A4D Member Events
Our members are so incredibly talented and motivated. They're out there hitting the pavement and carving out their own performance opportunities and finding ways to create opportunities for themselves and other dancers.
This month, we're proud to feature HOLLY DAYTON who is one of our A4D Leaders. She produced LOOK HEAR showcases in Las Vegas for five years, and now she's presenting her first event in New York City.
Check out this LOOK HEAR ARTIST'S SHOWCASE promo video and please plan to be there on February 18th. You might want to contact Holly directly to become one of the performers. Why not just go for it and share your talent in a showcase created by a dancer for dancers and artists looking for a place to express themselves!
Here's the back story of Holly's inspiration for Look Hear Artist's Showcase in her own words:
One of my favorite quotes is from Erma Bombeck. "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything you gave me."
This quote has echoed in my brain as I have pursued my passion for the arts and as I have pursued what I would term as my calling. Ironically enough, I studied finance in college and almost gave up dancing upon graduation. I luckily had a close mentor that wisely advised me to continue pursuing my passions. I am very thankful for that!
Throughout my journey, Answers4dancers has been a source of encouragement, inspiration and much needed advice. I started my career in L.A., transitioned over to Las Vegas for 5 years, and now have lived in New York City for a year. And I have found on my journey, that in all three cities there are common threads in artists and performers. There is an innate need to create. There is an innate need for love and support as they pursue their difficult journey. And there is an innate need for their voice to be heard and understood.
Knowing these needs of the artists around me and my personal passions, I founded Look Hear Artist's Showcase in February of 2015 in Las Vegas. I can honestly say it was one of the most inspiring nights of my life. I witnessed brilliant talent supporting other brilliant talent. It felt as though the ceiling of the venue would explode from the amazing energy that surrounded me. It was breathtaking to see and take it all in.
What is Look Hear, you ask? Essentially, Look Hear is an Artist Showcase that is designed to connect the artistic community and inspire creativity. It is a platform that gives people an opportunity to create something new using the talents they have been given and perform in an environment that is judgment free and supportive. It is open to all art forms- dancing, singing, spoken word, musicians, etc. I hosted several Look Hear Artist's Showcases in Las Vegas and I did notice a greater sense of community amongst my peers and also a greater satisfaction and sense of fulfillment in people's lives, including my own. I do believe often we are more at peace with our lives when we are able to be understood by others and able to be creative.
I moved to New York City a year ago. I can honestly say this past year has been one of the most challenging and yet rewarding chapters of my life. This city is a beautiful thing that pushes and stretches you beyond what you think are your physical, mental and spiritual limits. I am grateful to be here. I lately have felt a deep ache to perform and create myself. This is what spurred me to bring Look Hear Artist's Showcase to New York City. I believe the event could really help local artists cope with the needs to create and to be heard in a very busy and distracting city and time. I believe the event can help artists find a sense of peace in finding their own voice.
Please join Holly on Sunday, February 18th from 7-9PM at Renew Queens (47-20 11th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101). It will be a night of celebrating the beautiful talent and creativity of the Big Apple. It will be a night to encourage and lift up one another. Be Inspired. Get Creative. What is your story?
Save the date for Dancer To Watch Gregory Omar Osborne's one-man show coming March 24, 2018.
A4D is about more than ‘jobs and auditions.’
It’s a community where dancers are growing into faster, better, and more productive versions of themselves.
Our Meet-Up Leaders
These members have been making themselves valuable to each other and have generously participated on FORUM4DANCERS for as long as we can remember. Collectively, these members are in SAG-AFTRA, EQUITY, have appeared on Broadway, Regional Tours, National Tours, International Tours, TV shows, National Commercials, Cruise Ships, and Industrials. They've appeared in music videos, been back up dancers for big name stars, and have appeared in large production Las Vegas shows. They all started their careers not knowing where dance would take them, but what they've learned along the way, they freely share with other members to help them find their greatest potential. They represent nearly 100 combined years of membership on A4D!
Click on their photos to learn more about these dynamic members! We hope you'll join them as we sit around Grover's table and talk about the things that matter most to all of us! See you at the next Meet-Up!
Our July 2016 Meet-Up
Meet-Ups are a total win 4 dancers. Sharing works. Whether it happens In Grover’s kitchen, a dance studio, or a neighborhood Starbucks, the results consistently surprise the heck out of us. At the July 24 Meet-Up, A4D's Suzy Miller backed Grover into a corner and probed him for ‘insights’ about his first movie role in ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown.’ She got the truth. So did a dozen other dancers in the room.
Grover gave himself permission to ‘risk everything’ in front of the cameras. He decided to go for it. That was only part of the pay-off. A year later, the same performance secured a co-starring role with Gene Kelly in ‘The Young Girls Of Rochefort.’ The benefits didn’t stop there.
A4Ders... in various states of hope and laughter... took it all in. Thankfully, Garrett Minniti's cameras were rolling and recorded all the personal treasures that surfaced. Take a look at all the fun that was captured.