Center Stage: Ok, Ashna… the third of the Govil family to come through Center Stage!
Ashna Govil: Yeah, I made it!
CS: You did! How long have you been with us?
AG: Well, I’ve been with you since I was four, but when I was born I was here.
CS: Do you remember who you started with?
AG: I started with Karen, we did Ease on Down the Road
CS: AH, in our Little Kids Show!
CS: And you started in Marlboro
AG: Yes, that was Marlboro
CS: Well from there, what happened?
AG: Well that was Tap and then after that I started taking Monday Tap with George and did Kittens
CS: And onward?
CS: You are currently in JAZZ CATS and Tap CATS
CS: Tap, Jazz, Lyrical…. Anything, what was your favorite dance in ALL the years you’ve been with us?
AG: I love TAP, so I would say Rush Hour was fun. When I did HipHop we had some good dances in competition too
CS: Rush Hour, is a pretty intense number, which you won with… but why does that stick with you?
AG: It’s really fun to perform. When you are doing it you don’t realize how intrigued the Audience is. It’s such a different experience doing it versus watching it
CS: George is known for is acapella tap, but this year you are working on a piece with music. What do you like better?
AG: I would say the acapella, maybe because I am used to it. I feel like it’s so different. You never see a tap dance that is acapella, I think it’s really interesting
CS: So your siblings have been here. Akash (brother) was here, he was in the Dawgz Company and HipHop company. When you were younger watching him perform did you want to be in company, because your brother was in it?
AG: Yeah, he definitely influenced me. My sister was always in theatre and voice… two different sides
CS: You were influenced by both?
AG: Oh yeah definitely
CS: Do you think being here at Center Stage has benefited your life, because you were able to do all these activities?
AG: Yeah I really think it’s given me confidence especially because it’s broken me out of my shell, taking acting with Stephen especially. It’s such a difference. I feel like my public speaking even , everything has gotten so much better because I’ve been here and I know how to perform. I’ve learned how to be professional, it’s very professional here.
CS: So it’s more than just a dance school
CS: Of all the teachers here, who has been the most memorable/influential?
CS: Because you’ve spent so much time with him?
AG: Yes that, and I feel like he’s my second father… honestly!
CS: Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
AG: No, it’s a great thing! He’s taught me a lot. Like I said before, in terms of like performing and acting everything… .everything that I have learned comes from George. My attitude, everything… it’s great.
CS: Is he tough?
AG: Is George tough? Yeah, he can be. (Laughing) He gets mad at me when I don’t wear black socks! (for costumes at competition)
CS: That’s it! That’s what you’re taking away from this? So when you get dressed for some formal event you’ll always remember to put on black socks?
AG: Well, when I have to wear a black suit!
AG: Yeah, but it really is!
CS: Any other teachers?
AG: I would say Jenn (Taddei). She’s very inspirational in terms of dance and choreography. She knows what she wants and she’s so motivating!
CS: Any dance with her you’ve found memorable?
AG: In terms of watching… I love when the CATS did Window, such a great number. I enjoyed doing Soulshine
CS: So you’re graduating, what’s next?
CS: Ok… Where?
AG: I’m all over the map so I have no idea!
CS: Number one choice, there has to be a number one
AG: I’m looking at Florida schools
CS: Why is that?
AG: I want hot weather. My whole life has been cold weather. So the University of Central Florida, Miami University, University of Florida, Florida State
CS: So what do you want to do?
AG: I have 2 completely different things that I want to do. It’s either the medical field or something along those lines or something involving foreign affairs , political science. Maybe, mixing them together, maybe in the CIA!
CS: So 10 years from now what will you be doing?
AG: So I’ll be 28, I don’t know… 28 is that too early to start a family?
CS: Do you want to have a family?
AG: Yeah! And I feel if I settle down it will probably be in New York or New Jersey, I’ll be back here
CS: Oh, so your kids will go to Center Stage?
CS: So going back, instead of 10, what about 5 years from now?
AG: I don’t know, maybe the CIA. Maybe a doctor in the CIA. Or the White House doctor. I don’t know, I have big dreams, weird dreams!
CS: That’s ok, no one should ever stomp on your dreams, they’re your own unique to everyone
CS: So, you’ll graduate in June from here and you’ll visit?
AG: Oh, absolutely
CS: Good, because I keep track!
AG: (laughing) ok!