ERIN WEARS G-HAWK
1. Think Big: Share your dream in 50 words or less.
Ultimately I want to make a positive impact on the
world by using the arts, particularly dance, to show
everyone how beautiful the world can be, and how we
are all connected!
2. What did your mom think you would be?
My Mom thought I would be an artist because I had an
intense interest in it at a very young age; my coloring
books had a lot of detail and interpretation, and I
always made up stories to go with them. I came from a
family of engineers and scientists, and I always felt a
little guilty for not taking that path.Mom told me "Erin, it's
the engineers and the doctors and lawyers that keep the
world in order, but it's the artists that make life
worth living." My brother is an engineer, so she got one
of each. :)
3. When people say “you can’t do that”, how do you respond?
In an odd way, I'm driven by a challenge. I get down
on myself for about a day, and then it hits me that the only
person who has the right to say I'm not capable of
something.... is me!
4. Why do you do what you do?
There are many reasons I dance! It makes me
feel good about life. It's a very cathartic experience,
and an avenue of connectivity with others. It helps me
know who I am.
5. What has been the best moment and the worst moment so far?
The absolute best moment I have had dancing was
performing for the King of the Dogomba tribe in
Tamale. The absolute worst moment was waking up one
morning and not being able to move; I had a back injury
that progressed so far I got out of bed and just collapsed! I
thought I was paralyzed and it was terrifying.
6. Three trips I’d like to take.
Going back to Africa. I think of Ghana often and miss all of
my friends and wonderful people I met there.
Ireland. To be honest, I'm not sure what part of Ireland
my family is from.I'm mixed with a variety of Northern
European cultures, so when I asked I pretty much say that I
descended from Vikings and Druids and I was
raised by hippies. :)
Australia, I would love to go to Melbourne. That is where
the International Institute of Dance Therapy is, and I like
kangaroos! When I was a kid, I wanted to be a
kangaroo when I grew up. Guess dancing was
the closest I could get.