Accomplished Dancer, Model and Choregrapher Jasmine Takacs tells pulsedup.com about her journey through the dance industry and how she approached her art to get to where she is today.
Have you always wanted to be a dancer?
Yes I always wanted be a dancer, since my mum took me to ballet class when I was about four years old. I think I fell in love with it back then and ever since, I always knew that I wanted to do what the girls on the television did.
Do you have any advice for aspiring dancers?
I have literally thrown myself into every possible opportunity I could possibly get in London because I came here with not much, not much money, not much knowledge of what I wanted in my life, but I did know that I wanted to be a dancer. So I would meet people, go to auditions, stay in contact with important choreographers, and teachers, and ask for their feedback constantly. And every little job has turned into something more. I’ve gained new contacts from doing small jobs which has lead to another big job for an amazing artist, for example. So it’s been a long journey of making connections and reputation in the industry in London to get to the point where I am today.
How important is it to train?
I would say the most important thing is obviously to train hard every day of your life and not forget your body is your art and it’s the most precious thing you’ve got so you have to bend and stretch and practise to get better every day of your life and when it’s something I love so much, I do it naturally with love and passion. It comes natural, I look forward to the next day of training, or going to college to do a ballet class 9 am in the morning. Because I know it’s going to pay off and give me those jobs I’ve always dreamt of doing.
Are you still active in Choreography and Modelling?
Yes, I’m still active in choreography and modelling, and it’s actually thanks to my dancing that I’ve been able to develop choreography on my own and develop my own style for different artists and bands and productions, so I’ve created my own style of what I like and what I think looks good on stage. So, if any opportunity comes here now I’ll grab it and create my own choreography. With modelling of course you work your body to the extreme every day and I’ve been lucky enough to do a lot of sports modelling, and also for different fashion brands, catwalk shows, where they mix models and dancers, photo-shoots, all sorts of sport relating modelling as well.
Was Choreography a natural progression from Dance?
Yes, I do feel that it’s natural progression for me, it’s something I really enjoy to create, and also step back and look at what it actually looks like on stage and make it better and make the audience feel better as well, so it’s definitely something I want to do more in the future, but even bigger productions. I’ve been dancer on ones; I would like to do this as a choreographer one day as well.