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Dancer Spotlight: Cielo Armendáriz-Selzer '25

Cielo Armendariz- Selzer

Grade/ Graduation year: 2025

What is the best thing about being back in person? Is there anything that surprised you about being in the studio?

I think the best thing about being in person is the studio space and the fact there is space for me to express myself. I’m also very happy to be back in person because of the human connection. Personally, I thrive on human connection! I just love the energy that gets created when I’m dancing with others.

What is your favorite thing about LACHSA right now?

My favorite thing about LACHSA right now is my arts classes. I love all of my arts classes and I feel that I’ve already improved a lot. Another thing that I really like about LACHSA is the students. I like how everyone is so welcoming and kind towards each other but also to freshmen.

What are your goals for this year as a Dance Major?

My goals for this year as a Dance Major are for my technique in ballet and jazz to get better. I also want to improve my artistry in my improv, ballet, and jazz. I also want to improve in salsa and African dancing, especially since I just started doing African dancing this year.

What is something you’re looking forward to experiencing this year as a Dance major?

Something I am looking forward to experiencing are all the shows we will be having and the choreography that will be done!

What is your favorite food?

I have a lot of favorite foods so I can’t just choose one! I love Takis + popcorn (my favorite snack mix), tacos, fried tofu, rice, cucumbers, garlic pasta, tomatoes, ramen, watermelon sour patch kids. Basically… I love food!

What is your favorite color?

My favorite colors are navy blue, black, burgundy, and red!

What is your astrological sign?

My zodiac sign is Libra!

Do you have an outside hobby?

I don’t have an outside hobby but some things I really like to do are bike riding, going on walks, and riding my scooter.

What is your favorite type of music to listen to?

I really enjoy rock from the 70s (Led Zeppelin). I also really like electronic and alternative music.

What is your favorite type of music to dance to?

My favorite type of music to dance to right now is classical music, but because I can dance every style of dance to it. I still love dancing to all music because I love exploring it and seeing what I can do with my body.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

If I had one superpower I would want to have super strength. I would want super strength because I think it would be really convenient to have and I could use it for everyday activities.

Do you have any future summer plans that are dance related? Any summer intensives? Competitions? Workshops? Etc.

I really want to go to New York and take an intensive at the Ailey School. (Modern Dance). I also want to do the intensive that Juilliard organizes every summer.

What advice would you give your future senior self?

I would just remind myself to keep my eye on the prize and to always remember that I have help all around me. I would also say that it's okay to break down, we all have our moments. I can’t wait to see what you have become! :)


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