Written by Monica Sorenson
Getting to Know Franny:
Franny Eve is an easy-going breath of fresh air with an underlying drive to succeed in balancing her passions in life. She talked with great enthusiasm about her perseverance in her studies and dreams to become a teacher, as well as her devotion to the art of go-go dancing. Franny is easy to chat with and she offered me some great tips on fitness and healthy eating during this interview. I hope you get a chance to meet her at one of Groove International’s upcoming events. Franny is determined to have it all and have fun while doing it!
Please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got your start in entertainment, specifically, go-go dancing.
I got started in entertainment in high school when I was on dance team and developed my love for performing. Once at arelaxed black light runway shows I knew I would have the flexibility to express myself as I got to the end of the stage. Wearing a pair of fluffies with the designer bikini I was modeling, I performed an impromptu go-go dance for the crowd and with a great response from the audience. Before I left the stage, a woman handed me her business card. I went home and called the number and found out that she was the owner of a new San Diego club opening up and she wanted to have me as a resident dancer! The rest is history. It was my first experience of practicing “Fake it till you make it”.
When you are performing, what motivates you to give your very best?
Of course the music is the biggest motivation, I like a lot of bass and different genres of music. The crowd however motivates me even more than that. A room full of people that are excited and enjoying the music is contagious and helps me perform better. Eye contact and smiles from the audience are super important! I want to know that people enjoy my performance.
How important is your appearance in your profession?
Appearance is important because you want people to enjoy watching you. That being said, energy and passion is even more important. I sometimes see go-go dancers who don’t necessarily have a great physique but they have tons of energy and they love what they do. These are my favorite entertainers.
What do you do to enhance your appearance and fitness level?
I practice yoga every day. If I cannot do it for a full 30-50 minutes, I always get at least 10 minutes in. I also experiment with different types of yoga to learn new ways to stretch and move my body. I drink fruit/vegetable smoothie
Tell us more about the impact of exercise and healthy eating in helping you succeed?
Fitness and a healthy diet are two keys to my success because when I feel my best, I perform my best. Meditation is also a major game changer. I meditate whenever possible in the day and every night before I sleep. This practice keeps me positive and helps me manifest what I want into my life.
What is the best part about professional dancing?
The best part about professional dancing is that my job does not feel like work, it is play. And who wouldn’t want to get paid to play?
What do you find to be the most challenging about your job?
This can be a challenging job because go-go dancing is such a competitive job scene and not all employers treat dancers with respect. It brings me great joy to dance with Groove International because this is a company that honors the dancers’ needs and the quality of talent we bring to the performance.
I understand that you are planning to teach as well as continuing to dance. How will you balance your two passions?
I am in school right now to complete my teaching credential. My degree is in English Education. My long term goal is to either create or join an alternative school that incorporates not only regular school subjects, but gives students important tools to use in everyday life that will help them achieve their dreams. I am always finding innovative ways to reach students in new ways and make learning interesting for them. For now, I plan to complete my teaching classes and then take some time off before student teaching to perform as much as possible because right now, this is what makes my heart smile the most.
What advice would you give to other young women who are interested in this field?
I would say always see your body as a work in progress. I always do. I am by no means perfect, but I can continue to set goals and continue reaching higher. For aspiring dancers, never stop dancing. Always take different types of dance classes and learn to dance to every kind of genre there is. Don’t be afraid to go to auditions because if there’s a chance you won’t get it, there is also a chance that you will. Never be afraid to shine. Positive thinking goes a long way! It took me three tries before I got into my high school dance team and I am so happy that I never gave up.
What are your aspirations for the future? Where do you see yourself in ten years?
My biggest dream as far as gogo dancing goes had been to dance for Ultra Miami Music Festivals and to dance internationally. During Spring Break, I accomplished my goal of becoming an Ultra Angel and travelled to Miami to perform on some of the biggest stages. This was one of the best experiences of my life. Yesterday I just got a modeling agent and this year I plan to get an acting agent. In ten years, I will have accomplished all of these goals and I will also be teaching kids and adults alike to love themselves and become successful in whatever they choose to do because that is what life is for!