Rising star Eleonora Cali has been dancing since the age of 7 and is proficient in a number of styles. Her talent has been recognised by many esteemed professionals in the performing industry, including Shane Sparks, and she has just completed an excellent experience in Los Angeles under the tuition of Chuck Mondaldo, Brinn, David Moore, Kenya Clay and many others at the Millenium Dance Complex. Check out what she’s been up to!
Who is Eleonora in the eyes of Eleonora?
I would describe myself as a very determined and motivated person. I’m an optimist rather than a pessimist, but I’m also a realist and I cope well when the going gets tough. I’m a hardworking and ambitious girl. Never afraid of challenges. A creative, sensitive and caring person.
Billy Elliot had been asked, ‘What does it feel like when you’re dancing?’ How would you answer this?
It feels like I’m in another world where I’m speaking a different language with my body and expressing my emotions and feelings.
What is your earliest memory of dancing?
My earliest memory is when I was 7. I had a show in Baystreet with one of my best friends, and she didn’t show up for the dance and I basically had to dance alone.
Your training has taken you to Italy and New York. What have you learnt from your travels and where else would you like to take your work?
I’ve learnt that you have to believe in yourself and never give up! When I was in Los Angeles, I was present for an audition for Gwen Stefani. I was waiting between classes and I didn’t take part in the audition, but it was something fantastic to experience. Any opportunity that will come through, I will go for it.
Who inspires you?
An 8 year old boy who’s name is Adrian Prince and who is a very good hip hop dancer. I used to watch him dance on Youtube and all of a sudden while I was waiting for class at Millenium Dance Complex, I saw him walking in!
You’ve trained in a number of styles, including hip hop, jazz and modern dance. Would you say that their vocabulary overlaps, and if so, does this assist you as a dancer?
Not really. Jazz and modern are all about lines and pointed feet. Hip hop is the opposite. You just have to flow with the music and groove.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
I would like to be living abroad, dancing and teaching! I want to make the most of my life, meeting new people, professional dancers and teachers.