How to discover your talents, overcome the negatives, and reach your full potential with Huaskar ALCON
ABOUT THE GUEST
Huaskar ALCON is a professional dancer born in France in 1993. He was engaged very early in Latin music from his father, Bolivian, and his mother, who is French. He grew up becoming more and more receptive to different forms of arts.
Living in an HLM district of Nantes, he surrounds himself with other young people with the same interest in the Hip Hop culture, particularly for hip hop dance. He began to take more serious training in the streets and neighbourhood parks.
Huaskar is a fan of the dance group THE MISFITS, the first generation of MISFITS ACADEMY, a dance school. Along with other young friends from his neighbourhood, Huakar passed the audition for the 3rd generation of MISFITS ACADEMY.
After a-few-month training, the class evoked their desire to establish a dance group. Their coach, Charlie LUCCINI supported them and then became their Artistic Director.
In these early years, the rookies of the academy grew into THE ROOKIES. They won the double European Street Dance Champion titles and World Street Dance Champion in 2016.
After 10 years in this group, many Tours, Television shows, Huaskar started to expand his passion out of dance. He has organized a dance tour in America Latina, and he made a Youtube Series of that 1-month journey. He produced different videos, from dance videos to rap videos. Also, he worked on the staging for different singers for a festival and organized events in his city, Nantes.
Where are you from and how does that affect your work?
Huaskar: I grew up in Nantes, a city in the west of France. It is the place I discovered Hip Hop and that culture, which made me an artist today.
My father is from Bolivia. I have been there many times, which resulted in that today, I am able to mix my Inca culture with the Hip Hop culture in everything that I do. From my tattoos to my dance performances.
Since when you started dancing, and how did your life change after that?
Huaskar: I started dancing when I was 16/17 years old. Now I am 28 years old. It has been 10 years, you see. Dance has completely changed my life: I jumped outside of the box for the first time in my life.
My dream, goal, and purpose make me different from those around me.
Sometimes I envy the lives of people around me having: raising kids, purchasing properties, doing business, etc… However, I have been happy since I started dancing. There are ups and downs, but I am glad because I know I am fully in charge of my life, and I have the freedom to do whatever I want to do.
When did you decide to make dance your professional career?
Huaskar: I was in university when I first started dancing with my crew, THE ROOKIES, in 2012. Even though my studies were progressing well at the time, I still chose to drop out after two years of study. Because I have lost interest in my studies. You need to listen to your inner voice. I listened to mine, it told me that I should devote myself to what I am passionate about, which is dance.
What’s the achievement that makes you proud the most?
I’m proud of so many things in these 10 years. For example, I became World Champion in 2016 with my crew. I organised a tour in America Latina. I danced in Wembley Stadium with BTS.
What makes me proud the most is that I have been with my crew, The Rookies, for 10 years. We are a family.
Tell me about the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a dancer in your career and how did it affect your career and life?
In the dance world, in Hip Hop, you have to prove your own value if you want to have a career. So, a big title is a must-have. Before becoming World Champion, I had been getting through failures for 5 years.
It can be mentally challenging because you have to take that vast disappointment and frustrations repeatedly and constantly.
I kept the faith and kept moving forward. I kept failing, I allowed my myself to cry, after that I pushed myself back to training again until I made it.
I value the failures the moment when I achieve my goal because I know the way to success is made of failures.
After winning the title, everything changed in a sudden. Jobs and opportunities flock to me, I don’t really need to look for it by myself anymore.
What do people misunderstand about you most?
I always think that I’m doing too little, while people think I am doing too much.
People don’t understand how much I want to make my career and how much I would love to sacrifice it.
Is artist life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
I have been lucky to have my crew around since the beginning of my dance career. However, having people around you doesn’t mean you won’t feel lonely.
I’m constantly struggling, and it’s a lonely journey. I avoided being physically alone for a long time because I was afraid of it. Now, 10 years later, I’m enjoying being with myself.
I love myself. I love who I am and who I am going to be.
I believe that you must take care of yourself and regard yourself as your best friend.
What was the turning point in your life that caused you to refocus on a plan you’d made but never had the chance to put into action?
Two things happened in the last couple of years: my crew decided to stop working together and the breakup with my ex. I was depressed because everybody let me down at the moment. Then the lock-downs… It was not easy for dancers.
I realized that I didn’t have enough confidence in myself. I ever thought to build a career with my crew, but finally, I needed to make it myself.
I started to value myself more. I began working on personal projects to boost up my creativity. I can’t say that I’m totally healed from that, but I am now definitely in a better place. I am ready to become a worldwide recognized artist.
What do you think is the key to overcoming the negatives?
Take care of yourself. Feed yourself with good energy, good food, good new experiences. Take your time, focus on what you love, and be brave to say no to what you do want. Surround yourself with good people. These are the keys to overcoming the negatives.
When I have negative thoughts, I do not try to avoid them but understand them. It takes time, but life is all about balance. You will need the negatives in your life, just like you need the positives. Don’t try to avoid it.
Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?