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Jazzy & Amy - The Interview

Written by J LA (Runique) on 12 March 2007

Image Read the latest interview of the world wide known salsa performers Jazzy & Amy from Norway. Get to know how Jazzy & Amy got together. How they start to dance. Take the advices of how to impove your salsa skills and many many more.

Quick info

Salsa dancer, choreographer, teacher
Age: 27
Place of birth: Guatemala
Origin: 1/4 German, 1/4 African, 1/4 Spanish, 1/4 Gipsy

Amy Tuarez
Salsa dancer, choreographer, teacher
Age: 23
Place of Birth: Equador

jazzy & amy salsa choreographers
DancerZone: Jazzy, tell us how, when and where did you start to dance?

Jazzy: Well, I‘ll tell you the short story. In my family everybody do art. They paint, sing, dance, play instruments, just something. My father is an actor. My mum is a ballet dancer. So my mother and my dad met in a musical. They did the audition, they got in and they made me by stage. Actually backstage. And here I am. *Jazzy loughs“. So when I was younger I didn‘t want to dance. On birthsday parties everyone was dancing, only me was sitting in the corner. If someone tried to push me to the dance floor I cried. But, sometimes I went to my room, put the radio on and danced. I just didn‘t like somebody watching me dance. One day I was dancing in my room and I forgot to lock the door. So my mum came in and saw me dance. „You son of a **BEEEEEP** come here“ she said. She pulled me right away to a dance school. So I started to dance ith Jazz, Classical Ballet, Modern-Dance, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha and Mambo. So my mum took me every day from my regular school right away to the dance school. All the kids of my age were playing around outside and I had to dance inside the studio. But I liked it! Later on I stopped taking so much classes and started to practise by myself. I came home after school threw the books in the corner and went to the dance studio until my parents picked me up in the late evening.

DancerZone: And Amy, how did you start to dance?

Amy Tuarez: I started to dance in New York when I was about thirteen. I was working as cashier at a supermarket. And coming home late one day, there was a dance studio right around the corner. I heared salsa music playing. I stopped there and there was a salsa social. I was watching them dance and I was like wow! I thought you know what, I want to do this. But the really beginning was when I was five or six years old. I have been doing tap dance, jazz and ballet. I was doing that for couple years. Then money problems come in, my younger brother was born, so my mum took me out of the dance school. So whe I started to earn my own money I started to take dance classes again.

DancerZone: And when did you start with salsa exactly?

Jazzy: It was at the age of 6 or 7. My partner was my sister, but my first dance show was with my mum.

DancerZone: Amy, have you been lucky like Jazzy, having all that support of your family?

Amy Tuarez: Well Jazzy was luckier in that sence. He had a family which supported it. Comming of a latin family, living in New York it‘s really hard to make money out of dance. If you want to be a dancer in New York it means you going to be poor. Unless you are one of the people who started to dance right from the beginning, like for example „Santo Rico“ or „Yamulee“ (salsa dance groups in New York). My family we had not much money. I could go to all that classes to all that dance schools. I had to go to the regular school, worrying about rasing my brother, helping out my father.
So that‘s why I‘m very happy to work with Jazzy. Now I‘m able to do the Rumba, the Jazz, the Ballet, the Modern-Dance.

DancerZone: Amy, how did you meet Jazzy?

Amy Tuarez: Actually it starts all when I saw him dancing at Los Angeles Salsa Congress als year. He was performing there. He walked on stage and I was like - what is this guy going to do? Who dances in Norway!? Nobody dances in Norway! Allright let‘s give him a chance. He started break out his great moves. You know - Rumba, Latin Jazz, Ballet, everything and I was like WOW. That‘s  what I want to do. I said, I want to dance with this guy! We met later on on the dance floor and had some social dancing. It was a great dance and we felt that really good chemistry. And Jazzy said, „hey you want to come to Norway and be my dance partner!?“  And thought - Dude why not! *Amy loughs*. It‘s been the best ride ever. We‘ve worked together very well. He is freaking genious!

jazzy & amy salsa teacherDancerZone: Jazzy tell us how did you make it possible to make you both work together?

Jazzy: Actually at that time I had no partner. I broke up with my last partner before. That‘s why I was doing solos. I did two or three salsa congresses with my solo show. And I was looking for a dance partner. I knew that if I going to have a new dance partner, she has to be able to work well and practice hard. You really need to train every day, you have to be in that special touch. I knew it‘s going to be difficult. There was nobody in Norway and who wants to work in Norway!? „Obviosly me!“ Amy smiles. Yeh, Amy got a good offer of my company SALSA KOMPANIET. We were paying the first months of stay, with appartment and all inclusive. My company fixed the paper work for her work permission. So she grabed her bag and came all the way from New York to Norway to work with me and with the best salsa company in Norway. My salsa company.

DancerZone: Amy, did you have to change a make a career with Jazzy?

Amy Tuarez: Yes! Everything completely, from your diet, the way you dress, the way you act in public. People think, o je you just dance. But it‘s not. It‘s everything, it‘s your image.

DancerZone: Is there any advice you guys would like to give to improve ones dance skills?

Jazzy: Feeling and passion is very important. It‘s not about beeing technically perfect. As long you don‘t feel you will never be a great, great dancer. You can‘t really teach someone to feel. I can recommend watching people dance and try to feel what this person dancing feels at that moment. You can see it by the way he moves, by his facial expression. It‘s important to let yourself inspire. You can watch millions of dancers or dance videos, but if you‘re not open to be inspired you will never get all that feelings.

DancerZone: How often do you guys practice together?

Jazzy: In avarage we practice three days in a week. And we practise maximal two hours a day. Our philosphy is quality not quanity. We go in the studio with full concentration and practice very efficiently.

DancerZone: How do you guys prepare yourselves for your shows beside of the dance practice?

Jazzy: Week before I do my diets, do not drink to much and not smoke to much. You need to be carefull with those things. The day before the show I don‘t have sex. I do push-ups, sit-ups, stretching.

DancerZone: Are you guys still nervous when you go on stage?

Jazzy: No, it‘s more we‘re exited. We feel high. We just feel let‘s go there, we want to do it. Actually   I have done so many shows in my life, so you get really used to it. It just gets to be like a drug.
You know, when the day comes when there is no positiv nervousness, no fun, no exitement any more, that day I‘m going to quit. 

DancerZone: What goals do you guys have for the next three to five years?

Jazzy: For my salsa company in Norway is to get over one thousend students. Open three more schools. I have six places where we teach now. So I want to open another three places. Contract more instructors and get a better dance team. For myself, I want to do my best. Cos I know after five years I will stop and retire. So what I want to do, i want to leave my mark. Like a stamp. My signature. So people remember me in the next fifty years. If there is goingt to be  a salsa book I want to have my name in that salsa book.

jazzy & amy salsa dancersDancerZone: What about you Amy?

Amy Tuarez: I always wanted to work in a dance school, to performe, so that‘s what I‘m doing now with Jazzy. I know I‘m pretty young. I lived hard life. So I feel pretty old. *Amy smiles* I want to do the same thing for the next three to five years. But I do want to settle down, get married, have my family, push out some kids, live the family life.

DancerZone: So you might going to search your man for life in Norway?

Amy Tuarez: It‘s actually not the first thing on my mind. If it comes, it comes, if it doesn‘t, it doesn‘t. Right now my big focus is my career, my training, our school, our show team. That‘s my main focus right now. I‘m very single! by the way. *Amy smiles*

DancerZone: There is a big hipe, everybody brings his own instructional dance DVD. So you guys going to have one, too?

Amy Tuarez: Yes, Jazzy has some instructional dance DVD‘s which he has done with his past dance partners. But we have some partnering DVD‘s in the work. We just started to work since four months, so we still working on developing our partnership. So give us just a little more time.

DancerZone: Amy, what do you thing about having a spot all people who love to dance can meet?

Amy Tuarez: I think it‘s awsome! It‘s great to have a place like DancerZone. Where we dancers can come in and say - hey look what‘s going on in this world and what is going on in this world!?
Sometimes dancers have the tendency to close to themselves and just salsa dancers, just hip-hop dancers, just break dancers, just ballet dancers or just jazz dancers. To see a place where dancers can come together and not just be a particular dancer, but general dancer and share your experience. To see that we all have the same stories.

DancerZone: So we getting to the end of our interview. You can say what ever you want. If you like to thank someone, just go for it.

Amy Tuarez: Well, I want to thank everybody who has been in my life and helped me to get there where I am today. I want to thank Jazzy for giving me the opportunity to work with him and travel with him. Shout out to my people in New York. Also I want to say a special tribute to a friend of my. I found out couple of days a go, David Melendez, very important member of salsa community, passed away in February. We love you David. We know you are here with us. You put up a good fight! And we will never forget you.

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Last Updated on 14 March 2007.
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