Andy Luo grew up in Tampa, Florida and now lives in Mission Viejo, California. He began dancing back in high school when a friend introduced him to Popping. Being one of two people in the entire school that could pop it was pretty easy to impress everyone, which motivated him to keep learning and improve.
After high school, Andy attended college at the University of Southern California, where he earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering and a MS in Aerospace Design. Working as an Aerospace Engineer his long-term goals were to start an aerospace consulting firm.
When Andy first arrived at USC he was looking for a hip hop crew to practice with. Not knowing that hip-hop in southern California usually referred to choreo teams he found himself on C3 and eventually Syde Projekt. After several years, as he was about to leave the choreo scene, he was introduced to Sickstep. Having more elements of freestyle he eventually joined the team and first met most of the members of Quest. Having sustained a shoulder injury Andy put dance on hold while trying to rehabilitate his injury, eventually working his way back to training. Finally, after several more years, Andy was asked to be an official member of Quest.
Andy stays motivated through draining times by focusing on his love of dance and the enjoyment of fans. He confides that having an 8-5 job can be mentally draining sometimes and anytime he has the opportunity to dance (sometimes even at work when nobody’s watching) he takes full advantage!
Failure is Andy’s greatest fear and one of his toughest challenges to deal with. Learning to balance his engineering career while also keeping up with Quest Crew, without nearly enough hours in a day, is his second toughest challenge. However, inner-driven by nay sayers, Andy says for every “You can’t,” he likes to show them “I will, I can, and I did!”
Andy is most touched by people who have overcome adversity and succeeded despite the obstacles they may have faced. He gives credit to his brother, Chong Luo, as being a huge influence in shaping his successes. Without Chong’s support and guidance, Andy says, he never would have developed a “Go-get-em” attitude which has opened the door to many opportunities in his life.
Aside from a successful career as an Aerospace Engineer, Andy would enjoy performing more often with his Quest teammates, and is also striving toward receiving Crossfit certifications within the coming year. He enjoys working out and cites finishing brutal Crossfit workouts as his most proud moments. For relaxing activities, Andy enjoys feeding his turtle and sleeping in on the weekends.
Andy offers a three-step plan to success:
– Step #1: Set your goals. You can’t succeed until you’ve decided where you want to develop your success.
– Step #2: Plan ahead. It’s rare that you’ll reach those goals unless you devise some sort of a plan on how to get there.
– Step #3: Never give up. Use every failure and every naysayer as motivation because in the end when you finally reach your goal, success will be that much sweeter.
A message from Andy, to you: “We appreciate all the support that you all have shown us. We couldn’t enjoy nearly the same success without your continued support. I hope that if anything we can inspire each of you to pursue your dreams and passions.”