We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Brasuell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The Dance Wire is live virtual dance classes that was created in response to the pandemic. I have been teaching and choreographing dance for 20 years, and when the quarantine hit, it forced much of our daily lives to migrate online, and I followed. Dance is fun! Kids love to dance, so with my love for teaching, it seemed natural. Kids have fun with different themed days like Throw Back Thursdays, dance party classes with disco lights, and TikTok Tuesdays. Additionally, we film and create mini dance videos. Kids learn a choreographed dance in class, film themselves at home, and then send in their footage which is edited into a cool music video to share with their friends and classmates. Rather than the quarantine limiting what we’re able to do, it’s proved to be quite the opposite — opening the door for many activities and methods of teaching which may not have been apparent in years prior.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Throughout the quarantine, families have been turning to online activities, but unfortunately, many of them involve being parked on the sofa watching their favorite streaming service. One of The Dance Wire’s primary goals is to keep kids active and engaged, all while having a great time and learning along the way. The results have been fantastic! When the quarantine lifts and we begin to offer in-person classes again, we can carry over what we started online to in person, with the different themed classes and music videos.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, an awesome day for me in LA (sans pandemic) is to go explore the outdoors with my dog, Dino, and grab a bite for some tasty food and meet some new friends. When Dino gets tired, I’d then head off to go swing dancing to live music and see some friends, and finally home for doggie snuggles. That’s a pretty sweet day for me.
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 would have to say my folks. They have always been very involved and supportive. Once when I was younger, I was working on choreography for a very intricate dance for a musical theater production. I needed some assistance, so I recruited two willing but inexperienced helpers — my mom and dad! I still giggle thinking about my dad trying to keep up and not slap himself and/or fall down in the process! Luckily, the routine didn’t call for them to do jump splits, so no one was injured. Countless other people have made an impact on me, far too many to name, but I’d love to give a shout out to Miss Annette (Annette Bromen), my first dance teacher and the reason I fell in love with dance.
The photo of myself in the pink sweater with green background was taken by David A Solorzano (**He did not add ‘The Dance Wire’ to the one version of the photo).