what do you think you would be doing and why? If I hadn’t pursued dancing. I would probably would have pursued sports. During my dancing life, I was also a volleyball player for the YMCA. I was a part of this sports organization for three seasons. I didn’t continue playing because unfortunately when I tried out for my middle school team, I ended up not making it and was slightly discouraged. I did enjoy volleyball and now play any chance I get.
Alexandria will be featured in Issue 25 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!