Being a professional dancer is more than getting to work with stars, and Delaney Glazer @deeglazer knows that better than anyone. Having worked with legends like Justin Bieber and Chris Brown, it took her some time and a lot of work to be where she is now.
Besides the huge efforts and insane hours of workouts, she is “forever grateful to continue living that dream” that dancing is to her. She has been dancing since she was three years old and she has been following her dreams ever since, and nothing will ever stop her!
“I don’t know how to explain it other than that is what I was put on this earth to do. Dance is my gift.”Delaney Glazer
Q: First of all, I wanted to express my admiration for you, I absolutely adore everything you do. I remember the first time I saw you dancing, it was the Trini Dem Girls choreography by Tricia Miranda on YouTube six years ago, and I was completely fascinated by your moves. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself for those who might not know you?
A: Hi! That class you are talking about was one of my favorites! I remember I wore my hair in a high ponytail the entire class, and right before Tricia called me out in the group to be filmed she asked me if I had my hat with me! I guess my signature look really was a vibe.
I am from St. Louis Missouri and I have been dancing since I was three years old. It is completely my passion and I am so grateful for the incredible opportunities that have come into my life because of dance. I am truly blessed with all these experiences but I do have to say, I work really hard on my art and I’ve been focusing on my career for as long as I can remember! I chose to pursue my craft at a young age so I definitely had to miss out on some parties, etc. but for where I am now, it was most definitely worth it.
Q: Was being a professional dancer always your main goal in life or did you have other options in mind if it didn’t turn out well? How was your first experience with dancing?
A: Being a professional dancer was always my dream, and I’m forever grateful to continue living that dream! I never made a plan B if dance didn’t “work out.” I poured my heart and soul into my craft and just manifested every part of it and never gave up, and I will never give up. As I am growing I am also finding new hobbies and passions like learning how to DJ, and diving into the fashion world with my merch line “Focus On The Good”. My first experience with dance was very dramatic. I told my mom I wanted to take dance. I walked in and got scared, balled my eyes out, and we went home. Several months later I told her I wanted to take dance again and she said, “You were so scared remember,” and I said, “I was little mom and I’m a big girl now.” My mom smiled because she didn’t want to tell me that I was the same age, I was three the first time and I was three and a half the second time.
Q: On the same note, working as a professional dancer must be really physically demanding. How many hours a day do you work out or how exactly do you keep up with your job?
A: My job is a work out in itself! I feel like I am never not dancing. If i’m not taking class, teaching a class, or in rehearsals then I am constantly freestyling. If you saw my Instagram you’d see how often I do freestyle, I post a lot of those there. Dancers are athletes. I try to get enough sleep every night and eat a substantial diet with the occasional Taco Bell run with my friends on the weekend. Self discipline is definitely the key in this complex career but I make sure to live my life to the fullest on my off days.
Q: You have worked with Chris Brown and Justin Bieber in their tours and music videos. How did you live those incredible experiences? Do you enjoy tour life?
A: Working with Justin Bieber and Chris Brown was insane! I can barely put into words how exhilarating those experiences were. The coolest part is always performing on Tours with a live audience. The best moments on stage are when my family and friends get to be in the crowd in any city. But when the tours come through to my own hometown and I walk out on the stage I feel I know entire audience and my heart gets so full. It’s an overwhelming bliss that I feel anytime those shows happen! The training on these jobs are also super important to me. These tours changed me as a performer and a dancer. Being on stage with such incredible talent is super inspiring.
Q: From working with stars to teaching your own choreographies, creating them, or performing, which would you say is your favorite part about your job?
A: I teach and choreograph but I will forever remain a student. I love to create and make up my own magic! There are endless moves to make so sometimes it gets a bit overwhelming for me because I cannot settle on how to start a combo! I always figure it out though. Taking class and being in rehearsal will always be my favorite. Learning fuels my soul! There are so many amazing creators on this planet and its awesome feeling else’s someones vibe and energy and seeing how they would move to a song.
Q: What motivates you on a daily basis or what encourages you to keep pushing yourself to do what you do?
A: What motivates me on a daily basis beside my own personal work ethic, are my supporters. Support from my family and friends who are forever proud and have been there for me in every step of my journey, to my followers on social media who’s comments and messages make me smile on the daily. Comments that tell me I inspire keep me eager to continue working on bettering myself so I can bring even more fire to the dance floor and to share on Social Media!
Q: On the other hand, I am sure there’s a personal connection with dancing because there’s passion in your moves and it’s clear you love what you do. What does dancing mean to you?
A: A bird flies, a fish swims, and I dance. I don’t know how to explain it other than that is what I was put on this earth to do. Dance is my gift that I give to myself and if it makes anyone else happy to watch me dance then it’s a double win.
Q: What other ambitions do you have in life? What’s on your to-do list right now?
A: On my to-Do-List- right now, Is to enjoy the present moment. I have goals of buying a dream home and having a family, but for right now I am on only focusing on being 24. There have been times in my life where I think about the future way too much by putting too much pressure on myself to one up the last job I did or last thing I created. Im learning how to being content in what I have now before its gone!
Q: If you had to name three things you couldn’t live without, what would you name?
A: If I had to name three things I couldn’t live without they would be, family, music, and spray tans.
Q: I didn’t wanna finish this interview without talking about your amazing style. How do you create such good outfits?
A: My style comes from being comfortable with who I am. I really just wear what I think is cool and rock it with confidence. I’ve learned a lot about fashion from my mother, stylist’s on shoots, and my own personal opinion on what is fly.
Q: For the final question I always like to ask professionals about what would they recommend to any of our readers who want to pursue a creative career, whether it’s acting, design, or in your case dancing. Creative careers are really complicated but also the most exciting. What would you say to those who might be reading this right now that want to pursue a creative career but can’t find the courage to do it? What do they need to know about this industry?
A: If you’re reading this, it’s not too late. This is your sign that you can do it. The dance industry is constantly evolving. You need to evolve with it! Continue to train at the studios in your hometown, freestyle in your bedroom like no one is watching every single day, and tap in to the online classes that are available now with social media. Work on being the best you that you can be and don’t worry about being the BEST one in the class. What’s for you will come, as long as you manifest and do the work! You got this.
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