We had the good fortune of connecting with Yainer Ariza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yainer, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks is one of the most important tools to utilize in a creative career like dance. If we don’t take risks I don’t believe we can jump to higher levels and we wouldn’t find out all that we are capable of. Risk has been principal to my career advancement. You take risks but then need to work very hard so that it turns out well.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In the moment of dance I have an intense strength, speed, and sharpness which comes from a battery charge I am always holding. All the challenges in my life and in others that effect me and my country, all that I want to speak about, comes through in my dance. The charge is all the thoughts and words, and I release it through movement.
I am very proud of making the choice to focus my life on a dance and continuing to make risks everyday to move forward. In creatives fields there are never any guarantees or comfortable settling in. We always need to push ourselves to advance.
I have learned that it is important to be surrounded by motivated people who inspire me and push me to grow.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love to cook at home, so I would bring food and do a picnic in the mountains, and then relax, drink wine at Malibu beach until sunset.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to Lobadys Perez, Director of Periferia Dance Compoany in Cartagena Colombia. He made me realize my potential and helped guide the beginning of my professional dance journey.
The love of my mother has always been a secure base and source of strength for me. She has always supported my decisions and the path I have taken.