*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
Q: My name is Quiana “Ice” Atherly and I proudly rep the DMV. I’m a professional video, stage dancer and performer. I was also a contestant on the dance competition Born to Dance: Laurieanne Gibson on BET.
Have you had any professional training or education in dance?
Q: No professional training. A little basic training in ballet and more in modern and hip hop when I was in high school, but nothing extensive. I only started dancing when I was about 15 years old.
How did you hear about the show, Born to Dance: Laurieann Gibson?
Q: I actually heard about the audition from a friend who watched the announcement on 106 & Park. I’d never been to an audition of that sort, so I decided to try and get some experience, never thinking I’d make it, just praying. I didn’t think I was skilled enough.
What was the audition process like?
Q: The audition process was very extensive and tedious. A 16 hour day for the first New York audition and then the top 40 audition was very long also. It was so nerve wrecking thinking of all the possibilities that would come out of that situation.
The show seemed like an extension of the audition process. What was it like being filmed throughout that process?
Q: It was a little difficult waking up everyday having to compete towards something you love so much. The pressure was definitely on and we had little to no time to rest. Being filmed everyday was very awkward, but that was the least of our worries. We had something bigger and better to be focused on.
What have you taken away and learned from the whole experience?
Q: I learned a lot about the industry and how it works and the show/competition built my faith stronger than it’s ever been. Laurieann taught us to know our worth and to fight for what we believe in. Trusting what’s inside of you can be so powerful; no one can stop you.
What other professional dancing experiences have you had?
Q: I have always worked with local DMV artists, but I’ve recently worked with Laurieann herself with an up and coming artist recently signed to Interscope, Jordy Towers. The video should be released soon, along with his single. I’m currently looking to sign with an agent and once I’ve taken that step, mountains will be moved! If you follow me on twitter you can stay up to date with all of my up and coming projects, classes, etc.
Anything you would like to share with those who watched and were inspired by the show to dance?
Q: Trust the gift inside of you, whatever it may be.
Let’s talk about hair! So why did you make the decision to go natural?
Q: I first decided to grow my hair out and go natural because I realized I could manage it without using such harsh chemicals as relaxers.
When and how did you transition into natural hair?
Q: I decided junior year of high school (2009) to quit relaxing my hair. I simply transitioned into natural hair by slowly trimming away at the relaxed hair and letting my new growth blossom.
In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
Q: Going natural was not the easiest! I was so used to a lack of a routine for maintenance. I went from simple everyday styles to having to constantly maintain my hair. Sometimes it’s a bit overwhelming, but change is beautiful.
How would you describe your hair?
Q: I’d have to describe my hair first as being thick, thick, thick! That has always been my hairdresser’s comments. I have so much hair! I have a mother with a straight grade of hair and lots of volume and a father with a small coil; thus producing wavy hair with a slight medium coil. Right now I find my hair to be dry because of hair dye, but usually my hair holds in moisture.
What is your regimen?
Q: Usual style for me is a quick rinse and air dry, but sometimes I apply a little Kemi Oyl to my ends. When I flat iron I’ll use some CHI Silk Infusion Serum. I’m actually in the process of finding new and natural products to use. I usually opt to not put anything in my hair at all rather than too much.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
Q: I too often make the mistake of not trimming my ends. IT IS NOT PRODUCTIVE FOR GROWTH! I can’t believe at some point I went a year plus without a trim. Now I can’t stand it!
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
Q: The best thing I do for my hair is a deep condition almost every other day or after I use heat on my hair. I use Motions Critical Protection & Repair Treatment Conditioner. I’m also in the process of finding a good brand of Keratin treatments for my hair.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Q: I can always be contacted through Twitter. Follow @the_realice. New website in progress!
See if you can spot Quiana in the footage below from her New York audition for the BET show Born to Dance: Laurieanne Gibson. She’s dancer #2051.