QUESTION: The cast of Bunheads seems like such a close group. Do you guys have fun together on set? JEANINE: We have SO much fun! It's weird because it's the first time I'm kind of the older one of the group. On SYTYCD, I was sort of the baby. It's that pure girlfriend time between takes. We chat about movies and dance a lot and just all that fluff that is so fun to dwell on. They are so fun, and I love them to death! They're helping celebrate my birthday with me this weekend. We're going camping...in my backyard.
QUESTION: Happy birthday Jeanine! What would you say to someone who loves to dance but does not have the resources (money, studio, etc) to keep dancing like they used to?
JEANINE: Thank you very much for the birthday love! A big part for me was to find ways to keep myself inspired. It's easier and easier to find opportunities now. YouTube is a great resource for dancers, learning about new styles and things like that. Or going to competitions and performances. You can just look at dancers and absorb that. Making those performances available to you is a good way to just get inspired!
QUESTION: Hi Jeanine! I saw one of your interviews about you leaving Miami to follow your dreams, how tough was it for you to leave your home at a young age? It’s so wonderful to hear that your family is being so supportive.
JEANINE: It was a moment I had anticipated for so long, so I was excited to make the move. A couple weeks in, it really hit me that I was on my own now (in a sense) and that I was away from my safety net. My family was so supportive though, always reminding me, "We’re right here." I couldn't have done it without that. They are so important.
QUESTION: What's your favorite memory from So You Think You Can Dance?
JEANINE: This moment right now is so beautiful because we're still receiving so much support from the SYTYCD fans. I'm so overwhelmed that it's still going on and people are still here for me and tuning in. I'm a lucky lady! It's been a good birthday.
QUESTION: When you're dancing in front of a live audience, you can feed off their energy and get immediate feedback. But you don't have that ability on TV. Is there another element working in TV to help you know if you've really nailed a scene?
JEANINE: I would say probably for me, working on this show, what's been my biggest assurance is having people like Sutton excited and hearing her say good things--that's how I know I'm creating good work. But because it's on film, I'm just as nervous and anxious and excited as they are until I see it. It's a different type of excitement because you're really just putting yourself out there and hoping for the best.
QUESTION: Do you still attend classes to brush up on your skill set or to learn new routines?
JEANINE: Hell yeah! Actually, between watching the east coast and west coast airings, I'm going to take a class. Getting ready for the show, I was taking at least one ballet class per day. It's crucial! I'd be there even more if I wasn't working. I will be 100 and still in class getting inspired, I can promise you that!