Rota lass accepted to L.A. dance camp


Since her early teens on Rota, Zhee Frazier has found joy, expression, and even friends through dancing. Now, at the urging of a friend and fellow local dancer Ray Lizama, Frazier wants to widen her talents on the floors of the Lifestyle Latitude Dance Academy this October, where she has been accepted for the second time.

Frazier said she was supposed to attend the dance workshop with Lizama in June but was forced to back out due to a lack of funds.

Zhee Frazier, center, finds joy, expression, and even friends through dancing. (Contributed Photo)

Zhee Frazier, center, finds joy, expression, and even friends through dancing. (Contributed Photo)

Frazier, who goes by the handle “Zheelicious” in her YouTube account, said she previously felt her dance opportunities were limited not only because of funds but because of her Philippine citizenship. But by doing research, she informed herself of the qualifications she would need to travel and the opportunities available to her.

“I just really want to do this,” she said.

To help her to do this, a Happy Hour fundraising is set for tonight at the 360 Restaurant in Susupe. Unlimited appetizers, raffle prizes, and entertainment will be provided for $25.

Frazier said her friend, Lizama, came back from the academy with the inspiring experience of dance activities led by famous choreographers

According to Frazier, only 16 dancers were chosen for October’s dance camp.

“Since space is limited, I was lucky to be one of those chosen,” she said.

Frazier said part of registration was answering why she wanted to join the dance camp. She said she managed to convince them about her passion for dancing and the fact that she is representing Rota and Saipan.

“I am actually more nervous [than excited]” she said.

Frazier said she dances in many forms, but enjoys contemporary dancing the most, especially lyrical dance, for its expression of words and music through one’s body.

As to how a terrible dancer could improve on this artistic form, Frazier said dancing is really about passion and determination to learn and be the best dancer you can be.

“It’s not about being good. [It’s] the drive, working to learn, by being better than what you were yesterday,” Frazier said.

She said she intends to teach and share what she learns from the camp when she returns to the island.

For more information on tonight’s fundraiser Frazier can be reached at 785-2031. For more information on the dance camp, visit

Dennis B. Chan | Reporter
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