Contemporary, Ballet Dancer: Darius Hickman

Photography by Chris Poblano.

Photography by Chris Poblano.

1. Where are you from and where do you currently live?
I am from West Palm Beach, Florida. Currently living in Los Angeles.

2. What is your profession?
I am a professional dancer.

3. When did you start dancing?
I started dancing in middle school when I was 12 years old.

4. What inspires your choreography?
My mood inspires my choreography. Whatever I’m going through or thinking about usually reflects in my movement.

Photography by Chris Poblano.

Photography by Chris Poblano.

5. Who are the dancers you look up to?
Theres no one specifically that I look up to, but dancers that are dedicated and work hard to get where they are now, those are the people that make me want to accomplish more.

6. Favorite artist to dance to?
Max Richter and Son Lux are two of my favorite artist.

7. Favorite genre to dance to?
My favorite genre of dance would be contemporary ballet.

Photography by Chris Poblano.

Photography by Chris Poblano.

8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I see myself busy being booked. I see myself traveling (internationally) on either a tour or just for fun. I see myself at my happiest in my dancing career.

9. How was your transition from Florida to Los Angeles been?
My transition from coast to coast was quite difficult. I love La, but it is very different from Florida. It’s more expensive, theres way more people, everything is much further apart from one another, and most importantly everyone is talented, so the competition is pretty fierce.

10. Best advice you received?
The best advice I’ve received was to be patient. Not everything is going to happen when you want it to, but it will when the timing is right. It’s not a question of IF but WHEN because I know I have what it takes.

Photography by Chris Poblano.

Photography by Chris Poblano.

11. How did it feel to become verified on Instagram?
Being verified I have to say does feel pretty cool. At the same time being verified isn’t making me more money so it’s just another social platform boost.

12. How do you deal with haters?
I don’t deal with haters. Haters don’t pay my bills, or pay for my classes, or book me for jobs, so why even give them my energy.

13. What is next for you?
I’m not sure whats next for me, but I know whatever it is it will be for me and I will succeed in it.

Photography by Chris Poblano.

Photography by Chris Poblano.

14. What is your motto in life?
My motto in life is ‘Everything happens for a reason.” I believe in this saying so much. I believe that things are put into our lives to either help us learn and grow as a person or help us become successful.

Selfie.

Selfie.

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