Close Up Interview with Dancer Niki Trifon From Dance Dr.


How long have you been dancing?

I have been dancing since the age of five, so i have been dancing now for 11 years.

Why did you start dancing?

When I was little I always danced around the house to whatever music was playing and I had so much energy so my parents thought it would be a good idea to put me into some dance classes and I’ve enjoyed it ever since.

Do you hope to become a full-time professional dancer?

I sure do! I’d like to be a part of the dance industry where I can work both locally and internationally, then in time be able to teach and pass my knowledge and experience on.

Why do you dance?

 Dance because it expresses my feelings, releases stress, takes me into a whole new world where I feel like I can be me, and I love and enjoy it very much.

Which emotions do you project when you dance?

I turn my nerves into excitement and pump myself up to just feel free and do what I love in front of an audience, whether its 10 people or 30,000.

What are some of your goals in dance?

I strive everyday to be the best dancer I can be, this is an ongoing goal. My goals are to become a role model for younger dancers, put a smile on as many faces as I can, and who hasn’t dreamed of dancing behind Beyoncè or Justin Bieber.

Tell us how you balance school work and dance.

I can find this tricky at times. I dance Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons and all day Saturday as well as attending any open classes that I can. I’m lucky enough to have caring teachers and supportive parents to help with my time management to succeed in my school work as well as continue to do what I love.

Do you have a favourite style of dance?

I love all dance genres and don’t think I’d ever be able to choose between them. As a dancer, I think it is very important to be versatile.

Is there another style of dance that you like to try?

I’ve always wanted to try ballroom.

Do you have any dancer role models?

Yes, two of my most inspiring role models amongst many are Lucy Mary-Claire from Dance Dr. and Catarina Santos. I admire my role models because they nurture and look after the younger dancers that are still training, they show possibilities and make opportunities available to enhance the growth of each individual as well as remaining caring, humble, and down to earth people.

Why are costumes so important for dance artists?

I think that costumes enhance a performance and the intention of the dance artists. It helps us get into character and the right mind frame. There’s also the bonus of being dressed up in such pretty outfits.

What advice can you offer young dancers who are just beginning their dance careers?

Dancers should try to be the best dancer that they can be and not worry about everyone else around them. They’re not your competition, we need to work as a community to keep the dance industry thriving with courage and support. Don’t find yourself always comparing yourself to others, everyone has a different path and journey to take so take the time to enjoy YOUR journey, there’s no rush.
Tell us about your upcoming show Bardo

Bardo is referred to in Tibetan Budhism as occuring prior to complete death; a traditional state in which the body has passed yet the consciousness remain alive. It is the state that life is said to ‘flash before your eyes’.

We are looking forward to this spectacular show. This  is Dance Dr.’s  fourth work invites you to observe one person’s experience of the Bardo. Come to the show and together we witness her reflections on life event both pivotal, profound and those seemingly insignificant.

Do you have a book you would like to recommend?

My Story by Dave Pelzer

Where do we find you?

You can contact me via email at or follow me on instagram:  nikitrifonxx

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