We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashalee Fann and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ashalee, how does your business help the community?
SURFACE LA is a community based project committed to encouraging our youth to break free from a sedentary lifestyle and infiltrate creative spaces. Growing up in the 90s youth were surrounded by community programs that provided multiple options for extra-circular activities. As technology advances we are seeing more youth opt for internet based hobbies instead of those that require physical activity with peers. As a result, obesity, lack of communication skills, and an increase in mental health disorders, have filled our homes without any promising or affordable solutions. This program will provide a balance between modern and traditional ways of taking on hobbies. We aim to offer a solution that encourages individuality, confidence, and physical activity to better prepare our youth for the future.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a LA native, I have been an active member of the dance world for over 20 years now. With numerous theatrical productions, television performances, and live shows under my belt, I want to share her gift with the community that raised me. Offering classes for both children and adults, my passion of nurturing mental health through creativity is at the forefront of my mission. Over the years, I have discovered the importance of breaking free from the chains of life and simply just dancing. Whether you have a similar dance background, or just trying out dance for the first time, I create an environment for students to have an out of mind experience.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, I’m a brunch and day party type of girl! First I would take my visitor to Spire, a rooftop bar/lounge in the heart of Downtown LA then hit the Seven Bar Lounge to dance the night away. The next day we brunch at Overland Cafe and off to Lock and Key for more dancing. On the Sunday, we can brunch again or head on over to Stevie’s for some creole cuisine and off to Leimert Park for the drum circle.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank SURFACE LA co-founder Kiana Hicksonbottom for executing the vision with me. Collectively we would like to thank Ashton Hasson for her continued support as our administrator. We appreciate being able to depend on her for parent relations, treasury needs, and overall positive energy she brings to the studio. We would also like to thank the Nicholas Dance Studio for offering SURFACE LA discounted rates for studio time.

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