Today we’d like to introduce you to Quinn Foster.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I began my journey with dance really as soon as I was able to support my own weight at two years old in a “mommy and me” ballet class. I am lucky that my parents have always wholeheartedly supported my love for the arts and allowed me to explore essentially every medium I got my hands on (including loudly playing the drum set for about 3 years in our small garage). I spent a large portion of my childhood training in Taekwondo where I earned a second-degree black belt and trained with the Ernie Reyes World Action Team. My time studying martial arts provided me with deeply rooted physical and mental discipline and endless respect for what has come before and what will be after me.
When I was about 13 years old I decided to shift my focus more towards dance as my time was being spread a bit thin in both directions. Shortly after this decision, my father passed away suddenly in an accident and I stopped dancing. I think it felt strange looking through the little glass window in my studio to see no one there. I quickly realized quitting was not the answer and that I did indeed want to dance for the rest of my life even if no one ever watched me again. This lesson in resilience and passion has stuck with me and kept me honest with myself about why I want to be an artist regardless of the popularly claimed impossibility of the endeavor.
I was never really a part of the competition dance world and only decided to fully commit to dancing professionally in the midst of my college applications once I realized there is not much else I could see myself doing. I was able to attend Chapman University and spent four years training and figuring myself out a bit. I spent a lot of my time learning about political science, peace studies, and art history and I feel this education has deeply enhanced who I am and how/why I create. My senior thesis was heavily influenced by these studies and for various reasons I concluded that my body is a valid and political place for creating empathy through movement.
In my years at university, I also collected incredible friends who help me learn every day beyond what the institution can provide. I am much better off since knowing them. I graduated in May 2018 with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Peace Studies and am now in the throws of a professional dance performance, choreography, film, world traveling, magic seeking, art-filled career and could not be happier!
Please tell us about your art.
Doing my best to avoid sounding virtuosic or contrived, I dance because it seems to be how I can best contribute to this world truthfully and effectively. I make art because of the heightened sensation and universal language I see available within movement excite me. My tendency is to approach dance as inherently political and I hope people feel that to some degree or another when they step away from my work. I hope it to be subtle and meaningful. I find it is important to use my privilege to serve others and be thoughtful about how I represent humanity.
I am constantly discovering and changing things about myself as an artist but as of now, I tend to come from a place of exploring and drawing from my own experience because I find it to be honest. I feel this helps me connect and empathize with others who have different experiences. There are countless messages and inspirations to what I do because I have been influenced by so many that I can consciously name and then countless others that are intrinsical with me as part of the human experience. Being an artist is a beautifully challenging responsibility and I am just doing my best to find my place in it all.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
To me, being a successful artist seems to be about contributing to the collective human race in ways that may survive longer than the race itself and doing this without hurting anyone to get to where you want to be in the strive for “success”. I think it is absolutely essential to listen, speak up for those who can’t, and play because life is really too short for anything else.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work, as well as updates about live performances, are available on my website and social media. To support my work you can hire me as a dancer or choreographer or reach out and get to know me and support me with knowledge, discussion and friendship!
- Website: https://www.quinnfosterdance.com/
- Phone: 6504914086
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quinn_foster/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/quinn.foster.96
- Other: https://vimeo.com/quinnfosterdance
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