We had the good fortune of connecting with Reagan Brummett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Reagan, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Dance is the one thing that I was best at and I loved it so much at the same time. I think it is super special to be completely in love with what you get to do everyday, because a lot of people on the planet don’t get to experience that. When I realized that dance could be a real career for me I had to run with it and see how that could play out.
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 started dancing when I was 9 years old. I only took one 45 minute hip hop class a week, but when I tell you that was all I ever talked about and the one thing I looked forward to every week, I mean it. I immediately loved wiggling and moving my body around. It was so freeing and exciting. So as I grew up, I took more and more technique classes and really ended up enjoying the concert side of dance as well. In high school I discovered that dancing could be a real career path for me and I started looking at different colleges. I ended up going to AMDA college of the arts and just graduated this June with my AOS in dance theater.
I am incredibly proud to call myself a dancer. When I was born I had something called club foot, which really just means my foot was crooked because it grew up underneath my mom’s rib. I got 2 surgeries to reverse it when I was not even 1 yet, and I was told from a very young age that I can really do any sport except for dance. I didn’t listen because I really wanted to be like my big sister and dance up on stage with everyone else, so eventually my parents signed me up for classes. To this day I still struggle with injuries in my club foot. I fractured it in 2 different spots and ruptured my arch when I was about 15 year old just because it was tired and needed a break. It is actually 2 sizes smaller than my other foot and it has always been slightly more weak. I just have to put more care into it and be really attentive to what my body needs. It is definitely a weird struggle but it has taught me so much information about myself that I really needed to understand to be successful.
One thing I am very proud of was moving out of my home town. The first time I moved I went all the way cross country from Washington state to New York. I impulsively decided I think about 3 weeks before I actually moved. Living in New York was very eye opening for me. I was going to school full time but also realizing that it was not the place I wanted to actually pursue dance. I’m glad that I got to experience New York for the 4 short months that I had.
I moved to LA in October of this year. I have really enjoyed every second of it. I am so excited to see where my career is going to take me. Since I just graduated a little over a month ago, I still have my entire career ahead of me. I am excited to explore what kind of work I want to be doing and excited to see what kind of work maybe doesn’t really fit me as a person. Truly, I am just excited to find myself and my identity as a dancer and make meaningful relationships along the way.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am such an amusement park girl. If my friends are here we are for sure going to one. I think my favorite is Knotts, but 6 flags is a close second. And we will get fast passes because they are always worth it, you got to get every ride in!
We also have to go to El Taco and get the red burritos. They are so incredible and worth the drive. I have also recently discovered my love of boba, so we’ll go find a new boba shop and try it out.
We’ll for sure have a thrift day. Some of my favorite vintage/ thrift shops are Vintage Vortex, SquaresVille, and American Vintage.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
If my parents had not been 100% supportive of what I wanted to do, there would be no way I would be where I am today. Their support really means the world to me. They are excited to see where I am headed and constantly remind me of how they are proud of me and with how competitive and hard I am on myself I really need that.
I also would not be here with out my childhood dance teacher, Maggie Kazemba. She taught me basically everything I know and encouraged me to continue dancing after school. She has been a huge help as I step into the real world and has been right by my side to cheer me on.