At last, we have reached the much-anticipated episode 67 of DanceSpeak with Nicole Kirkland (Prince, Iggy Azalea, Kehlani, Cee-lo Green). Here we are in the 'wild west' of social media where class videos and 'influencer' clout has become the center of both praise and controversy. I know that the heartache surrounding the negative impacts of social media on dance class culture and the art have been heavily discussed on prior episodes of DanceSpeak, but as a member of the dance community, I know that there are more sides of social media impact and discourse to explore to have a FULLER conversation... What I've been wanting to know forever, and what we cover in this episode are:
- What it is like to be on the 'other side' of having a large social media following (the bad, the good, the great, the ugly) and why having a platform might be even more important than one can imagine
- A fresh perspective on the 'lesser represented'
- What one of Nicole's classes are actually like
- How Nicole has come to deal with negative commentary
- Building one's social media
- Nicole's larger purpose
- The power of collaboration
- Industry work and who has taught Nicole some of her most valuable lessons
As I interviewed Nicole, it was obvious to me that she has so many layers, that I would be saddened to know others might miss out on. Listen up, take notes, and enjoy!
After 15 years of experience in the dance world, Galit has worked as Assistant Choreographer for Prince, danced in numerous music videos, including Pharrell Williams' "Happy", has been featured in two dance publications, and currently works as a dance instructor and conditioning specialist in Los Angeles and around the country.