Sydney based dancer, choreographer and founder of Infinite Dance Co., Braeden Lee encourages us to dance – “truth is it doesn’t matter what you look like or what anyone else thinks, as long as it feels good to you.”
What excites you the most about dancing? Knowing that no matter what happens in my career or life, I’m doing what I love.
That must be a good feeling. Have you ever thought about possibly taking a different track in life? Not really, I stuck with dancing simply because I love it.
What do you think it is it about dancing that made you love it so much? That is a hard question. I guess I dance because it brings me joy, pushes me to learn more about the art and also about myself. It has also taught me to test my limits, to be okay with being different and to appreciate what I have.
Do you think that everyone can dance? Yes, if they relax and just let themselves move. Most people that say “I can’t dance” are simply too worried about the opinions of others. Truth is it doesn’t matter what you look like or what anyone else thinks, as long as it feels good to you.
True. So, do you think you dance best in front of others or alone? I think I dance and create best when I am alone but “perform” best in front of others.
Where are some favourite places to dance? Depending on what genre I am dancing it could be in a studio, on a stage, or outdoors where there are no mirrors and it enables you to really feel the movement.
And you practice so many dance styles, but is there one that you particularly like? I enjoy variety but I guess if I had to choose one it would be hip-hop. Not just the dance style but also the culture that comes with it.
Do you have any advice for somebody who wants to be more active? Try a bunch of different things, swimming, running, yoga, tennis, or a ballet class. You won’t know until you try, so just do it!
What about you, besides dancing, are there other movement forms that you like and do? I practice a wide variety of forms including, capoeira, yoga and acrobatics.
And something else you have is the gift of choreographing. Choreographing is like painting a picture. Starting with a blank canvas you can create a work of art that triggers emotions in the audience and also sends a message. Actions speak louder than words.
Are there any particular words you live by? One phrase that I have always believed in is, “Dream as to live forever. Live as to die tomorrow. Dance until the music stops and never ever give up.” Basically don’t be afraid to take risks (that’s how we learn). See something through until the end and don’t give up on your dreams.
Interview by Anna Freeman & Samantha Fisher