Zackery Torres opens with the pressures of dancing on television.
the Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition and Dance Moms alum, who came out as transgender in May and uses he / she pronouns, spoke to Sixth page on the difficulties of being an interpreter on the programs.
“It was the first time that I really understood what it meant to be intimidated into dancing a certain way,” the 22-year-old said of his time on Lifetime shows. “I don’t really know who’s to blame. I think we have the system to blame, and I think that’s something we all need to be aware of and keep talking about.”
Zackery also shared that his mother Gina Torres didn’t like the backstage drama. “That’s always what baffled her, like ‘These people are a little mean,'” they explained.
The dancer added, “There are a lot of bad moments that really made me back down as a youngster and be on this TV show.”