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

Hi Ginger, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Soul on Fire Dance was created because there was a void to fill in our community. Orange County, CA has many places for people to go learn to dance, but we had a very specific niche we felt was missing: a dance studio for just adults that was based around the healing and community aspects of dance. We are a intersectional, social-justice minded, body diversity celebrating, LGBTQ+ friendly and AAPI womxn owned space – and we want everyone who sets foot on our dance floor or watches our shows to feel like they belong. So many people come to us saying they felt criticized at other studios: they were body-shamed, didn’t feel welcome in the culture or they didn’t feel comfortable asking the questions they needed to grow in their dance skills. We help our community by healing it one person at a time. We form strong bonds with our students who start to find their whole selves in our classes. Soul on Fire Dance also donates to various social justice causes because we believe that there is so much work to be down outside our four walls. There is a list on our website of causes we support!

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.
Soul on Fire Dance isn’t just a dance studio or a professional performance collective. We’re a place where people can be seen and valued as whole humans. Each of our instructors undergoes Trauma Informed Dance Instruction training before they teach their first class. We are dedicated to ensuring our space is as safe as we can make it. To make our space as accessible as possible, we even offer every single class virtually. Every person has gone through a journey to get where they are (our instructors, performers and students) and we want to honor that in every interaction we have with one another and with our community at large.

This has not been an easy journey. Soul on Fire Dance was born during the height of the pandemic, while I was going through some interpersonal turmoil. There were a lot of boundaries that needed to be set, many lessons to be learned, and an overwhelming number of challenges to dance through – both before and after its inception. I got through this because of the astounding amount of support I have in my own community – the one we created together. There is always someone to lend an ear to listen, hand to help, or shoulder to cry on. I wouldn’t be here without them; Soul on Fire Dance wouldn’t be here without them.

Our story is one of finding oneself. Of finding something you’re so passionate about that you’re willing to endure extreme discomfort while you transform… and literally rise from ashes when you feel everything has been burned down around you. You can find that too, and the fastest way to do that might be healing yourself through dance and friendship. When you’re ready, we’re here. And we can’t wait to dance with you.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many great little spots in Downtown Santa Ana. I love grabbing a bite to eat at Chapter One, a beer at Congregation, catching a show at Copper Door (OCPride puts on some PHENOMENAL drag shows!), a coffee from The Den and dessert from Chunk n’ Chip. The Bower’s Museum hosts some great exhibits and events and the Discovery Science Center is a great place to take your kids. There is always something happening in Downtown – the first Saturday of every month is the local Art Walk and a super fun way to take in local spots.

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 don’t even know where I should start for a shoutout. I would not be here without so many people. My partner for dealing with me, doing all the things, and still loving me at the end of the day. My business coach Cera of Intuitive Edge Coaching for lovingly pushing me to do all the uncomfortable things. My family for being supportive of a crazy dream. My Soul on Fire performers, instructors, students and friends for listening, encouraging, and hyping me up. All the people who have had any part in the journey, big or small, good or bad – you have helped grow this because of the way you shaped me. Thank you.

Website: https://soulonfiredance.com

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