15 Questions with our last newbie Melissa Wong

Meet Melissa

n547380445_1987688_10171.    What year are you at NYU & what is your major (if you have one)?
Freshman in Liberal Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

2.    Where are you from?
Miami, FL

3.    How long have you been dancing?
Since I was wee little (age 3).

4.    What was the worst part about Tryouts?
The second day of clinics where I rehearsed until 2 am and then woke up at 6 am for the audition. I hadn’t done that in a little while!

5.    What was the best part about Tryouts?
Performing in front of the panel of judges.

6.    Do you have any special talents?
I’ve trained with a ballet company since I was 3, so I’m partial to technique, flexibility, precision, stage presence, and dancing gracefully.

7.    How would your friends describe you?
Optimistic, friendly, driven, too organized, happy, and, oftentimes, I’m told, cute.

8.    When is your birthday?
April 28, 1991

9.    What is your favorite section in Tryouts (jazz, pom, or hip hop) & why?
Jazz. My strengths are in technique so it was the most comfortable for me.

10.    What is your favorite style of dance?
Lyrical, contemporary, and ballet.

11.    Why do you love to dance?
Since I was 3, dancing has always been part of my life: the classes, the rehearsals, and the performances. In high school when I joined the dance team, the girls and my coach became my second family and I couldn’t imagine what those 4 years would have been like without all of the great times we had during everyday practices, 8-hour rehearsals, state and national competitions, and all the time we spent together. When it seems like everything around me is changing, dance is something that is always constant. Through dance I’ve discovered so much about myself not only as a dancer, but also as a person. I wouldn’t be me without it.

12.    What would people be surprised to know about you?
My family and I like to eat ice cream or frozen yogurt when it’s really cold outside, which makes no sense since we’re from Miami.

13.    What is your favorite quote?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

14.    How did you feel when you got the phone call from the team telling you that you made the squad?
I was in the shower and ran out when I heard my phone ring!  At first I was sad because it seemed like I didn’t make it, but when I heard I had made it I was so happy and couldn’t wait to tell my family when they got here for parents weekend (after I cleaned up the water I dripped everywhere).

15.    Are you excited to have made the ’09-’10 Team!?
Of course!

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