In the latest installment of our Dazzler Profile series, The Costume Gallery team caught up with Lilly Nugnes of Frankford Township, NJ
“When I dance, I let go of everything else in life.” -- Lilly Nugnes
Asked what she loves most about dance, Lilly Nugnes has a simple answer: “The people.”
Lilly is such a people person, in fact, that she was excited to start seventh grade in a new school this past fall, hoping she would meet new friends!
We think Lilly’s friendly, outgoing personality makes her a perfect addition to any classroom, and we’re ecstatic to have her join our team of Dazzlers! This bubbly 12-year-old, also known as “Nugs” or “Lil,” is a leader in her studio community and has even led Zoom classes for younger dancers at Perfect Pointe Performing Arts Studio in Sparta, NJ, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Not surprisingly, Lilly eventually wants to pursue a career that helps others. She plans to work toward a college degree in nutritional science so she can guide dancers and athletes toward a healthy lifestyle.
Here are a few more interesting things we learned about Lilly through our latest Dazzler Q&A session:
How did you get started in dance?
My mom signed me up for gymnastics and dance when I was 3, but I decided I liked dance the best.
Who is your biggest mentor in dance, and what impact did they have on you?
My teacher, Miss Rebecca, because she has been and still is a working dancer. She is critical and is always pushing me to do more.
What is your first recital memory?
I was a flower in a dance called “Little April Showers,” and I remember pretending I was dancing in the rain.
Do you remember your favorite costume of all time? Tell us about it!
My favorite costume was my lyrical costume during the 2020 season. We wore a simple flowy dress, and we were in character as the wives of fallen soldiers.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a dancer during the pandemic?
Staying motivated and getting feedback to improve on. It’s hard when you are not in person.
How has your outlook on life changed in the last year?
I’ve learned to never take things for granted.
What do you think it means to be an “Influencer”?
I think it means to be a positive role model who would encourage people to become better human beings.
What message do you want to send to other dancers who look up to you?
To stay humble and always be kind. Channel all your good and bad emotions into your dance.
The team at Costume Gallery would like to thank Lilly for her time and extend her a warm welcome to the Dazzler Squad! Stay tuned to our blog throughout the season as we continue to share inspiring and entertaining Dazzler Profiles with all our friends in the dance community!