My Letter to Dance

Hello friends and family!

Where to begin! I've been working hard to bring something to life that combines practically every facet of my life thus far: events, marketing, outreach, education, nature, sustainability, and finally, dance. First, I want to start this with a few personal words on why I believe in the power of dance companies, and my own commitment to continuing the movement for the next generation.

In my life, dance has given me friends, faith, memories, and more. I can honestly say that I would not be where I am professionally or personally without it. Through UIC Primo Dance Troupe, Puzzle League, Ascension Performing Arts and many others, I met lifelong friends, future roommates, and even a long term partner. I've been exposed to diverse cultures and ideas and art forms that have inspired me in life and work. I learned how to be a functioning adult -- how to be accountable, work hard, tackle goals, all the while working on clear communication/managing a budget/creating a website/negotiating contracts. And all before the age of 25. 

Personally, I don't have a desire to be a back up, commercial, or industry dancer. I think those aspirations are admirable, but are not my goals. So to answer the question so many company dancers receive, I dance because dance companies give so much more than just... dance.

I've seen a dance company become a family; supporting each other emotionally and physically. I've seen a company of 35 people cry, laugh, and love together. Sometimes it's hard to put into words just how impactful the connections I've made through dance have made on my character and heart. Dance has made me an honest, generous, eager, determined, capable, loving and open individual, not to mention countless professionally applicable skills (sorry, had to). I know how to stand up, communicate, multitask, create, collaborate, and even lead teams of 30 or more. And now, I'm 100% committed to instilling these qualities on the next generation of dancers.

Phew, okay. Now, what's next? How can we possibly combine everything into one, single entity, with the power to connect dancers closer together, and employ the top dance company leaders to instill their knowledge on this next generation? Oh, and also give individuals a new appreciation for nature and memories to last a lifetime. Easy (kind of) -- 

KINDRED

WHO WE ARE

A dance camp bringing kindred spirits closer to nature and each other.

Our philosophy:

Spending time outdoors, trying new things, and disconnecting from distractions create authentic human bonds.

Camp Kindred takes place at actual campgrounds. For three days and two nights, dancers will join others from across the midwest to:

  • Learn from choreographers specializing in hip-hop dance
  • Meet one-on-one with a mentor to improve
  • Gain understanding on topics such as budgeting, leadership, conflict resolution, imposter syndrome, etc.
  • Participate in team building activities like campfires, night hikes, canoeing or swimming
  • Perform and compete in an all-camp showcase
  • Connect with people both new and familiar

Enjoy nature. Bond together. Dance kindred.

Sincerely,

 

Please consider helping launch this new organization. This is for all the current and future dancer *slash* lawyers, nurses, executives, programmers, business owners, engineers, receptionists, doctors, salespeople, and waiters out there. Kindred knows why dance is important to you.

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