Dance Spotlight – Anais Harvey

Photo by Salvattore Olivares

Anais Harvey is featured in this edition of Dance Spotlight! She lives in Dallas/Fort-Worth and was nominated by Ember Lewis. She serves as Creative/Art Director at Pura Vida Afro-Latin Dance.  Check out some fun facts about Anais including which movie title best describes her style of dance! Want to nominate someone? Contact us!

Where are you from?

I was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Missouri City, Texas.  My family is from the Republica de Panamá.

Favorite people to dance with?

My favorite people to dance with are Juleon D. Lewis, Daven Wilson, Johan Ibanez, George Villa, and Cliff Anderson.

Favorite socials/places to dance?

Pura Fort Worth, Sensual Social, Al Almir – Arlington, and my dance home The Pura Vida Sanctuary Event Space.

Dance Pet Peeve: (Hygiene, No connection, People who teach while dancing, etc)

My pet peeve is when people have a lack of spatial awareness and/or connection. A lot of injuries can be prevented if people were mindful of others, maintained their own lines, and actually connected and danced with their partner instead of performing in a social space.

Favorite dance moment?

Oh man, watching my students perform my first choreography with my dance partner, Juleon Lewis, at the Houston Afro-Latin Fest.

Favorite dance genre?

Salsa is my all time favorite. However, I enjoy all styles [bachata, urban kiz, merengue, soca and reggae]. Anything I can have fun with, anything I can explore connection with, and anywhere I have the ability to express myself. 

What movie title describes your attitude while dancing? Why?

So, I only really watch action movies. I would say Atomic Bomb because I like to become a different person in order to give different range, emotion, and character while dancing to the music and my partner.

Favorite dance video you’d like to share?

Absolutely love this choreography, musicality, technique, personality is on point!
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