Rose Kiernan

What is your full name?

Rose Kiernan

Age:

34

Where were you born?

Aspen, Colorado

Year Started Dancing:

2009

 

Influence to start dancing?

I had done gymnastics my whole life and once my college career ended, I needed something to fill that void.

 

Main style of dance?

Breaking, but I really enjoying training in all styles.

 

What are your dance dreams?

My dream is to have complete freedom in dance without self criticism.   

 

What goals have you accomplished in dance?

I have done way more in dance than I ever imagined I would. Performed at multiple gigs around the world, battled, met amazing people, etc. But, running a multi million dollar company, while continuing to do what I do with my dance is a big accomplishment for me.  

 

What obstacles have you overcome?

I have overcome a lot of obstacles in life, but there are two major ones for me that have had the biggest impact on my life. I started gymnastics very young and was really serious about the sport. Aspen didn’t have a set gym when I was growing up, so I used to take the bus to Glenwood everyday after school (hour there and back) to train. They finally opened a space in aspen, but we had to manually set up the gym everyday. Roll out the bars, beams, etc and then take them down at the end of the day for rec center basketball. We had no pits or great training areas to learn the really hard tricks to put you at the top level, so I would go to every single camp I could go to during the summers to push my training forward. I always had people telling me to stop and that I would never go anywhere with it.  I never gave up and ended up competing at the highest level and then getting a full athletic scholarship to the University of Denver for gymnastics. It was huge to overcome all the doubt people put on me, but due to the nature of the sport and never feeling good enough, I developed an eating disorder in those years and it became pretty serious. After freshman year of college, they kicked me off the team for the summer and told me I could only get my scholarship back if I did the work to get better. I went to a lot of therapy and did a TON of self work to heal and got myself back on the team and kept my scholarship and continued on to be the captain of the team. Getting myself a scholarship and fighting to overcome my eating issues really shaped the person that I am today.  

 

What has been your most difficult obstacle you’ve had to overcome in dance?

The most difficult obstacle for me is self doubt and lacking confidence in my dance.  I have a hard time shutting my mind off. On top of that, I work 50-60 hours a week and I push myself too far sometimes, so I’ve had a rough year of injuries that have been hard to overcome.

What has dance given to enrich your life?

Dance has completely changed my life.  The people I have met, the places I have been, and the feelings I have felt are beyond words.  Dance is magic and it is the thing that fills my soul.

 

How do you perceive yourself as a dancer?

Im still working on my perception of my dance…ask me again in a year 🙂

 

What do you appreciate about your dance?

I appreciate my perseverance through the ups and downs. It’s not always easy, but I never give up.

 

What has School of Breaking done to benefit your growth as a dancer?

School of breaking is the reason I am where I am today in my dance. I started dance at Motion Underground, but it was not until I went to school of breaking that I really started to develop myself and understand the roots of hip hop and the culture. Chase and Tommy are family to me and they have put so much effort into making me better in all aspects of my life.   They do so much for the community and their students. I cannot say enough about the two of them. I love you guys and I am so thankful for everything you do!!

What are the next challenges you want to take on as a dancer?

I want to allow myself to be vulnerable in dance and let my personality show through my movement and I want to be able to go into a cypher and a battle and kill it!