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Art & Life with Vickie Roan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vickie Roan.

Vickie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am currently a student and aspiring professional dancer studying to receive my Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance Performance at Chapman University in Orange, California. I started dancing at The Dance Factory School of Performing in Redondo Beach where I received my training in Jazz, Ballet, Hip-hop and Contemporary. I attended OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts) for my high school education and got to create so many valuable dance connections with teachers and peers all over Southern California. I continued my training through various studios in Los Angeles and Orange County, while attending my home studio as well. While in high school, I attended various intensives and experiences that would later shape me as a person and artist.

The most influential and pivotal experience that I attended as a young person is Justin Giles’ Soul Escape intensive where I learned and practiced the importance of intention, purpose, artistry and kindness within my identity as a dancer. I went on to attend the intensive as a student for several years until I was asked to be a part of the experience as a mentor and facilitator for other young dancers looking to be a part of the Soul Escape vision. I currently work with the company as the creative assistant and in my role, hope to give young dancers the opportunity to hone their artistic craft and become educated, well-rounded, kind, contributive individuals to the world around them. Soul Escape, along with travel, culture and the relationships I have with the people around me, continue to shape who I am as a young person and aspiring professional artist.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am an aspiring professional dancer and choreographer. As a dancer, my biggest priority is to create art that encourages kindness and self-reflection within an audience member. I love to tell stories and explore different characters – my own personal stories, the ones given to me or surreal, fantastical narratives – and I strive to tap into my own vulnerability in order to inspire others to do the same. I love improvisational techniques within movement as well as codified technique and training, so I try to draw from as many experiences as possible when I am executing or creating movement for other dancers. I want to approach my work with as much intention and purpose as possible so that I can use my art to contribute to the greater good of the world. I love to draw upon different tones within movement whether it is encouraging serious self-reflection or sarcastic humor, I want to explore and share it all. I also want to use my platform as a dance teacher to encourage young dancers to use their movement as a vehicle for exploring their best self – in and out of the dance studio.

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?
The biggest piece of advice that I have for other artists is to always trust your gut. Sometimes, you will have a strong instinctual reaction to something or someone for a reason. I wish that I learned that sooner because looking back, trusting my gut has led me to so many of the most important experiences and people in my life so far. I have found myself making decisions with no ground to stand on, other than knowing it was the right thing to do in that moment. I think the artistic gut is so powerful because it is encapsulating of so many parts of you – your artistry, your sentimentality, your emotionality and your physicality. The gut simply knows sometimes.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
A majority of my work exists on my personal social media (Facebook, Instagram & YouTube), but I am lucky enough to participate in live performance every now and then. Because I am currently in school, a lot of my work is related to my collegiate dance program. We have several shows a year that I perform in and simultaneously, present choreographic work as well. I am involved in a few companies outside of school as well that does a majority of project-based presentations. I am also involved in a few dance studios in the SoCal area, setting choreography for students that they use for showcases, competitions, conventions and auditions.

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Image Credit:
Alissa Roseborough, Santiago Villareal, Azuki Umeda, Kelly Mustapha-Kellett.

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