15 Questions for ... Susan From "Dance Moms Miami"
Want to find out what I'm really like? Read the below interview and tune in on Tuesdays at 9/8c to watch "Dance Moms Miami"!
Q: If I were a dance style, people would definitely call me…
A: “the Paso Doble or the Cha-Cha"
Q: What three adjectives better describe your personality?
A: Passionate, opinionated and funny
Q: Stress—how do you handle it?
A: When I am really stressed out, I grab my microphone and I start dancing. I love singing and I am good at it!
Q: What is your favorite way to unwind and spend “me time”?
A: Honestly I haven’t had any “me” time in a long time - the virtues of being a mother! But my ideal me time is having a mani/pedi, going to the spa, having a good meal with wine and reading a book and having soft music in the background.
Q: Do you cook? What is your favorite recipe?
A: I cook but my husband loves cooking more than me. He makes the perfect ratatouille. My favorite recipe is goulash, or food from my native country, Colombia: Ajiaco, Papas Chorreadas or Bandeja Paisa…(its all Spanish but sooo good)..LOL
Q: What is the best piece of advice that you ever received from your parents?
A: Both of my parents were perfectionists. My father was extremely passionate and always told me never be second best when first place is available. My mother always told me if you are going to do something be the best you can be. Those lessons are still carried on with my children.
Q: What is your biggest regret?
A: My regret is not pursuing dancing and singing when I was younger.
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve about other moms in the competitive dance world?
A: My pet peeve is when people let their “wins” go to their heads and then they come back to the studio with big egos. To me winning is good but it is forgotten the next day. It’s the attitude you take after you win that turns me off. Some mothers and children come back to the studio thinking their sh*t doesn’t stink - they feel superior to other children, yuk. I respect those that win and are humble. That is how I teach Jessi…love it, do it, there will always be someone better than you, and therefore give it all you have got and be humble.
Q: What lessons do you hope to teach your children as they grow up?
A: There are a few. The first is if you want something you to have to work for it. The second is don’t be mediocre, be the best you can be. The third is be true to yourself always.
Q: What would you prefer for your children after they graduate high school: Broadway or College?
A: Both: Jessi loves the stage and she was born to entertain, but I do want her to have a backup plan. Joey is an amazing wrestler and football player. He wants to join the NFL and I want him to have a backup plan.
Q: What were you like in high school?
A: I was a leader. I was the Spanish Club President, I was an Officer in ROTC, Leo Club President and I was a good student. I was pretty and popular and I had fun.
Q: What makes you feel sexy?
A: Looking good makes me feel sexy and I always have to smell good!
Q: What’s your idea of the perfect ladies’ night out?
A: Haven’t had one in a long time. But a night at a movie with the girls or going clubbing in the beach and a few drinks.
Q: What is your favorite idea of a romantic night out?
A: A nice dinner with candle light a stroll in the beach by the moonlight, I am the romantic type.
Q: What advice do you have for moms out there who think their child has what it takes to be a dance star?
A: As in everything in life, you have to work at it and give it all you have got. As dance moms, we have to push and support - that is our job. My advice is make sure they have proper training, expose them in competitions and dance conventions and use social media to get their names out there.
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