Today we’d like to introduce you to Teran Brown.
Teran, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was in my second year as the full-time dance teacher at a high school in North Carolina when I realized that I wanted to teach my students more than just curriculum. I wanted to be able to mentor my students from professional experience – an experience I had not yet given myself time to have. A few months later, I moved to California to begin my professional career as a dancer. It is now my 9th year as a Californian. In that time, I have danced in commercials, television shows, at theme parks, traveled as a dancer for a major cruise line, lived abroad performing and teaching dance, spent a few years as an NFL cheerleader, and built a career as a competitive dance coach. I have spent the past three and a half years growing the competitive dance program at San Diego Danceworks. I am now the teacher I set out to be almost a decade ago – using my real-world performance experience to teach, mentor, and coach young dancers.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The struggles were frequent. It was not easy to pick up and move across the country, leaving my family, to pursue my dream of becoming a professional dancer. It was financially taxing and I was older than most dancers I auditioned next to for gigs.
Please tell us about San Diego Danceworks Competition Division.
San Diego Danceworks is a dance studio that doubles as a second home and second family to its students. This sense of community is why all of our instructors love coming to work – myself included. We have dancers from all walks of life, dancers with special needs, adult dancers, and toddlers that love to move – our specialty is dance training for the entire spectrum.
As the competition division director, I am most proud of the growth the competition division and the studio as a whole has seen over the last four years. We have grown from only a few dancers interested in competing to now needing to hold two separate auditions to accommodate the number of dancers hopeful to gain a spot on one of our teams.
What sets my program apart is the value I place on graduating well-rounded dancers. When they leave the San Diego Danceworks Competition Division, they will not only have strong dance technique. I have made it my mission for all of my dancers to understand responsibility, dedication to their craft outside of the class – which includes schoolwork, the importance of collaboration and being able to work with others, and a strong belief in themselves and their worth. Seeing my dancers grow in all of these areas makes my years of hard work worth it.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would not have done anything differently as far as my journey that led me to Danceworks. I have traveled the world doing what I love and the experiences I have had, both positive and unpleasant, are all irreplaceable. I would, however, remove the doubt along the way. There were several times throughout my professional career that I questioned myself and my decisions. Though I wouldn’t take back those decisions, I would have made them without hesitation or second-guessing.
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