We had the good fortune of connecting with Daphne Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daphne, what role has risk played in your life or career?
The idea of risk doesn’t come up too much because the way I look at life is a from a different perspective. I believe that your journey is already destined and our job is just to ride the wave and enjoy it. I guess the idea of risk is equivalent to going for what I want and removing fear from my goals.
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.
I’m excited about returning to the stage and engaging with audiences. Its been such a unique experience dancing through a pandemic. It’s also neat to be able to access different abilities like teaching, nurturing future dance artists, giving back through my scholarship, completing my Masters and starting a side business in sales. What sets me apart from others is my mindset towards getting things done, handling a lot with my family and staying persistent. I think that adds to my brand of staying in motion and simply keeping faith. Challenges remind me of how human I am and that everything happens for a reason.
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?
I would take them to visit the views of the city like the Brooklyn Bridge and take a walk or bike ride just to see the concrete jungle. I would then make sure to get coffee from the Brooklyn Roasting company and a bagel practically anywhere in Brooklyn. I would check out the artwork on buildings in Bushwick and then head to Fort Greene and Flatbush. When you are in the mood for a sweet treat then Doughnut Plant where they have the most unique doughnuts ever like the sourdough vegan ones. Heading into Manhattan, there are so many cool museums like the Museum of Optical Illusions to play with your mind. For those that want to stay in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn museum is a great place to see new art and art favorites. I’m currently in Bay Ridge and there are many great places to grab a bite to eat. Everything from Asian, Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. We have a Frite Bar which is a great spot for grabbing freshly made fries while walking about the other avenues. There aren’t any bad spots at all in Brooklyn and there is something for everyone. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Everyone at my job, Dance Theatre of Harlem, are deserving of a huge shoutout. Dancers are incredible performing artists and to be pushing through during a pandemic is amazing. We as dancers have been engaging with creative content and have been keeping the arts alive virtually. I think artists who haven’t been able to go back to studios or theatres at this time deserve to be spotlighted and eventually supported when its time to head back. The staff at Dance Theatre of Harlem have been connected to the artists in keeping us connected as well.
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