Hawaii dancer returns home after touring with Nicki Minaj

Published: Mar. 14, 2013 at 2:52 PM HST|Updated: Mar. 14, 2013 at 5:08 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By Jade Storms

Originally from Honolulu, Cara Horibe is one of the lucky few from Hawaii who has made it big with her dancing career. Horibe just finished her first world tour with famed singer, Nicki Minaj for her "Pink Friday Reloaded" tour, and she is a member of the Fanny Pak crew, which appeared on season 2 and season 7 of America's Best Dance Crew.

Unable to be home for the holidays, Horibe is back in Hawaii this week visiting family, friends, and giving back to the community by teaching dance workshops at St. Andrew's Priory for Drill Team Hawaii, one of Hawaii's most prestigious dance teams.

Horibe started dancing when she was nine years old after seeing the dancers during the halftime show at University of Hawaii football games.

"Every time we came to the football games, when half-time would come up, my mom would watch drill team and tell my dad, 'oh wouldn't it be so cute if she danced during the half time shows too,'" Horibe said. "So then she enrolled me in dance from there and luckily I just fell in love with it."

Horibe's dancing career skyrocketed, and a few years later, she transferred from Drill Team Hawaii to 24/7 Dance Force where she trained until she moved to Los Angeles in 2006. Only two years later, her dance crew, Fanny Pak, gained popularity after appearing on the second season of America's Best Dance Crew and then returning to the popular MTV program for their seventh season.

Horibe says that while dancing has taken over most of her time, it's all worth it.

"You have to be passionate about it and really get yourself motivated to be able to stay in classes," Horibe said. "Sometimes you want to go out and go to the beach with your friends, or socialize and do fun stuff but you have to make sacrifices when you find something that you really love and want to pursue in life."

In addition to her dancing career, Horibe has found success on a personal level after meeting her boyfriend, Myke Dizon, who also happens to be another famous singer's lead dancer. Dizon has been Miley Cyrus' lead backup dancer for the past four years, and is the drummer for Miley's younger brother's band.

Horibe and Braison choreographed a dance number together to teach aspiring dancers. On Friday, March 15, they will be teaching at Castle High School from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

One of the biggest messages Horibe wants to convey to young dancers is to follow what's in your heart.

"You just never give up," Horibe said. "If you have a goal, whether it be dance or any other field, there's going be times when you have your moments of doubt and things feel a little too tough or maybe you feel like you don't have what it takes, but as long as you continue to hold true to your faith and work as hard as you possibly can, take it one step at a time and eventually you'll get there."

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