Thursday, March 20, 2008

Shimmy Exclusive Interview

Sabra Johnson

Photos: Tania Gressell

Shimmy: How has life changed for you after doing SYTYCD?

Sabra Johnson: My life has changed drastically! I'm so lucky because I get to dance all the time and not have to worry about not being able to afford it. I get to travel and teach and meet dancers from all over, and just share what we do together.

Shimmy: The best thing about being on SYTYCD was_________________.

Sabra Johnson: The best thing was the challenge.

Shimmy: What have you been doing these past few months?

Sabra Johnson: I do a convention on the weekends and travel all the time. I teach at different studios occasionally and pretty soon I'm going to start auditioning. I think I spend most of my time on airplanes.

Shimmy: Tell us about NYCDA.

Sabra Johnson: NYCDA is an amazing convention. I have a lot of respect for it and it's morals. The teachers and people are wonderful. I am an assistant so I get to take all the classes and basically learn just like everybody else. I couldn't ask for a better weekend 'job'.

Shimmy: What is your dream role?

Sabra Johnson: My dream role? I'm going to have to say any part in Chicago.

Shimmy: Is there any different dance genre that you'd love to try?

Sabra Johnson: I would love to be able to do Argentine Tango.

Shimmy: What inspires you to dance?

Sabra Johnson: Anybody I see that loves what they do and really is able to project that through all types of movement.

Shimmy: What dancers give you chills?

Sabra Johnson: Jaimie Goodwin, Roderick George, Danny Tidwell, Jillian Meyers, Tony Testa and plenty of other insane people that I don't even know.

Shimmy: Do you have any rituals before performing?

Sabra Johnson: No, I'm to nervous to actually do anything

Shimmy: If you had to trade places with one person for 24 hours who would it be?

Sabra Johnson: Dane Cook or Ellen Degeneres. I want to know what it's like to be that funny

Shimmy: 3 things you cannot live without.

Sabra Johnson: Chapstick, dessert, music

Shimmy: What is on your ipod?

Sabra Johnson: Snow Patrol, Natasha Beddingfield, Ben Harper, Lauryn Hill, and Hanson.

Shimmy: If in 10 years you are not dancing, what might you be doing instead?

Sabra Johnson: I will probably be do something else artistic or be a beach bum.

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