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Francheska Lopez- isolating body parts.

Francheska Lopez- isolating body parts.

Walking into Central Park on a summer’s day, expecting to find your friends in the crowd is essentially the same thing as asking your new friend at the bar if they’ve heard of that new tech start-up - vague and obscure; but not when you’re looking for someone as magnetic and majestic as Francheska Lopez, posing for a photographer.

The 25 year old dancer, has fine-tuned her practice since she was five years old. Francheska, or as her friends call her, Chess, studied Dance at SUNY Purchase and hoped to get a contract job: “I guess I’m on a different route, I’m doing a lot of free-lance”.

“I love going out and dancing with friends. I like 90’s hip hop and La Tigre”, said Chess. She recalled a night when she and seven friends decided to take over Quest Love’s night at Brooklyn Bowl. “After a couple drinks you get crazy, we started this kind of flash mob in the center of the dance floor”.

Although Chess wants to let loose and dance like a wild girl, she has a serious side to her. Chess performs to inspire. “The feeling of dancing with no judgments or fears feels amazing. I want people to leave saying, ‘holy shit’ and walk off inspired for a week”. She hopes that her audience can see that how authentic her dancing is and that it resonates in them to be true to themselves.

Working as a freelance dancer, has forced Chess to learn the art of collaboration on top of the art of dancing. Working with various artists has taught her how to channel their vision into her body: “I have to move my body as if I were placed into a new one”.

Chess has no shame dancing and twisting her body in the middle of the park, and it’s that same confidence that she hopes to pass on to her audience.

Article by Alexandra Coffey

Photography by Ruvi Leider Photography  

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Wayne Tucker- the freshest old soul

Wayne Tucker- the freshest old soul

On the Hoof - sharing intimacy.

On the Hoof - sharing intimacy.