Chi Lopes moved to LA at 18 years old and has worked as a professional performer for 10 years. She has also lived and worked in New York City, Las Vegas and the Bahamas.
She began her training at in Arizona and here in Franklin. She attended Columbia State Community College to attain the Commercial Entertainment degree. In LA, she trained at Edge, Millenium and Debbie Reynolds.
This past summer, Chi opened Shy Dance Productions to give dancers more opportunities to learn from working professional performers and choreographers in a positive environment. Chi’s experience and positive spirit make her a wonderful addition to the ROOTS Dance Mentor Team, and she is so excited to begin to invest in the students.
Her career highlight to date was touring the world with “Beatle” Paul McCartney (“probably the most famous rock star alive,” she says). She’s also worked with Justin Timberlake on a movie set.
Chi has star power of her own. She was named one of the top 10 commercial and technical dancers in Los Angeles by Dance Track magazine. But the thing she’s most passionate about is mentoring our future generation of dancers.
“With the wealth of knowledge and experience I have, I’m able to pour a lot into our future generation of performers. Since I’m so versatile in the dance world having worked on tour, live shows, musicals, music videos, movies, tv shows, award shows, commercials, corporate shows, print, runway, I have a wide range of creativity to pull from when choreographing and staging. As a watcher and a dancer, I want things to be really entertaining, so all my stuff will always have some extra special, one-of-a-kind, original content in it!
Past students consistently say they have fun with Chi but are always challenged to grow.
When she’s not working, she loves spending time at home with her husband and little girls.
Here’s a little more about Chi.
Where do you look for creative inspiration?
I have daydreams and dreams, listening to music, looking at fashion. I’m a very imaginative person who thrives on originality.
What is your favorite downtime activity to reduce stress?
Yoga and a reflexology massage.
Of all the places you have traveled, which is your favorite?
Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Paris, Japan! I can’t pick one.
What type of dance did you grow up doing?
ALL styles, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, tap, ballet.
Is it the same now?
No, everything has changed. I started doing contemporary when there was no contemp, it was Dee Caspary. Also class conduct is so different, and there are more fusion styles now. There is not as much focus on technique, unfortunately.
What is your favorite all time movie and why?
The Illusionist – just all around great talent, acting, writing, very creative, surprising, romantic.
What is your favorite quote?
“No one should seek their own good but the good of others.” The above quote is from the Bible; it helps me stay humble by putting others/helping others before myself. It keeps life meaning in perspective by not focusing on me, my wants, my needs!