Dancer, actor, director, self-proclaimed multitasker Veronica Garrido has been on a journey of self-expression since birth. This week, she tells In Bloom all about how she got where she is today….
"I feel most creative when I am alone; especially at night. The silence makes time stand still, and I feel that I can delve into exploration with any rush..."
Enjoy a happy moment in company with our Boyfriend PJ Set Black.
Describe how you spend your time.
I am a stage performer; in other words, a multitasker (laughs). I work as a creator and interpreter through dance and acting, and I am also a creative director, guide and advisor to performance and audiovisual processes. On top of that, I teach dance and movement classes, I have a small audiovisual production company (Casa Siete), and I am developing a virtual dance magazine called NovaEva.
Tell us about your journey into the world of movement.
My mother is a dancer and a dance teacher, so I was practically born dancing with her. There was a time during my adolescence when I stopped doing it in order to ponder if dancing was indeed “mine.” After only a few months I returned to dance, confirming that not only was dance an inherited passion, but that it is also very, very much mine. I began with ballet and theatre from a young age, and as time went by, I made my way over to contemporary dance. Today, I inhabit a universe in which dance and theatre coexist and thrive off of each other.
When do you feel most creative?
I feel most creative when I am alone; especially at night. The silence makes time stand still, and I feel that I can delve into exploration with any rush.
What’s your favorite thing about what you do?
The most special thing, which I deeply value, about who I am and what I do is the absolute liberty I find in dancing, acting, and creating. The freedom to be, the freedom to communicate, the freedom to transform myself as many times as I feel moved to and need to.
What are you listening to these days?
I have a good amount of playlists, which are classified by the type of movement and classes I teach, as well as the different moods I look for when I am creating and working. I constantly resort to classical music, jazz, and R&B, but lately I have been on an electronic kick; I like to drive listening to reggaetón and/or meditations. Right now I am having a James Blake, Handel, and Rosalia moment.
Veronica wears our Boyfriend Agnes PJ Set Black Ethnic.
What are the first things you do upon waking?
First thing, I tend to my daughter. Then I grind and prepare my coffee.
What are three things you cannot live without?
Music, music, music.
What are your favorite self-care rituals?
Dancing is my most sacred ritual, but since it is also my job there are times in which it can feel like a chore, which is why I look for parallel spaces in which I can move freely. Practicing yoga does me well, I write almost every night, and I always make time and space for therapy. As a dancer, if you had asked me some years ago I would have said that my wellness revolves around a balanced diet and training, but, as time goes by, my rituals move further and further away from that answer.
What is the best compliment you have ever received?
I have heard “you look so happy” more than once, and it coincides with the moments in which I have had more dancing in my life.
How do you wind down after a long day?
My days are always different. Between rehearsing and teaching classes at night, I never end my day at the same time. No matter what the time is, however, I like to spend some moments alone in my room, and not go straight to sleep. Sometime I read, sometimes I listen to music, but I almost always write.