This month we continue our interview series and chat with the lovely ballet dancer, Veyama Kavari. We get her take on her journey as a ballet dancer at the National Ballet School of Namibia where she’s an Advance 2 student.
1. Tell us about yourself.
I’m Veyama Kavari, a 19 year old dancer who enjoys reading, meditating and socializing. I also enjoy my personal space to gather all my thoughts. I speak four languages which include Otjiherero, English, German and Afrikaans.
2. How and why did you get started in ballet dancing?
According to my mother, at the age of 2 I would imitate the dancing on the TV. When I was 7, I would hear classical music playing next door from my day-care centre and would be as curious as to what it really was. I asked my mother to investigate and told me it was a ballet class and wondered if I was interested.
The obvious answer was accompanied by excitement and, as the classic saying goes, the rest is history. Along the way, I was discouraged to continue my dancing by friends, however, my mother and dance teacher at the time saw what I couldn’t see in my capabilities and I owe it to them and the continuous support from my family because I cannot see myself doing anything else.
I dance because of its combination of athleticism and artistry along with the joy I bring to those that watch me perform.
After my previous dance teacher retired, my current dance teacher took me in with open arms and her demand for my best during every lesson and constant encouragement will never be taken for granted.
3. If you could give advice for aspiring younger dancers, what did you
discover about the industry that you would want others to know about?
There will be others better than you and that’s perfectly fine. Instead of comparing yourself to them, learn from them to better yourself.
4. What was your most challenging dance routine?
Every dance I’ve ever performed, be it on stage or in front of an examiner, have been my favourite. My first challenging dance is my current solo in my school; “Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova”. However, dedication to the art form will allow me to perform my best.
6. What inspires you to dance? What should the viewer take away,
interpret or a message you wish to convey through your dancing?
I aspire to ensure that people are moved by my performances and to remind them that nothing holds us back more than focusing on how others perceive us. If I cared about other people’s opinions, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
7. If you could go back in time, what advice and lessons learned would
you had given your “younger self”?
Humble yourself, you’re good but not the best.
8. What is something that keeps you strong when things get difficult?
Whenever I feel discouraged and I question whether I should continue dancing or not, my family, friends and even strangers who’ve seen me perform remind me of my God given talent and why I’ve been dancing for the past 11 years.
9. What are some little known facts about yourself you would want
others to know about?
- I’m the most sarcastic person you’ll ever come across, so beware.
- I’m very straight forward when I communicate because I can’t beat around the bush and make my point very clear.
1. Burger or Pizza
2. Paris or California
3. Black or White
4. Nike or Adidas
5. Cardi B or Nicki Minaj
Londoo, a pet name coined by my family and Koumba; Otjiherero for “troublemaker”.