Justin: Dance to me, is an expression of the heart, soul, mind and body combined, presented with the help of music. It is an outlet, a gateway, an escape, from my ‘everyday’ life.
Me: Do you see yourself having a future in dance?
Justin: Honestly, I don’t see myself having a future in dance. For me it helps me get through the things I need to do to get to where I really want to end up in the future, consider it a stepping stone.
Me: How and when did you start dancing?
Justin: I started dancing in my Sophomore year in high school. I would usually perform in debuts or debutante balls in the “hip-hop” performances. My brother, Jeremy Buenaobra, helped alot along the way. Already dancing with CultureShock LA, he choreographed many of the first routines I have ever learned.
Me: Are there any people that inspire you?
Justin: Yes, I have many people that inspire me, but the ones that have helped me out the most in my dancing career are ones that touched my heart and haven’t stopped since then. Stacey Kuramoto was one of the first. Stacey directed one of the very first teams that I was on, FutureShock LA. Another great inspiration is Jon Aspirin, Co-Founder of PAC Modern of CSULB. But the person that has inspired me the most is my brother. I can’t thank him enough for the inspiration and encouragement he has given me throughout the years.
Me: What motivates you to dance everyday?
Justin: Like I said before, dance to me is an outlet, and whenever I feel like I need to express myself, or just simply have fun and get away, those feelings are what motivate me to dance.
Me: Are you in any upcoming events?
Justin: World Of Dance San Mateo, World of Dance Hawaii
Me: What are some accomplishments you have achieved?
Justin: I have quite afew accomplishments, including starting 2 events at my high school that still go on to this day; Being the first captain to Lead and Coach the All-Male Dance Team at my high school; But my most prideful accomplishment would have to be getting together my very own dance project with a bunch of my friends called TypeCast Toys. We created afew unique and memorable sets, costumes, and even got the chance to perform at a club in the bay area. Never did I expect something that I helped create become such a big deal, and I will never forget any of it.
Me: What tips or words of wisdom would you give to future dancers
Justin: Be yourself. You can learn this style, that 8-count, but don’t EVER forget who you are throughout the journey.