Take Ten with Damaris Lewis

We ask recreational dancer, Prince Muse, and NBA Style correspondent Damaris Lewis 10 questions on how she’s Doing Things.

Damaris wears the Studio Skin Bra and the Studio Skin Legging

1. How did you start dancing?

I’ve been dancing since I was 7 years old… I grew up doing ballet and African. I went to Laguardia High School for ballet. We also specialized in the Martha Graham technique.

2. What’s your favorite dance class?

There are two of them at Alvin Ailey. One is taught by Karen Arceneaux, she does Zumba and Horton. The other one is Samba, and it’s taught by Quenia Ribeiro, and I’ve been devotedly going to their classes whenever I’m in town.

Martha Graham, Dancer & Choreographer

3. What are your words to live by?

An old Chinese Proverb: Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are.

“I’m one of the few who still rollerblades. I’m clearly stuck in the 90s.”

4. What’s your recreational routine?

When I go to the gym, I always jump rope, no matter the day or the time. I try to switch it up. When you grow up dancing or performing, if your workout isn’t fun then you’re not going to want to do it. I hula hoop. I’m one of the few who still rollerblades. I’m clearly stuck in the 90s.

5. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

My love and adoration for nature. The best healer we all have lies outside of our minds and grows from the depths of our earth.

6. We hear you’ve been a style correspondent for the NBA. Any pointers?

My main advice that I’ve received from all of the guys I’ve spoken to is to simply be you. On and off the court the players are unapologetically themselves especially regarding their style and that’s something we can all learn from.

7. Who’s your team?

Knicks! I’m a Knicks fan. You know, a lot of people were saying that I was going to switch when the Brooklyn Nets got here, but once a Knick, always a Knick.

8. What was it like working with Prince?

Knowing, dancing, and learning for and from Prince was the best experience of my life thus far. I miss him dearly and will always remember how much effort he put into making sure the he was touching and healing the world with his art and I shall continue to do the same.

9. After mentoring children through the Garden of Dreams Foundation, what have you learned from the younger generation?

The next generation is going to be in great hands as long as we make sure our hands are full of them. They’re very smart kids who unfortunately get a bad rep due to their high involvement with the social media age, but it’s what they were born into and I promise so many of them are going to come out on top with these newfound ways to navigate life with our ever changing neurons.

“The best healer we all have lies outside of our minds and grows from the depths of our earth.”

10. What does Doing Things mean to you?

Doing Things is one of those phrases that has no solid definition, but every single person has a different way of defining it. Doing Things for me would literally be embracing your light bulb moments. I’m a fan of not rushing anything until you feel like you’re ready. Only do things when you’re ready.

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