We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Wright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I think that my brand as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and trainer has been so successful because it is authentically me. I will work tirelessly to achieve my goals because of how much I absolutely adore dancing, choreographing, and teaching. Since the age of 14, I have been putting my dance career and training first, which has not been a simple task. I’ve had to miss out on many family gatherings, time with friends, and personal relationships due to my rigorous schedule. Because I juggle dancing professionally alongside teaching and choreographing for dancers and yogis around the country, my schedule is not your average 9 to 5. Though, I would not change my crazy schedule for the world. Each of my many experiences as an artist has immensely elevated my brand.
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.
My work is a culmination of all of my experiences as a dancer including my competitive years as an adolescent, intensive training programs, and the technique I refined as a student at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. I believe that my work is unique because I build my own sound scores that include contrasting genres of pop music. These scores inform the way I shape and create choreography. The process of making these musical scores takes just as long as it does to generate movement. I am most proud of my last work, “bcc”, which was presented in New York and Los Angeles before the pandemic in 2019 and 2020. In this work, the dancers embodied the idea of androgyny to create a genderless, contemporary work where each dancer, male or female, became the same ambiguous “species”. The opportunities that have presented themselves to me so early in my career were only because I constantly sought after them. I have and will continue to submit my work and myself for everything I possibly can. And I have to say, I am so blessed to have experienced so much right out of college, before the pandemic hit. Though pandemic or not, I knew going into this career would be undoubtedly hard. Every day brings new ways of questioning myself, mental and physical exhaustion, and fear of rejection. I’ve been able to manage the anxiety of this intensely competitive career by focusing on all of the things that I do know. I know that I cannot imagine my life without my art, and that is enough to do everything I can to pursue my passion fearlessly.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you’re looking for some fun spots to check out for the summer in Los Angeles, these are some of my absolute favorites. My favorite thing to do in the city is Melrose Trading Post in Fairfax. This is a Sunday only flea market held at Fairfax High School with amazing food trucks, vintage clothing vendors, and art like you wouldn’t believe. If you’re looking for unique finds for your home or closet, this is the place to visit! My next go-to spot is Malibu. Nothing compares to a quiet and relaxing beach day in Malibu with your favorite book. Top the evening off at Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market & Cafe and you will not be disappointed. Their seafood is to die for! Finally, I would recommend the Griffith Observatory’s star party night. Once a month, astronomers from all over the city bring their telescopes to the lawn of the Griffith Observatory and point them at specific stars. It’s a very informational visit, and or a romantic date night!
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 love to dedicate my shoutout to my parents. My success and career is due to their constant encouragement and personal sacrifice. Their dedication and financial support offered me the best possible training I could’ve received. Each experience led me to pursue a career in dance and choreography. Thanks mom and dad – you’ve taught me how to work hard for what I want, and have helped me achieve more than I could’ve dreamed of by the age of 24.
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