Selin Spühler is a 27-year-old dancer from Van Nuys, California. She is a professional dancer.

“Being such a small country, I always challenge and encourage all Swiss dancers to use that to your advantage to work hard and to stay focused.”

How has where you are from positively impacted your dance experience?

I come from a classical ballet background. This has taught me all the discipline. I am very grateful for my way of learning, for my teachers. It has taught me that there is always more to achieve, that settling down is not the way to go. You can get comfortable fast, but if you really wanna get places, you have to keep working every day.

How do you want to use dance to make a positive influence on the world around you?

I have started working in production more and more, often surrounded by dancers, other dancers that “transition” into a new world. Dancers just have that feel. They have an eye for certain things, a discipline, a way of working, a way of picking up and learning fast. And I think this comes within life as well. I believe dancers are more aware of their surroundings, know how to entertain and know when it’s enough.

What would you tell the world about your culture of dance?

I’m not gonna lie to you, there is not much of a culture when it comes to dance in Switzerland. What we do learn, though, is hard work and staying humble. So I encourage all Swiss dancers to keep that and really run with it. There is nothing over a hard working and humble person. Also, keep learning about other cultures, keep learning where it comes from where was it originated and do it the right way. There is nothing worse than taking from a culture and not knowing and, on top of that, doing it the wrong way. Please keep honoring what and where we learn from.

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