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Art & Life with Tavi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tavi.

Tavi, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Starting from a young age I knew that being an artist was something I wanted to pursue a career when I became an adult. I tapped into multiple art forms; dance, fashion, singing, modeling, and writing. I’ve always been drawn to anything that allows me to creatively express myself.

Dance was my first love. My mom put me in dance when I was only 5 years old. I had the least bit of rhythm and coordination starting off, but with years of hard work, patience, and dedication all of those long training sessions started to pay off. Fast forward 16 years later, my love for dance has definitely grown stronger. I’ve come to realize that dance is an art form that I am extremely passionate about. It has made a huge impact on my perception of other art forms and the artist that I have become today.

Because of this, I’ve made it my mission in life to share my passions for not only dance but every art form that I partake in, with the world. I hope to inspire, enlighten, share my truth, and spread happiness through what I create in any way that I can.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I would definitely consider myself a jack of many trades. I’ve always been the kind of girl that is open to trying different things, I never put myself in a box. I feel like that is a very important message to address to any creator or aspiring artist: there is no rule that says you can only be a part of one art form, dive into them all.

I am a dancer/choreographer, model, and writer. I’ve collaborated with many talented photographers, videographers, and directors for different projects. I also write my own songs and poetry, but for the most part, I am mainly known as a dancer. My favorite styles of dance are Contemporary and Hip-Hop. These are my favorite types of dance to both learn and teach because they are always evolving.

I am always learning something new, not only for me but for my students as well. It keeps me on my toes! I also love how I can tell stories through Contemporary and Hip-Hop when I create and interpret them in different ways. There is so much room for creativity and open-mindedness. I feel the most free when I get to share my knowledge and love for Contemporary and Hip-Hop dance with other dancers in training.

All in all, I like to share my truth, originality, and showcase who I am as a person through my art. I really hope that is what people take away from everything that I create and it also inspires them to be themselves and share that with the world, too.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
If there is one thing that being an artist has taught me, it would be that, “your art matters”. Being creative definitely has its ups and downs. Sometimes I feel like giving up because it seems as if I’m not making any impact on the world.

I got the quote, “your art matters” as a tattoo on my 19th birthday because I believe in that statement wholeheartedly and it ties in perfectly with who I am. It’s the best reminder to myself when I’m feeling down. My art matters and yours definitely does too.

Never lose sight of that. It’s important to surround yourself with other artists that are just as passionate about their art as you are about yours, even if it is completely opposite of yours. Art is art. I guarantee there will be at least one thing you can take away from a different art form.

Don’t be afraid to step out of the box and expose yourself to different art forms. You’ll be amazed by how we all need each other to really piece a project together. It’ll really change your artistic perspective and you’ll feel connected to the artistic community as a whole, as well.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Instagram and YouTube are where you’ll be able to see a lot of my work! On Instagram, I post dance video clips, pictures from recent photo shoots/projects, and tons of behind the scenes footage. I am also very interactive with my supporters.

I post polls up on my story to get their opinions on what they would like to see from me and I allow them to ask me questions. On my YouTube channel, you’ll find my more lengthy videos. In addition to dance videos, I create videos on various topics like fashion, beauty, life, and even mental health. I’m in the process of creating more content, but in the future, you can expect to see things like fashion lookbook videos and music video collaboration projects.

You can support my work by giving me a follow on Instagram and subscribing to my YouTube channel! Every follow, like, comment, share, and subscribe are very appreciated. Love from my supporters never goes unnoticed.

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    Image Credit:
Katie Grier, House Cinema Company

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