We had the good fortune of connecting with Dia Adams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dia, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I pursed a career that allowed me to be free and authentically me. I think so many people live there lives based on what society tells you instead of taking the time to feel what it is you’re here to do for the greater good; being a creative in the arts allows you the space and opportunity to legit be in your feelings, it’s kind of mandatory.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is in the moving of energy, in which I bring to this reality through dance. I went NC A&T State University and majored in Animal Science was set to go to grad school to become a vet, but dance chose me to be a vessel. I got to where I am today by simply taking a chance on a dream and filling out an application, being a little farm girl from NC I knew nothing of the glitz and glam that is the ballroom industry. All I know is I had a dream of becoming the first African American 19 Dance champ as a personal goal, on a more grand scale of goals I want the whole world to dance with me. There will always be challenges, people, and circumstances that will get in the way when you are on this journey, long as you don’t give up you can never lose. lessons I have learned thus far, is that life is a feeling, the meaning of life is to feel and to not downplay or dim your light for those who cant handle it, create the space to be free, laugh at your self, and most importantly love you some you, and for my legacy to be that she could do it all
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
MOST DEF have to go to slutty vegan that is hands down one of my favorite places in the city, visit some of the beautiful scenic sites that GA has to offer such as the North east GA, first Sundays at the High Museum is free for those that love compelling art. The aquarium is also really dope, beautifully architected and a plethora of species, the beltline is really dope and free space to see some creative art and a tour through the city.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Must give my mentor, my rock, the wind beneath my wings, my mom’s a shout out ever since I was born, she has always pushed me to be my absolute best and make sure I was cultured so that I can adapt in the world, shouts out to the first guy I ever loved, the man with the plan, mister boss man himself my Dad, he taught me how to take no nonsense, have a hard work ethic and that self-care is the best care. Shouts out to my Professional Dance Partner & my Fairy Dance Muva Pierre Bush. Since the start of this Ballroom journey, he has been there every step of the way teaching me this craft and slaying any and every performance we are involved in, he has taught me how to own my power and hold my ground in this industry and am forever grateful to have cross paths let alone call one of my best friend and partner in time. Also shouts out to my O.G. Dance family that is on or played a part in this amazing dance journey with me, to Michelle, Jewel, Winston, Leah, Simone, James, Austin, Candice, jay and shouts out to all my students and clients that take a chance on dance everyday and allow me their trusts to guide them in the movement of the energy that is dance shouts out to all my friends family and strangers that support me by liking, saving, sharing, and commenting any of my creative content