Gaby Diaz

Interview Highlights
Q: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you as a performing artist?
"The pandemic definitely caused a lot of stress, especially with the first announcement of shelter-in-place, Broadway shutting down, and the production of the movie I was working on stopping. Everything came to a halt. My first reaction was to freak out about how I was going to pay to live. The fact this will happen for an indefinite amount of time is alarming for a lot of performing artists who work and live paycheck by paycheck. You can try to save up as much as you can in NYC, but it’s an expensive city, and every check that comes in is important. Not knowing when you will have your next check is scary. It has been an interesting time for me to turn inward and give my body a rest because I easily get so obsessed about working as much as possible to make as much money as possible, so I don't know how to relax. I’m trying to stay sane and not worry about the money right now because I know I am not the only person feeling this way."

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Born and raised in Miami, FL, Gaby Diaz started dancing at the age of 3 and trained in various styles growing up. In 2015, she was crowned America’s Favorite Dancer for season 12 of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance and went on to perform on tour alongside Season 12’s Top Ten. Gaby was also seen performing in Jennifer Lopez’s Las Vegas show, “All I Have”, as an All Star on Seasons 13 and 14 of So You Think You Can Dance, and on tour with Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound Company. Most recently, Gaby can be seen performing as an apprentice with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.