Alex Wong’s career has been an extremely impressive one – whilst Alex was working at the acclaimed Miami City Ballet, at 23-year-old Alex was promoted to principal soloist, he was acclaimed for his powerful sky-high jetés and effortless pirouettes, and at that time he had been named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”. With all of that in the mix, Alex decided to take his career in another direction by performing on the show “So You Think You Can Dance”, to top it all off, he got to the final. After heaps of people in the TickTheBucket community called out and said they wanted to get into dancing, we knew Alex was the man to ask about what it takes to tick this item off your Bucket List, this is what he said:
- When did you start dancing and when did you start taking it seriously?
I started dancing when I was 7. My parents had actually been trying to get me to dance for quite a while before that though. I would always call my family into the bedroom, turn off all the lights, and then give my dad a flashlight and tell him to “spotlight me’. And then I would perform whatever came to mind. That was when I was about 5. Initially, when my parents asked me if I wanted to dance my answer was always “no, dancing is only for girls”. Eventually they took me to a local school dance year end show and agreed with me that if I didn’t want to dance after that, they wouldn’t ask me anymore. The rest is history!
I feel like I started taking it seriously right from the get go. My teacher saw talent in me and immediately singled me out for solos and it never felt like work. I guess however when I was 15, I was at a crossroads of whether or not to pursue the ballet concert dance career or more of a commercial dancer career, and I sort of had to choose around that age what I wanted to put more focus on.
- Did you have anybody helping you along the way? Who were they and what wisdom did they have for you?
Of course I had plenty of people helping me along the way. My very first dance teacher, Bonnie Jean Anderson, really started it all. She always looked out for what would be best for me, even if that meant sending me to another dance school, which she inevitably did. I was fortunate enough to have some of the best teachers in the world training me. For sure, I would not have succeeded in a similar manner without their help. And obviously none of this would have even been possible without my parents support. They were always there for me every step of the way. My parents always instilled in me to work hard and have a great attitude. I’ve taken that with me everywhere I go.
- How do you keep focused on your dancing?
I don’t really have a hard time staying focused on things I want to do. If I want to do something, I just do it. Why would I want to do it something and not do it? You always make time for things you want to do.
5.What has been one of the biggest moments of your career so far?
Definitely being on SYTYCD was one of the biggest moments of my career. It definitely shaped me into the type of dancer I am today and it showed me an entire different side of the dance world that I may never have otherwise experienced.
- What’s next on your Bucket List?
I’m not sure my bucket list has a beginning or an ending. There’s always new things I want to try, and I usually do things I want to do as soon as I can. I’ve actually always wanted to go to Taiwan, so I booked a trip. I’m actually leaving tomorrow, and I’m missing performing at the Oscars because of it! But at least on the bright side, I’ve performed at the Oscars before. Maybe the next thing on my bucket list should be receiving an Oscar. Ha!
And that’s a wrap, some amazing perspective on taking performance to the big leagues. If you want to follow him on Twitter go to @AlexdWong and if this interview has inspired your dancing Bucket List dreams please go over to our main website www.tickthebucket.org and connect to people all over the world making Bucket Lists a reality.