Wow, wow, wow, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged!
Things have been crazy and moving so fast I’m not even sure where to begin, so I’ll just cut to the chase and fast forward to the realization that I’ve been having recently!
If you were to ask me last year what my main goal was at the time it would be to be signed with a dance agency.
Interestingly enough, the past couple of months have opened a bunch of doors that would have otherwise gone unnoticed for me if I hadn’t known some of the people that I was introduced to by a fellow dancer. These people are dancers that have been dancing for YEARS since before I was even born, and have been so kind and giving with me because they recognize the potential within. You can see them performing just about every week out on Hollywood Boulevard. That’s right, I’m talking about street performers.
I went out to Hollywood Blvd. for a mini-rehearsal tonight and ended up freestyling shortly here and there, and came home with a little more confidence in myself and a better understanding of where I am as a dancer, to boot.
I know a bunch of dancers out here in LA and even some back home in Arizona who started out as strictly freestyle dancers or in crews that would compete in competitions, etc, who eventually started furthering their craft by diving into technique classes (which, for the Arizonans is where our paths really crossed).
I guess you could say that I realized this last year, but I don’t think I had fully accepted it until tonight- I am the complete opposite of the dancers I just described. I started in technique classes, I’ve done plenty of choreography in my dance journey, and now I want to learn how to freestyle.
As some of you may or may not know, part of my passion for dance comes from the freedom it gives me. Even less of you may know that improvisation was one of my favorite things to do in dance class for the reason listed above. Improv is one of the places in dance that has no rules (unless we’re given structure by our instructors). I can throw in whatever styles I want, dance as small or big as I want, move as hard or soft as I want, to the music or not.
Freestyling is a lot like improv, but with the goal of dancing within the means of the music. A different challenge, but a challenge for me nonetheless.
So to sum things up for those that are lost… I’m shifting my mindset. I want to take some time away from classes and learn from people who have been making part of their living by dancing and sharing their passion with passerby on the street. Probably one of the most frequent and strongest suggestions that I’ve heard when it comes to street styles – whether it be popping, locking, breaking, house, waacking, vogueing, etc.- is to learn from the source. These wonderful people are just about as close as I’m going to get to the source for the time being, free of charge, and I feel it’d be crazy not to take this opportunity to learn!
That all being said, I feel it necessary to make it a point to say that I have absolutely nothing against people taking classes at whatever studio you may choose! I’ll be back to taking classes as soon as I’m financially able to. I just wanna take the opportunity to learn from some very seasoned dancers who are willing to train me without cost! 😉
I’ve made the decision to go out and learn from and perform alongside of some of the dancers that make their appearance out on Hollywood Blvd. Freestyling is still a very new thing for me so I’m super nervous about doing it…which I take as a sign that it HAS to be done! haha
And now for the condensed version!!
- Instead of constantly trying to break into the dance industry by getting an agency on my side, I’ve decided to carve my own path for the time being. Once I’ve gained enough knowledge, I’ll make a decision on whether an agent or manager is what I should be looking for. 🙂
- I’m gonna be street performing here and there as part of my street-style training! I am all sorts of nervous, but keep an eye out for me if you frequent the Hollywood/Highland area. I have no set dates in mind or anything of that sort but when I feel ready, you’ll definitely know where I’m at thanks to social media. 😉
- For those of you in my Elite Team fam, this post is my scary thing for the month of October!! EEK!!
That about wraps things up!! Thank you to everyone being so supportive! For those of you who dance with me on a company or on a team, don’t worry, I’m not dipping out on y’all!! Just doing some rearranging to my dance journey! See you all soon!!