Today on “Real Gauchos”, Paul Rivas interviews Parsons Dance company performer Melissa Ullom on knowing at age 11 that she wanted to be a dancer, graduating high school in three years and not going to college until seven years later, auditions being a buzz of hopes and dreams, having a supportive mom, eating saltines and canned beets with spray butter living on her own in Texas at age 17, the finances of dance, waitressing to make it happen, switching from ballet to modern dance, quitting dance to get an ‘edumacation’, how dance pieces are written, collaborating with choreographers, transferring from Santa Barbara City College to UCSB and graduating early in art history, trying to make it in New York City, trying again to make it in New York City, actually making it with Parsons Dance, being in the zone, longevity, and how to pursue a dance career.

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