What an honor and privilege it is to have an interview with the beautiful and talented Alexie Agdeppa!! A seasoned dancer/choreographer who has performed all over the world, Alexie is seen on “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 7 top 11 finalists. We just absolutely adore her energy and spunk…which totally pours into her dancing. So without further ado get to know Alexie Agdeppa…
Where were you born?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles.
and Where do you currently reside?
I currently reside in Los Angeles.
So what exactly is your ethnicity?
I am full Filipina.
And what a beautiful Filipina you are!
How would your friends describe you?
My friends would describe me as optimistic, spunky, always in for a good laugh and adventure.
We can totally see that spunkiness in your dancing!
What kind of things do you do for fun?
I love spending time with my family, my boyfriend, my friends and my dogs, trying out new restaurants, going to museums and art exhibits, I’ve dabbled in photography and painting and would like to get into that more. I’m addicted to traveling.
You are definitely an adventurous person! We looove traveling as well.
So how long have you been dancing?
I have been dancing for 23 years!
Oh WOW!! That is incredible…your commitment is amazing.
Besides dancing, what other things are you involved in within the entertainment industry?
Besides dancing, I choreograph, teach, and adjudicate. I’ve always had a foot in acting – presently I’m taking the whole plunge.
We cant wait to see you on the big screen! We know it is coming!
When did you realize you wanted a career in dance?
Dance has always been a part of my life. I competed when I was younger, started dancing in the entertainment industry at the age of 7. I graduated from UCLA with a degree in World Arts and Cultures with an emphasis in Dance and Choreography. I’d still audition, teach, and perform here and there, but I didn’t really realize this is what I wanted to do for a living until after college when I worked at a desk job for a year and a half. I come from a Filipino household where my parents are firm believers that dance is not a “real job”. They moved to the US from the Philippines where they practically didn’t have anything growing up, and they wanted to make sure their children were financially stable in their careers. After the desk job I really realized, dance is what I love, life is too short to not be doing what I love. In the end I know as long as I’m happy (and I can pay my bills) my parents would be happy for me as well.
What a testament to how our callings and dreams CAN and DO come true! And I am sure your parents are extremely supportive now and see dancing as a “real job.”
How would you define or describe the art of dance?
Kind of corny but honestly the Art of Dance, to me, is gratitude to the gift of life.
That is absolutely beautiful! So poetic and original!
What is your favorite style of dance?Why?
I think I have two; to do and to choreograph, I love contemporary/lyrical. To watch and to “try” to do (haha! wish I could do it better), Hip-hop. I love Hip-hop music and culture. They are both emotionally liberating, and yet they keep me grounded at the same time. Through both styles I feel as though I’m able to live and be my full creative self.
As a dancer and choreographer who or what inspires your work?
Life. I draw inspiration from the smallest things like getting out of bed in the morning, hearing a song I’d like to dance/choreograph to while on my drive to the grocery store, to talking to friends about love.
What would you say has been the biggest moment of your career so far?
I would have to say getting to be in the Top 11 for SYTYCD Season 7 has been the biggest moment of my career so far. I’d been blessed with many opportunities in my dance career but I worked really hard to get on the show and persevered when people told me I couldn’t, I shouldn’t, and I wouldn’t. It kind of felt good to prove them wrong.
You were amazing on SYTYCD! It is its own reward to triumph when people say you can’t or won’t.
Tell us some of the artists and other industry professionals you have danced for?
I’ve danced on commercials and industrials for Cannon, Disney, Payless, SABAN, JC Penny, Nissan, Nordstroms, and Reebok; music videos for artists such as Prince, Nelly Furtado, Charice Pempengco, Macy Gray, and the Pussycat Dolls. On film and television, the 64th Academy Awards choreographed by Debbie Allen, the Emmy Award-nominated 82nd Academy Awards choreographed and produced by Adam Shankman, and “America’s Got Talent” with creative director Brian Friedman. Guest appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Call with Carson Daly,” and “Entourage” when I represented the LA Lakers as a LA Laker Girl during 2003-2005 seasons. And as a young performer I had featured roles in the video series “Guidepost Junction” and “Kid’s Songs.” As Grace, a series regular, on a television series called “The Huggabug Club” which starred the Landers sisters.
You are an incredibly accomplished woman. We can only anticipate with excitement how bright your career will be.
While on “So You Think You can Dance” what was your favorite dance performance?
While on the show my favorite dance performance was when we did the introduction of the Top 11 opening number with the All-Stars to David Bowie’s “Fame” choreographed by Wade Robson. Not only do I think Wade is brilliant but the energy between all of us was unlike anything I could describe or anything that could ever be duplicated. It was like everything had come out of this dream-like state and we had come into the present. I remember thinking “This is really happening! Aaaahhh!”.
That is so amazing! Wade Robson is so talented and it must have been so mind-blowing to work with him! Definitely a gift to the entertainment world.
What has been the most memorable experience in your professional career?
I’ve been lucky enough to have many memorable experiences, but one that stands out the most is when I got to perform in the 82nd Academy Awards for the opening number. I didn’t dance much but I got to sit in a prop seat right next to Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, some of my favorite performers of all time! I got to meet and talk to them doing what I love, performing and dancing.
Thats crazy awesome!!
With you being such an accomplished performer we have to ask, what are your future goals and aspirations in your career as a dancer and choreographer?
Some of my future goals in my dance career include dancing on film. Honestly, I just hope to be doing exactly what I have been doing, continuously working. I’m excited for all the wonderful opportunities that may come up. As a choreographer an ideal goal would be to be a choreographer/artistic director for an artist or a show. I would also love to own my dance studio(s), competitions, conventions, and maybe start a foundation offering dance classes to kids whose parents can’t afford to pay for classes.
Maybe you can connect with some of the burgeoning artists we feature and become their choreographer. That would be awesome. We are confident that you can and will achieve everything you set your mind to.
When do you think you can say “I have made it, I have arrived.” in terms of success?
I know I can always say, “I am happy, I’m content, with where I am right now” but I don’t think I could ever say, “I am satisfied”. There’s always going to be something new I want to accomplish.
Any performances currently in the works that you can share with us?
Right now, I’m concentrating on choreographing, teaching, and acting class.
Where can our readers go online to stay up to date with your career?
Just launched my new website www.alexieagdeppa.com! Check out my latest updates, follow me on twitter and facebook, or read my blog.
What words of advice to do you have for people dreaming of becoming a dancer or choreographer like yourself?
Continue training, continue learning, as an artist, in any art form, there are no limits, you can always get better, there’s always something to learn, you are always growing and evolving. I’ve always loved the quote if you do what you love, you will never have to work a day in your life. Always remember, there’s a reason you have dreams – to make them true.
You have such a beautiful heart with amazing talent. We are so grateful for the opportunity to have done this interview with you. We look forward to seeing more of your performances in the world of entertainment. Thank you so much for sharing with us and encouraging our readers to always follow their dreams and fight to make them come true!
To our readers, thank you for all of your continued support and make sure to check out the lovely Alexie on her website and some of our favorite performances by her right here. Stay tuned as our interviews just keep getting better!!!