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Alani Figueroa



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Alani Figueroa was born and raised in Bronx, New York. She started performing at the age of 6 with after school dance programs, and from then on knew that it was something she wanted to spend the rest of her life doing. She started her professional training, at the age of 12, at Steps on broadway. She then progressed her dance training in Dance Theatre of Harlem and Alvin Ailey. Alani got her Hip Hop training through The Midas Touch Kids Crew under Alonzo Williams, and currently trains with the Urban Dance League under Ant Boogie. She booked her first big job as a dancer in Marc Arthur's play, "Peter and the Wolf", when the dance director of PPAS' division in Alvin Ailey selected her and two other dancers of the program to audition for the production. Misty Copeland and Mia Michaels are her inspirations in her drive to becoming a better technical dancer, however there are several hip hop based instructors, mentors and choreographers who have inspired her and helped mold her into the hip hop dancer she is today. Some of which include Alonzo Williams, Luam, Janelle Cambridge, Ant Boogie, and her U.D.L team captain, Kyo Dominick. Outside of dancing, Alani has interests in fashion, math and finding ways to help those in need. One of her favorite quotes is: "Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard."