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

Hi indiana, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Dancing creates a freedom and a togetherness of community. It brings people of all back rounds together. That is what I aim to do with my business. I want to grow love in communities all over by creating a period of time to come together and feed your own soul and freedom with movement as well as connect with people all over the world. My best friend Amanda De Oliveira and I are creating a monthly donation based class that allows all levels of ballet dancers to attend. We will be donating all of the proceeds to a different carefully chosen organization each month. On top of these classes I offer group classes along with private ballet classes and coaching. I also offer pilates and strength/stretch. I hope to create more openness and love in all of my classes.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started my journey as an aspiring professional ballet dancer at the age of 10. I was lucky to find an incredible teacher in Venice Beach named Yuri Grigoriev. He was my mentor and teacher from that age on and continues to be a mentor even though he is not physically with us anymore. Yuri taught me discipline, love for a craft, respect, and open mindedness. These lessons helped me keep an open mind when I was looking into finishing ballet school. I was very lucky to win a scholarship to train at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia at the age of 15 for two months. On my way to that school I decided to audition to many different year round programs. Including Royal Ballet, ABT, SAB and San Francisco to name a few. I was a Russian trained ballerina who aspired to dance with the Bolshoi, Kirov, San Francisco, or the Royal Ballet. I was not selected by any of the schools for the year round program, but received a scholarship to the summer intensive at the School of American Ballet. I was in awe that a school actually wanted me to join their program and so even though I had no knowledge of Balanchine training, I decided to trust the universe. I am so thankful that I did because I am now a soloist with the New York City Ballet and aspire to be a principal some day. I hope that my journey can show others that sometimes always trying to control life can actually hinder you. Keeping an open mind about your future and your journey may bring you to the path you were meant to be on without even realizing. I can’t explain what a great fit the New York City Ballet is for my personality and my style of dancing and I most likely would not be here today telling this story had I not kept an open mind.

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?
My favorite spots to eat in the city include Cafe Gratitude, Malibu Farms Cafe, Urth Cafe, Nobu Malibu and BreadBlok. These are all delicious spots that offer amazing vegan and gluten free options. For meditation and sound baths I love going to Broad Beach, Westward Beach,The Whale walk in Point Dume and The Mindry. Los Angeles has the most incredible hikes! Solstice Canyon is a wonderful one, but there are tons to try out! If you are looking for thrift shop Hidden treasures in Topanga canyon is amazing as well as the thrift shops on Melrose.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shout out to my best friend Amanda De Oliveira who has supported me and shown me love through this tough time. She has supported me my entire childhood and shown me how important it is to be open minded. As well as the hunger of learning. To be eager to continue learning in all aspects of life and have the ability to really listen. This relationship is why we both felt compelled to uplift different organizations and give back by teaching monthly classes that raise money for different organization that help rebuild community and create love and support that is tangible as well as emotional.

Website: indiana.woodward1218@gmail.com

Instagram: indiana_woodward

Facebook: Indiana Woodward

Image Credits
The photo with the pink outfit and the rocks is Emily Scher The photo with the two circles is the Ballerina Project The red dress photo is NYCdanceproject The book case photo is James Jin The tan leotard photo is Jeanne Celeste

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