Today on 4dancers we have Brittany Delany with us…
1. How did you become involved in dance?
I became involved in dance at an early age. I loved music and dancing to radio and records. I enrolled in a local studio to learn ballet, tap and jazz but gave it up shortly after for town sports. Then in high school and college, I became more involved with choreography, improvisational dance forms, world dance forms, dance history, and performing/training in multiple dance styles. My parents understand my passion for dance, and I am ever grateful for their support and love.
2. What are you currently doing in the field?
I write as the Dance Editor at Hot Stepz Magazine and I train in hip hop dance with De La Femme, the all-female hip hop company of Funkanometry SF. I collaborate with modern dancers and support the performing arts as much as possible. I am wrapping up an internship in January with CounterPULSE, a radical, supportive, dynamic, flexible performing arts space in San Francisco.
3. Can you share a special moment from your career?
A special moment would be dancing outside with my mentor Pedro Alejandro in New Haven, CT at the Festival for Art & Ideas. I felt so blessed.
4. What advice would you offer other dancers?
Keep pushing the form of dance and support fellow dancers.
5. What have you had to struggle against in dance?
6. Do you have a favorite dancer or choreographer? If so, what is it
about them that makes them stand out?
No, I do not have a favorite. I keep an open mind to the diversity of dancers and choreographers.
7. What is the best advice you have ever received regarding dance?
‘Whatever you do, just keep dancing.’ – my Jazz dance professor
8. Where do you think dance is going as an art form?
Dance has gotten more popular in its competitive forms and its social forms, so I hope the stage/concert and site-specific forms get more popular too.
9. What do you think is the most important thing for a dance teacher to keep in mind?
10. What is next for you?
Some collaborative dance opportunities are coming up for me in late winter and spring.
Bio: Brittany Delany was born in Boston. She works as Dance Editor at Hot Stepz Magazine. She graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in dance:choreography & performance and a degree in french studies. Since graduating, she has danced professionally with modern, jazz and hip hop dance companies. She currently lives and dances in San Francisco,CA. Follow her on twitter: BrittanyDelany. Follow her blog at: delanydance.blogspot.com.