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

Hi Renee, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The process of starting a brand new dance convention “Tasmanian Dance Expo” came from a dream that my business partner Lockhart Brownlie had. This is a crazy thought but he had a very vivid dream that we went back to our own country Australia and state ‘Tasmania’ to bring huge opportunities and experiences for the people of our hometown. Nothing had ever been done like it before in Tasmania and both Lockhart and I were ready to learn how to be business owners and run an event like no other for the young dancers of our home. Both of us had gone off to have such successful careers internationally. We were both in a place in life where we were wanted to give back to our people and give them the opportunities that we had always dreamt of.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Our business Tasmanian Dance Expo is a special one for me and my business partner Lockhart. I believe we are a truly authentic brand and we come from the heart of loving dance. In business, it’s really easy to be all about the money and just churning kids in and out at these large dance events. Overheads are crazy expensive and people can in the business world get lost in the money rather than the purpose of WHY we start dance events. WHY do we start them?… The spirit of dance, because we live and breathe dance. We met new people, create memories and learn about ourselves and our bodies. I feel Tasmanian Dance Expo share’s that message and it shows in our branding and the energy we bring to our events.

This business was such a huge undertaking for us and not to mention we made two events happen in the middle of a pandemic being stuck on the other side of the world. There were so many challenges beyond imaginable but we persevered and came out with two extremely successful events. It was a two-year building process before we had our first event and the journey continues.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend or family were visiting Los Angeles I would take them for a drive along the Malibu beaches. Take them to Malibu Farm Cafe. It has beautiful views of the ocean. Take them for a hike on the famous Runyon Canyon.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have had many mentors and a lot of guidance along my journey. The first one being my first dance teacher Jenina Evans, she taught me spirit, hard work, dedication and always encouraged me to put myself out there. A mentor of mine Jason Winters he is one of the greatest educators I’ve ever met and being his assistant for 10 years he trained me to part of the greats. When moving to Los Angeles Kevin Maher took me under his wing gave me opportunities, taught me how to respect myself in the industry and how to be a business woman with knowing my worth. Last but not least Chris Duncan owner of DanceLife unite in Australia has constantly been there helping and guiding me throughout my business career and supported me always. Chris truly gave her time to Lockhart and I in the beginning stages of building the Tasmanian Dance Expo. Forever grateful to all these individuals.

Website: https://www.tasmaniandanceexpo.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reneeritch/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/renee.ritchie.58

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmnhEAYMQtsx-vOV17yHAog

Image Credits
Image credits: Sophia Bender https://www.sophiabenderfilms.com

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