Hello, I'm...

Rosa Arredondo

We looked far and wide for the right person to star in our piece on why Juliet pants are all about “dancing through life”. We knew immediately when we met Rosa Arredondo, a native New Yorker, who trained at the prestigious Ailey School, that we had the right person; she simply sparkled. We asked her how she fell in love with dancing and why it’s changed for her as she’s gotten older. 

Introduce yourself.

I’m Rosa Arredondo, and I’m an actress and dancer.

Where are you from?

I’m number five of nine children. My parents are from the Dominican Republic, and I was the first one born in the United States. I grew up in the Bronx and Queens. My older sisters used to call me “gringa” growing up.

Click to buy: Tyra Cold-Shoulder Ottoman Top, Cassie Silver-Tone Circle Earrings, Juliet Ankle Pants.

When did you start dancing?

I started dancing when I was eight. I wanted to be a ballerina. My parents had no clue about the dance world; they were trying to do more important things like keep food on the table. I used to make my older sister pretend that we were in a ballet company. She was always the guy, and I was the girl. Basically the game consisted of her lifting me. Dance was what I wanted to do, and that’s all I wanted to do. My real professional training started once I got into the scholarship program at The Ailey School right after high school. I had never seen such interesting, beautiful people. I discovered modern dance there, and I realized that I didn’t want to wear pointe shoes. The Alvin Ailey program brings people together from all over the world. I was exposed to so many different kinds of people and this technique. The dancers were so strong.

How has being a dancer impacted your outlook on life?

“Once a dancer, always a dancer,” they say. I feel like I compare everything to dance, but especially the details. Dancers pay attention to where their finger is when they do something with their foot. Dance frames my world, whether it’s counts, musicality, even understanding this relationship of space between me and the person next to me on the train. My husband is a firefighter, and he pays attention to detail too, but for a different reason.

Click to buy: Ponte Cape, Blake Clip-On Earrings, Velveteen Blazer, Emerson Clip-On Earrings.

How does dancing make you feel?

Dance is the most freeing thing in the world: that release of energy, that release of feeling in the brain. It’s expression without words. When I started doing a lot of acting, I approached every character like a dancer, because I felt like if I can move you with just movement, without saying a word, then I’ve got it. I love to watch people, especially children who are not dancers dance because there’s a real, sincere joy in people’s faces when they dance. The less technique they have, the less schooling they have, the more free they are because it’s a movement that literally comes out of how they are feeling in the moment. When people dance, they’re happy.

You just danced in our new Juliet Pants all day—how do you feel about them?

When I put the pants on, I used the word “delicious.” They were just delicious. They hug you just enough that you feel a little support, but they’re loose enough that you don’t feel like you are in something binding. I thought, “These are great airplane pants.” When you’re on a plane, you always want to look nice when you travel, but you also want to be comfortable.

As you’ve gotten older, how has your relationship to dance changed?

Click to buy: Foldover-Neck Mandie Pullover, Remi Hat, Cara Clip-On Earrings.

Your body is a beautiful instrument, and you only get one. You have to take care of yourself. And even if you can do what you used to be able to do, you don’t want to because you’re smarter. You always know the young dancers in the room; when the choreographers ask, “Who can do a backflip?” They go, “Me!” The old dancers are like, “I can do it, but I’m not going to.” I also have a better love and understanding for dance now. I enjoy it so much more now that the pressure of the performance part of it is off. As a result, my performance is actually better because it is coming from a place of love as opposed to a place of, “I have to do six pirouettes” or “I have to get my leg up here.”

Why do you think style is ageless?

I think style is ageless because everybody wants to look good and feel good, regardless. I think about my grandmother at 93 who’d never leave the house without lipstick, and always threw her scarf around her neck. It doesn’t matter how young or how old you are; you want to feel good about the way you look.

What inspires you?

The simplest things like, relationships between people, love between people. The other day, I was at a restaurant and there was a man who came in with his son who was physically challenged. Throughout my entire meal, I just watched these two people. I watched how the man fed his son, and gave him his water, and kept hugging him. In between each morsel of food, he would hug him and kiss him on the head. It was so beautiful, the love and connection between these two people. I think that inspires me above everything else, that interaction between people.

Why are you dancing through life?

Why not? Given the choice to sit it out or dance, why not dance?

You May Also Like

37 Responses

  1. glendakstyle

    I saw the commercial with Rosa, and she made me smile. I could feel her energy. Alvin Ailey is one of my favorite dance groups. I try to see their performance whenever they’re in Southern California.

  2. Yes, I am inspired by Rosa, I too, have been a dancer all of my life! There is nothing like it. It lives in your soul and makes you amazingly happy. I love the arts and dancing is forever in my mind and body. A person learns so much through dance. It is spiritual.

  3. Joyce

    Dancing makes me happy…been dancing since childhood. My mother inspired me–she loved dancing and used to dance around the house as she performed her housewifely duties! She would always encourage me to get up and dance with her. I would…and continue to do so today even though she’s gone–I can still see and feel her dancing:)

  4. Adriana

    Great commercial and Rosa glows , her energy and spirit shine . Glad to see Latin ladies modeling your beautiful clothes . ❤️❤️❤️

  5. I see you don’t monetize your page, don’t waste your traffic,
    you can earn extra bucks every month because you’ve got hi quality content.
    If you want to know how to make extra bucks, search for: Boorfe’s tips best adsense alternative

  6. Rosa, you are by far my favorite model for Chicos clothes. You look awesome in anything you model. Your smile is infectious and I can’t help but also smile when I see you in the photo.

  7. I have noticed you don’t monetize your blog, don’t waste your traffic, you can earn additional bucks every month.
    You can use the best adsense alternative for any type of website (they approve all websites), for more details
    simply search in gooogle: boorfe’s tips monetize your website

  8. Hello. I have checked your chicos.com and i see you’ve got some duplicate content so probably it is the reason that you don’t rank high
    in google. But you can fix this issue fast. There is a tool
    that rewrites articles like human, just search in google:
    miftolo’s tools

  9. I was suggested this blog by my cousin. I am
    not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else
    know such detailed about my difficulty. You are wonderful!

  10. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d definitely
    donate to this fantastic blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding
    your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward
    to fresh updates and will talk about this blog with my Facebook group.
    Talk soon!

  11. My spouse and I absolutely love your blog
    and find a lot of your post’s to be what precisely I’m looking for.
    Does one offer guest writers to write content for you?
    I wouldn’t mind publishing a post or elaborating on many of the subjects you write related to
    here. Again, awesome web site!

  12. My partner and I stumbled over here different page
    and thought I may as well check things out. I like what I see so
    now i’m following you. Look forward to going over your web
    page yet again.

  13. Howdy I am so happy I found your blog page, I really found you
    by accident, while I was looking on Yahoo for something else,
    Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say thanks
    a lot for a tremendous post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to browse it
    all at the minute but I have book-marked it and also added
    in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read
    more, Please do keep up the great jo.

  14. Today, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iPad and tested to see if it can survive a
    40 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and
    she has 83 views. I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  15. Hello! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog
    before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyhow, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back frequently!

  16. You really make it appear so easy together with your presentation however I to find this matter
    to be actually one thing which I feel I might never understand.
    It kind of feels too complicated and extremely vast
    for me. I’m taking a look forward in your subsequent submit, I will try
    to get the dangle of it!

  17. You’re so cool! I do not suppose I’ve read through anything like that before.
    So good to find somebody with original thoughts on this subject matter.
    Really.. thank you for starting this up. This web site is one
    thing that is needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

  18. Hi! I know this is kinda off topic however , I’d figured I’d ask.

    Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest
    writing a blog article or vice-versa? My blog goes over a
    lot of the same subjects as yours and I feel we could greatly benefit from each other.

    If you happen to be interested feel free to
    send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Awesome blog by the

  19. Hey! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any issues with hackers?
    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing several weeks of
    hard work due to no back up. Do you have any solutions to
    prevent hackers?

  20. After exploring a few of the blog posts on your web page,
    I seriously like your way of blogging. I
    book-marked it to my bookmark website list and will be checking
    back in the near future. Take a look at my web site too and tell me
    what you think.

  21. You could certainly see your expertise in the work you write.
    The world hopes for more passionate writers like you who
    aren’t afraid to mention how they believe. At all times
    go after your heart.

  22. Hmm it looks like your site ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say,
    I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything.

    Do you have any recommendations for inexperienced blog writers?
    I’d definitely appreciate it.

  23. Superb website you have here but I was wanting to know
    if you knew of any discussion boards that cover the
    same topics discussed here? I’d really like to be a
    part of online community where I can get responses from other experienced individuals that share the same interest.
    If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Thanks a lot!

Leave a Reply