With one week away from the World Latin Dance cup, there has been a lot of interest in Limitless, the WLDC Limitless division, and our fearless leader. Everybody has questions that they want to know so we decided to post some interview questions with our amazing director, Debbie, to see what she had to say. She's pretty special. Enjoy!!
What inspired you to create Limitless?
“Well, I don’t feel like I created Limitless. I think Limitless just sort of evolved out of the combination of all of my passions, experiences, and pushing the people I believed in. I believe in the power of expression, I believe in the resilience and passion of my dancers, and I believe in the open arms of dance community so much that it just naturally turned into Limitless”.
What is your background in dancing?
“People always ask me what my background in dancing is and I have a very hard time answering that question. To be honest, I don’t really have any specific background or definitive training. I have always been a lover, creator, and explorer of movement and expression. I have backgrounds in gymnastics, martial arts, hip-hop, latin, breakdancing, art, listening to the radio and mixtapes for hours on end, singing in the shower, and falling on my butt a million times. I think all of these things have come together to create the type of dancer I am today.”
What are you the most proud of?
“Honestly, I am the most proud of my dancers. I have seen each and every one of them grow into such amazing human beings who aren’t afraid of life. They are able to take on challenges, exceed, and inspire through it all. They have dignity, grace, passion, conviction, and humility. None of them will talk about all of their accomplishments and how far they have come technically, physically, emotionally, or socially; but I see it all and I am so so so proud of them.”
“Oh, and I’m also proud of my brother… and my dogs…. and my friends… just kind of everyone and everything in my life. I’m kind of Disney emotional and I’m happy for just everyone else’s blessings and success all the time no matter what…”
Where do you see yourself and Limitless in 5 years?
“I hope Limitless is bigger than us. I want ‘limitless’ to become a way of living, a way of thinking, and seeing the world. Limitless should be how all people approach every project or obstacle in life. It should be synonymous with creativity, openness, compassion, the sharing of skills, and incredible solutions to make life better for everyone. I want Limitless to be a brand, a network, and a resource for all people around the world”. “Myself personally, ideally I’d be retired comfortably on a beach somewhere, but if not, I just want be happy. I want to be doing something I love during the day, and loving something I’m doing all of the other times. That would be nice”.
What do you like to do for fun?
“I feel like I should say dance. Which I DO like to do for fun. But now, dancing is more of a passion for me.. I dance for a mission and a vision so it's not always as much fun. For fun, I really enjoy simple things in life. I’m pretty simple: I like to eat, spend time with loved ones, play with my dogs, and nap. I also like adventures :)”
What quote inspires you?
"One of my favorite quotes of all time is by Mother Teresa. She said “In life, you cannot do great things… only small things with great love”. Amazing, right? Yea... that's my ish right there"
Do you have any life-changing experiences (like your dancers) that put you on the path that led you to what you’re doing today?
“I think all of my experiences have been life-changing, but at the same time life-constant. Obviously, all of the worst and most painful experiences have helped shape my strength, perseverance, the way I handle conflict, and my fears. My best experiences have helped to shape my passions, my hopes and dreams, and the things I am dedicated to. But both have also revealed that I have always been resilient, steady, and have the same heart that I did when I was little. Despite it all, I haven’t been broken, and I haven’t been changed. I think I’m exactly where I am supposed to be.”
Who do you look up to the most?
“My dad. I’m not really sure how I ended up growing up to want to be just like him, but somewhere along the way, I noticed that my dad is the absolute most selfless man I know. He has a lot of mottos, but one that he has always told me and my brother is “Just be happy. Choose what makes you happy. Every day, if you choose what makes you happy, then you will have no regrets because you know you chose it because that’s what made you happy in the moment”. What he didn’t tell us behind the scenes was that he was doing and sacrificing everything he could to let his family have those happy choices and happy lives. He is probably the most undercover influential person in my life.”
If you could have one wish, what would it be?
“World peace? No, not really. I mean, that would be great, but I don’t think it would solve all of our problems. Peace is just an agreement, a mutual understanding, a harmony… I think what we need is more love. World love. I think love is an inherently unselfish, genuine, and compassionate feeling where you wholeheartedly want the best for someone or something else. I think that would solve the world’s problems. Yup, world love. I copyright that!”
If you won the lotto, what would you do?
“Scream, cry, and pee my pants. Then, I’d probably call and tell too many people even though I know you’re not supposed to. And then, I’d probably get anxious over all of my options. I’d probably buy some things I don’t need to, buy a lot of things to help others, and then eventually invest in something that I know will be amazing for my future generations or something I’m passionate about. :) I mean, that’s the realistic answer. Unrealistically, I’d want to own an island and rescue every animal ever; give homes, education, and jobs to anyone who ever needed it; and live on the beach (aka mansion on a beach) forever with all my animals and loved ones.”