Today we bring to you an exclusive interview with one of America’s most talented professional dancers and choreographers; JUSTICE DOMINGO!
Raro Lae got to have a little chitchat with this young beauty, where we got a scoop on what she’s all about through our very own Q&A session!
Born on the 18th of December, Justice Domingo is a professional dancer and choreographer based in Los Angeles, California. She began dancing when she was just 2 years old, excelling in all styles of dance including ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, tap, modern and many more. After discovering that she wanted to turn her passion into a full-time career, Justice decided to follow her dream of becoming a professional dancer by signing with the prestigious dance agency BLOC.
Despite pursuing a double degree at Loyola Marymount University, Justice has managed to juggle college work and dancing by lucratively creating a name for herself in the Entertainment Industry. At just 18, she has performed for hundreds of elite crowds and worked with major stars such as Zendaya, Rodney Jerkin’s label artist and Mindless Behaviour. She has also choreographed many new artists and has traveled nationwide to teach master Hip Hop classes.
Justice cites focus as one of the main attributes that has made her a force to be reckoned with. And as for where she’d be in the coming years? That’s a no-brainer! With her killer dance moves and a vibrant personality to match; Justice Domingo is definitely the one to watch out for!
Your dancing skills are amazing! How did it all start and what drove your passion for dance?
Thank you so much! I have an older brother named Jazz, who is a dancer as well. He’s 5 years older than me so he was dancing before I was even born. Growing up I would always sit in the back of his dance classes and try to learn the steps, so eventually my mom put me in classes too. It started off as a hobby, although I developed a passion for it when I was about 12 years old. I knew it was something that I wanted to pursue as a career. I tried other sports like gymnastics and softball… but something always pulled me back to dancing.
Every career path has its good and bad sides. How has being a professional dancer and choreographer changed your life positively and negatively?Dancing in the professional entertainment industry is definitely a roller coaster. It’s helped me grow so much as a well-rounded individual. As a dancer, I’ve learned how to be disciplined, manage my time proficiently, perseverance, and much more. As a choreographer, my experiences of teaching others pushes me to be the best role model that I can be. There’s no better feeling than helping people become closer to their dreams. On the downside of dancing and choreographing… I’ve been forced to sacrifice a lot of things. I didn’t get the normal high school experience because I had to be homeschooled in order to attend auditions on a daily basis. I don’t get a lot of sleep because I’m always creating or I’m working to develop someone else’s vision. There’s always a give and take in every situation… but I wouldn’t change anything about the career path I’ve chosen. It’s a blessing to be able to do what I love for a living.
If you could star in the music video of any 3 recording artistes, who would they be?
I’m not sure if this question refers to current working artists or not. Hypothetically, if we’re talking about any artist ever, dead or alive… definitely Missy Elliott, I think that’s every dancers dream. Along with Aaliyah and Janet Jackson.
What is your ethnicity and what do you love most about it?
I am French, German, African-American, and Filipino. A little bit of everything. I love being biracial simply because there are so many layers to who I am. I am able to connect with so many different cultures and experience all parts of them. Oh, and of course the food. Lumpia and adobo from my filipino side. Those good ole southern style BBQs from my black side. And pretty much anything my mama cooks from my white side is amazing.
Many dancers say they feel ‘free’ when they’re on the floor. As for you, what kinds of emotions do you feel/give off when you dance?
It’s always different. I think that’s what I love about dance most. I feel so many different things and I’m able to connect with myself from the inside out. Whatever I am feeling on a given day is translated into movement art. It’s incredible.
As an 18-year-old, you’ve had to juggle dancing and college at the same time. How do you do this, and do you recommend it for other student dancers?
Well… let me start off by saying that it is not easy. Currently, I am a sophomore at Loyola Marymount University working towards a double degree in Dance and Communications Studies. So having two majors along with working in the entertainment industry is difficult to say the least. I think it’s a matter of taking it one day at a time. Focusing on the present and giving my all in what I am doing in the current moment, rather than thinking about all of the other things I have to do in the next week, month, or however long. I’ve learned to accept that I’m a young, busy, working woman. But it will all pay off in the future.
When you go to a restaurant, what’s your ideal order?
Pasta. Almost every single time I go out to eat I immediately search for the pasta section on the menu. I’m not a big meat eater.
Gender inequality is still a very prominent issue in our society. What do you think women, including yourself, can do to curb it?
As women, it’s our job to simply not tolerate it. Silence gets us nowhere. We have to peacefully, yet firmly take action in society and demand equality for our fellow queens. It’s not a matter of proving that we are queens, this is already a known fact. It’s a matter of consistently speaking up when people treat us as anything less.
When you wake up in the morning, what are the first few things you do?
I love candles and incense, so I always light a few in the morning to get the good energy flowing. Turn on some music, most likely neo soul or R&B… from Erykah Badu to Jagged Edge. The normal morning routine of washing my face, showering, brushing my teeth. Then I get an Iced Vanilla Latte at Coffee Bean.
Who has been your biggest inspiration throughout your journey as a dancer and why?
Wow. It’s hard to say when I’m surrounded by such amazing artists and individuals on a regular basis. First and foremost, my big brother. He’s so talented. It’s kind of unreal. He’s also the reason why I started dancing in the first place. Secondly, my auntie SheStreet, who is a freestyle movement artist. Let me tell you… when people see her dance they develop a new respect for dance altogether. She’s raw.
Everyone has something up his or her sleeves this 2016! Your fans and supporters would like to know; what do you have planned?
Plenty of performances coming up this summer. “All summer 16,” as rapper Drake would say. I’m putting together a piece for this new Choreographer’s Bash in Los Angeles in May called “Friday Night RAW”. I’m also doing Choreographer’s Carnival. So, if you’re in LA this summer, be prepared to see a lot of my work coming soon!