Audrey interviews YAS2 Grassroots winner Amanda Hofmann

6 Mar

1. What was your favorite part of YAS?

            My favorite part of YAS was getting to watch all the different works created by the other choreographers. It was so intriguing to me to be able to see everyone’s individual perspectives on each challenge and how they approached it. I was astonished and inspired by the wide variety of interpretation found within each structured challenge.

2. How have your two seasons with YAS changed you?

            The two seasons I have been with YAS have changed me in many ways. The YAS has changed my perspectives not only on choreography but also on myself. Getting to express myself through the YAS was a great experience and it has really helped me connect with who I am as an artist, along with gaining a better understanding of myself and my own personal style.

3.  What was the most challenging part of being a YASer?

            For me personally, the hardest part of the YAS was punctuality and working with other skaters. Before the YAS, the only person I had ever choreographed for was myself. Being placed in challenges where I was required to use other skaters seemed easy at first but then I realized how challenging it was to work with other skaters and find their individual strengths and weaknesses. The other thing that I found difficult was getting all of my challenges done before the deadline! At first I waited with all of my challenges until the last minute because I didn’t want to rush the creative process… I soon learned that my strategy wasn’t as effective as I thought it would be. I had to learn how to work with time constraints which, as I now understand, are a really important part of being a choreographer. 

4.  What tips do you have for YAS ers?

            My biggest tip to future YAS ers is to follow your gut instinct and never be afraid to step outside of the box. No matter what type of choreography you are doing, always perform it the fullest. You never want to hold back and what ever ideas come to mind; follow them. The one thing you always have to remember is that everyone has their own unique style and all of them are great, all you have to do is find it!

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