Lexi Fishbein has been dancing most of her life at Summit Dance Shoppe and has appeared previously on the Minnesota Dance News social media feed. It was a pleasure to get to know her and several of her SDS friends at a Dancers of Minnesota photo session in July.
In addition to her dancing at Summit Dance Shoppe, she is a member of the Armstrong Dance Team during the MSHSL dance season.
We hope you enjoy meeting Lexi in this Dancers of Minnesota spotlight.
Ever since I put on my first pair of ballet shoes and took my first dance class when I was 2 years old, I knew this was something I’d want to do for a very long time. Everyone in the dance community is always so supportive and if it wasn’t for them, I would not be doing something I love every day. The best feeling is getting done performing or competing and having all my friends, family, teachers and people I don’t even know come up to me and congratulate me.
Over the years dance has taught me so many things. I’ve learned to keep pushing myself, that hard work always pays off and how to manage my time. Without dance i would not have learned these many valuable life lessons that I use in my day to day life.
Honestly, if I wasn’t dancing, my life would be very miserable. I am so thankful that my parents dragged my 2-year-old self into the studio and made me take a dance class. Growing up as a dancer was the best thing that could have happened in my life but at times it was also difficult. I’ve spent countless sweaty hours working very hard in the studio or gym, but it would always pay off. I am also beyond grateful for the amazing friendships I have made over the years. All my best memories were made because of dance and I cannot wait to see what my future in dance holds for me!
Dance is more than just a sport to me. It’s a way to express my feelings and be my true self without anyone judging me. Whether I’m dancing in a studio, on a stage or even in my bedroom it always puts me in a better mood. Throughout my many years of dance I’ve learned that it’s an escape. When life gets hard, I can just put on some music and dance for a little bit and then instantly I feel better.
When and where did you start dancing?
I started dancing when I was 2 at Summit Dance Shoppe. I loved meeting new friends, the energy of dance and my teachers were always great. I loved the feeling of being up on the stage, and still love being on stage to this day.
How has your style progressed?
When I was younger, I was really into ballet and pointe. After starting to dance with the Armstrong Dance Team, my favorite styles of dance changed to lyrical and jazz. I also love musical theatre because it’s so much fun to perform and not be so serious.
What do you love about dance today?
love how dance lets me express myself and allows me to leave all my emotions out on the floor. It always puts me in a good mood after I get done dancing by myself or with my team. It has also helped me become so close with amazing people and build lifelong friendships.
What are 1-2 challenges you have sustained in your dance career?
I’ve struggled with not believing in myself at times and getting in my head too much.
What is one or two lessons learned from the challenge above?
I have learned to keep pushing myself to become better and to never give up. At times it will be hard but once that’s over something amazing always comes from it.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
Before I compete my solo, my teacher Mike Dietz always tells me to “just have fun out there”. Yes, dance is all about the competition but you’re really dancing for yourself
Do you want to give a shout out to anyone?
All my friends, family and teachers that have supported me throughout my life and especially everyone at Summit Dance Shoppe for allowing me to do what I love every day.