We had the good fortune of connecting with Crystal Duran and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Crystal, what role has risk played in your life or career?
My whole career has literally be about risk taking. Opening up a dance studio isn’t as easy as people may think. It takes a lot of courage, confidence, promotion and thinking outside the box. There’s a lot of competition out there, so I have to keep things fresh and exciting. I base a lot of things on faith and I had to have that faith to make this dream of mine come true. I knew I had to take the risk to get my own studio and I’m so glad I did. I think risk is necessary for career growth and potential as an entrepreneur. I took a risk and opened up a second dance studio during the beginning of the end of the pandemic and seeing the fruits of labor has been rewarding.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My work is all about art- this is why I named my company Crystal Arts. I’m all about crystallizing you’re art and helping you become confident and be inspired to move. Giving people as much knowledge and inspiration to share from their authentic self expression is my passion. The dance community and profession has its challenges because there is much competition out there but I have learned to be grateful the people who have sent my way to learn from me. I actually enjoy a good challenge here and there it keeps my on my tippy toes! I have dance studios that represent my free spirit, high energy and positive attitude. I bring the artist out of you and am super proud of what I have accomplished as a performer and dance teacher. I’ve learned that when times get tough that it isn’t a time to give up, but more so a time to keep going. Last year I was about to quit and give up everything I’ve built but I’m glad I decided to stick it out.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I went Cuba on vacation and I received a lot inspiration there. I would definitely take a friend to Cuba and explore the dance scene, the art, and the amazing cuisine. Cuba really increased my passion for dance so I would want to spend each night going out to all the best spots.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout my father. He has been my rock and my encouragement. He’s the one who said follow your dreams and have a lot of faith.
Instagram: @Crystalartsdanceacdemy and @artboxbyca
Yelp: Crystal Arts Dance Academy
Photo taken by Marvin Valle