We had the good fortune of connecting with Grace Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Grace, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking is an everyday occurrence in my career as a dancer. When I am at a class or an audition, I have to make myself stand out in order to be noticed. With dancing being a form of art, it is extremely vulnerable. Dance is all about networking, so every time I am reaching out to someone, I am taking a huge risk. In terms of the movement itself, pushing myself out of my comfort zone is the only way to better my craft.
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.
When it comes to choreographing a dance piece, I don’t hold back. I like to create work that is personal, vulnerable, and honest. There are no fillers, I make sure every single movement I do has an intention and a purpose. Most people in an audience don’t really understand dance technique, but they do understand emotion. My performance is my best quality as a dancer, so I really bring that to my pieces. When creating, I had to always listen to that gut feeling when something was feeling right or wrong. Trusting myself was the biggest lesson I learned as an artist. If I don’t believe in my work, then others won’t either. It took me a while to open up and share my work with others, but once I did, it felt freeing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I really like the Farmer’s Market in Hollywood; I get a lot of delicious fruit from there. I also enjoy going on Melrose to thrift shop and find cute vintage pieces. I love going to the beach, and my favorite one is Malibu. I collect records, and Amoeba Music is a great place to look for that.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to my dance instructor growing up, Sarah Williams. I trained with her from ages 8-18. She was the one always pushing me to take risks with my dancing. She worked with me every single day for ten years and was constantly inspiring me to better myself as a dancer and person. She always believed in me, so I learned to believe in myself. If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to move to LA and attend AMDA.
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