Name: Lisa Aronowitz (LEA)
Age: 27 on the 27th of April
what area of the BX are you from?: Co-Op City
current location: Co-Op City
Dreams In Motion @DIMCrew_NYC
Website: None yet soon come!
Lisa and I live in the same neighborhood and we met as students at M.S.180. She has always been incredibly talented, hard-working, and compassionate. She is doing amazing things with the youth of the Bronx and I'm looking forward to seeing what more she has in store for her dance team, Dreams in Motion!
Also, it's Lisa's Golden Birthday! Happy Birthday, Lisa!!
Tell us about yourself:
I will do whatever it takes to succeed. My life hasn't been the easiest, but the one thing that remains consistent is dance. Dance is one area where I've never experienced major downfalls- aside from minor injuries and self-esteem issues in my youth. However, those things made me the woman I am today. I've succeeded at retail management and art coordination, but nothing leaves me feeling as fulfilled as impacting a young persons' life through movement. Now, I am a middle school dance teacher for Success Academy, but eventually I want to travel the world and teach dance.
What are your fondest memories of growing up in the Bronx?
There’s so many, like playing manhunt with my friends and sneaking out the house just to talk outside for hours. We even moved a bench under one of our buildings and tagged our names on it so when it rained we still had a place to hang. The days before social media is something I wouldn’t trade for the world- my dad teaching me how to ride a bike in the playground of my elementary school or building a snowman outside my mom’s window so she can be included since she hated the cold. The Bronx is also where I started dancing- I remember using a metal chair as a ballet barre in Ms. Lisa’s School of Dance. (Ironic right?) Going to middle school for the arts really inspired me to dance professionally. My teachers left a major impact on me because of their belief in me.
Do you feel as though being from the Bronx has heavily influenced who you are today?
Definitely! It keeps me humble and has made me work for everything I have today. As a hip-hop dancer from the Bronx, it sets a standard and a sense of pride to be the best since this is where hip-hop started. I can’t go to California and be trash because I carry my borough's rep behind me. So I work hard to put the Bronx on the map... Cardi B definitely helped that. LOL
Who are your biggest inspirations?
My biggest inspirations would be the B-boy Theatrics, Lizz Ochoa, Roselly Rosario, Cassidy Rivas, Devonte Duncan and Karen Mendez. They were all former students of mine, some of which dance in my crew. They've all inspired me to keep pushing after they graduated HS and are now living their dreams.
What has been your greatest accomplishment to date?
My greatest accomplishment was building my dance team, Dreams In Motion, from the ground up. I created a long proposal, went into about 10-15 different high schools looking to recruit dancers, to being able to provide opportunities to perform at the Barclays, WOD, Prelude, Six Flags, City Hall, music videos, community events and Philly! A lot of my dancers were accepted into performing arts high schools and colleges. Since my program is free, it's extremely hard to find a free place to practice, but we will practice in the park if it's a means to accomplish our goals.
If you could, in what ways would you give back to your community?
I would love to throw a huge dance event in the Bronx (without it getting shut down) because even though the Bronx is where hip-hop started it seems like every hip hop event continues to get denied or shut down. Smh
If someone were visiting the Bronx, where would you tell them to go?
I have no idea! I guess if they were into Hip-Hop DJ Kool Herc block, definitely the store, Bronx Native, and the generic things like Yankee stadium etc. Sadly the Bronx has changed a lot.