Name: April Curtsinger Birthday: 1/12/89
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Last Team Danced For: Louisville Lightning
Professional Experience: This is April’s first stint in the professional dancing world. After she graduated from high school in 2007 she danced for the Louisville Fire Semiprofessional Arena Football Team as a Wildfire for their 2008-2009 season. Following the Louisville Fire, April danced one season as a Lady Saint with the Louisville Saints. This is April’s second season choreographing, managing, and coaching the Lightning Ladies Dance Team with best friend, Chelsea Nester.
Studio/High School: April began dancing at Step-N-Out Studio when she was about six years old. She danced there for five years where she received formal training in jazz, tap, and ballet. Among its highlights were performing at the Barnstable Brown Derby Party every year. April also took three years of formal/studio training at 360 Dance, taking classes in jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, and some modern. After 360 Dance she joined the DuPont Manual Dazzler’s dance team, where she received NDA National Championship Titles in 2004 (LV Jazz), 2006 (LV Pom), and 2007 (LV Pom).
Personal: April’s position with the Lightning Ladies is co-choreographer/coach/dancer with Chelsea Nester. She is currently in her 4th year at the University of Louisville studying Psychology with a concentration in Social Sciences. After graduating in May, April either intends to attend graduate school for counseling psychology or pick up where she left off with her major in Nursing to get her BSN. From a family of four, April is the youngest of two. When her father, Richard, was in the Marines he made his way to the Philippines where he fell in love with one adorable little Filipino lady, Evelyn, aka “Mom” after which they made a little Eric, her older brother. Richard and Evelyn put the icing on the cake with the little blessing known as April in 1989. April was born in Havelock, North Carolina and lived a small part of her young life in Birmingham, Alabama, but has grown up mostly in Louisville. April is also the proud owner of “the largest Pomeranian”, Roxy Ann, whom all strangers meet and instantly fall in love with.
Getting to know APRIL!
What is your most memorable moment in your dance career? My most memorable moment in my dance career would most definitely be winning Nationals in high school, being on the front of the webpage for the Fire, and most recently getting a chance to co-head the first dance team of the PASL!
What three words best describe you? Lots of fun…always, and in that order. You’ll never see me sad or without a smile on my face, therefore keep it happy around me people, only smiles for miles!! :)
Hobbies and Interests: I possess handy life skills like knitting and sewing, which make me an honorary old lady because I enjoy them very much. I also love to dance, from toe tapping in the car to dancing in front of any reflective surfaces, to full out performing in front of a crowd. I’m going to go ahead and put sarcasm in my interests and hobbies, because few people accurately possess the refined skills to pull of sarcasm effectively, and I do enjoy a good facetious remark every now and then. I like shopping, hanging out with friends, wearing my chucks, and playing on my Macbook.
Favorite TV shows: My current line up of shows I do believe compromise mostly reality TV. I like Tough Love, Bad Girls Club, Jersey Shore, Tool Academy, and generally anything where ridiculous people make fools of themselves on national television.
Most prized possession: My most prized possession is my Macbook. I have customized it to be a beautiful pretty in pink gift of the technological gods and I can’t imagine going a day without it!
Favorite guilty pleasure: I LOVE the whiskey shrimp from Stony River. I’m not necessarily the most nutritious of individuals, but even if you’re not a seafood lover, I highly recommend everyone try the whiskey shrimp at least once. It changed my life. I also always put splenda and lemons in my water in restaurants.
Favorite quote: “I don’t know how to tell you this, but I’m kinda a big deal….people know me” –Anchorman
What is the best part about being a professional dancer? I’d say making awesome friendships with the girls on the team and being a part of the games. When you get the big crowd applause for the first time after a performance is when it’s most rewarding.
Favorite movie: I’m cliché but I am madly in love with the Hangover right now. It was hilarious and I saw it three time in theaters.
Favorite music group/artist: I like Cute Is What We Aim For, Ronnie Day, Adelle, the Fray, Lady Gaga, and John Mayer