We had the good fortune of connecting with Genna Moroni and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Genna, what do you want people to remember about you?
As a young choreographer, teacher and dancer, I would like my legacy to be one that inspires people to believe in themselves, to support and encourage their peers and to harness the power of perseverance and self motivation. The journey of a creative is often met with more rejection and disappointment than ease and praise. Even when I’ve been privileged with forms of success, I am still met with a plethora of challenges. Instead of allowing the challenges or fears of failure limit my actions, I choose to run head-first and learn along the way. I would like for people to remember that this journey is also one that cannot be achieved alone. To isolate and ignore those around you as you pursue your goals/dreams is only detrimental. I hope to be remembered as someone who listened, empowered people around me and included many in my journey.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an LA native, I faced an inner dialogue that constantly questioning if LA was enough. While I yearned to live elsewhere and immerse myself in other cultures and places, I was always somehow tethered to LA. Although I never really lived any other place than LA, I was fortunate to travel quite a lot from a very young age since 50% of my family was abroad in Italy and NY/Florida. I have found, from a young age, my instilled passion to travel and leave my comforts of home has contributed a lot to my willingness to take risks and explore the world with a curious and open mind. Over the last few years, I’ve learned so much about my approach to the many facets of my dance/movement career. Collaboration & listening are key in how I choreograph. I love to blur the lines between beauty and ugliness, as well as intermix delicacy and strength to highlight sensuality in individual quirkiness. Playing with how to find what is human/organic and then to distort it to take on a new form is my addiction. Commitment, encouragement, individuality, effort & sense of humor are the key elements to my teaching approach. Without the presence of these qualities, it is impossible to access your distinct voice. The journey in the field of dance is constantly filled with many new beginnings, challenges and surprises. A rule I follow is to say YES whenever I can, especially when something challenges me. Whether it’s choreographing in a way that I have yet to attempt, leading a class for people who intimidate me in any way or even seeking out movement/classes that make me feel insecure in my precision I lead with an open heart and mind full of curiosity, passion and will. Today, where I have arrived professionally did not come easy. Had you asked me in college where I thought I would be in 8 years, I definitely would not have answered, “working as a freelance choreographer in both the concert/commercial realm with multiple commissions, teaching university level students, leading movement coaching for actors/singers and performing my own work.” My vision for myself back in college was so much smaller and relied so heavily on others providing my future. It’s amazing what happened when I took off my security blinders and took a chance on myself. Saying NO to the things that bring pain and restriction and YES to the unknown. More recently, I have been especially driven to find ways to make art that can use it’s platform to say something worth-while. In my personal research, I have been struggling with the role women play in each other’s paths. I am in process of exploring the many ways in which female relationships are both supportive and destructive. My research also includes dismantling the systems of feminine movement and physique which cause so much strain on the female psyche.
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?
Due to COVID-19, I have been replacing a lot of time spent at restaurants and establishments with outdoor time! I’ve been enjoying hiking at Ernest E. Debs Regional Park. You can take a beautiful hike with friends and pets, then set up a great picnic. It’s a hidden gem!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a shoutout to Teddy Forance. When I fully embraced the life of a freelance choreographer, teacher and dancer, I was often overwhelmed with the isolation I sometimes felt. Upon meeting Teddy, his genuine generosity and support for me and so many other young artists was transformative. His authenticity gave me a new perspective about how to lead and inspire, as well as the inner courage to believe in myself and what I can achieve without disclaimers.
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