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How can you start a career in dance?

How can you start a career in dance?

Are you passionate about dance and looking to turn it into a career?

Join us on our YouTube podcast for an exclusive interview with Sanjukta Wagh as we delve into the world of dance and explore the endless opportunities available to aspiring students. With extensive training in Kathak and Hindustani music, Sanjukta’s talent is boundless. And as the co-founder of Beej, her innovative blend of classical dance pedagogy and collaborative performance has earned her numerous awards and accolades.

Tune in now and be inspired by one of the industry’s brightest stars!

Join us for our latest episode of our YouTube podcast, where we are thrilled to welcome Sanjukta Wagh, an interdisciplinary artist who has made an indelible mark on the world of dance, theater, music, and drama. With her extensive training in Kathak and Hindustani music, Sanjukta is a highly accomplished performer who has received numerous accolades for her innovative and collaborative approach to classical dance pedagogy.

As the co-founder of Beej, she has revolutionized the way we view dance, earning recognition and awards for her exceptional work, including the Vinod Doshi Award and the Charles Wallace scholarship. In this episode, Sanjukta shares her insights and experiences to help students navigate the exciting world of dance and build successful careers.

Don’t miss this chance to learn from a true master and explore the endless opportunities of dance. Tune in now and get ready to be inspired!

Key Takeaways

  • Practice makes perfect! Mastering your art form requires dedication and continuous practice. Keep refining your skills and striving for improvement.
  • Collaborating with artists from other disciplines expands your creative horizons and network. Work with musicians, visual artists, writers, or filmmakers to create interdisciplinary performances.
  • Develop a unique personal brand to stand out in a crowded industry. Showcase your distinct qualities in your marketing materials, website, and social media presence.
  • Continuing education is vital in dance for skill development and industry knowledge. Pursue certifications, attend workshops, and even consider a degree in dance.
  • A strong foundation in one or more dance styles is necessary for a successful career in dance.
  • Embrace diversity and inclusivity in your work to connect with a wider audience and create meaningful art. Explore dance forms and themes that reflect diverse cultures, perspectives, and identities.

Q: What career opportunities are available in the field of dance?
The field of dance offers many career options, including performing, choreographing, teaching, arts administration, dance therapy, research, criticism, fashion, entertainment, fitness, wellness, and dance management. Dancers can start their own companies or work as freelancers, and dance films are also gaining popularity. With so many possibilities, the field of dance offers something for everyone who is passionate about movement and artistic expression. One of Sanjukta’s students, for example, works in dance management and creates websites and social media campaigns for dancers. As the field of dance continues to evolve, new opportunities are constantly emerging, including spaces that promote accessibility to the art of dance and its therapeutic benefits. With so much to discover, the list of possibilities is endless for those who are passionate and dedicated.

Q: What is Sanjukta’s approach to dance?

Sanjukta believes in the interconnectedness of the arts and incorporates elements from dance, music, theater, and literature in her performances. She rides the rhythm of time, playing with it and creating something new. Sanjukta has explored traditional Kathak dance while also collaborating with musicians and incorporating contemporary dance. Sanjukta’s artistic journey also led her to the Laban Center in London, where she underwent training that allowed her to venture beyond the boundaries of her traditional classical form and explore new pathways for her art. Sanjukta’s approach to dance is innovative and reflects her commitment to pushing boundaries and exploring new possibilities.

Q: What traits are necessary for students to succeed in a career in dance?
While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, there are some key traits that can help students succeed in a career in dance. First and foremost, a love for movement and creative expression is essential. It is also important to find a dance form that resonates with you, whether it be capoeira or contemporary, and to immerse yourself in its practice with dedication and focus. This training will help you develop a strong sense of rhythm and flow, as well as a tunnel vision focus that can help you succeed in any endeavor. Additionally, a willingness to explore and try new things can help you find your unique voice as a dancer and storyteller. Ultimately, success in dance requires a combination of physical, spiritual, and mental strength, as well as a deep connection to the art form that empowers and inspires you.

Q: What are some tips for starting a career in dance?

To start a successful dance career, one needs to have a solid foundation in one or more dance styles, continue to train and improve skills, and build connections in the industry. It’s crucial to seek out performance opportunities, stay updated on trends, and be technologically savvy. With a positive attitude and hard work, aspiring dancers can achieve their goals and establish themselves as professionals in the field.

Q: How feasible is it to build a career in dance?

Obtaining the necessary training, networking with industry professionals, and seizing opportunities are crucial steps towards building a thriving career as a professional dancer. However, this path requires hard work, dedication, and perseverance in a fiercely competitive industry. Overcoming setbacks and rejections with realism and persistence, and staying focused on achieving one’s goals, are essential components of success. While the journey may be challenging, the rewards of a fulfilling career in dance make it a worthwhile pursuit

Podcast Host: Amit Ahuja, Associate Director, Communications & Digital, Zista Education
Podcast Guest: Sanjukta Wagh, Kathak Dancer Choreographer, Teacher, Founder Director, Beej
Video & Audio Editing: Raj Soni, Communications Associate, Zista Education
Podcast Manager: Russel Aldridge, Sr. Manager, Creative & Digital, Zista Education
Podcast Transcript: Tanya Kakka, Freelance Copywriter