Ep. 67 Dancing Through Life | Ft. Jess Grippo
Today on episode 67 we will be speaking to Jess Grippo from JessGrippo.com.
Something I have said and yelled out tens of thousands of times. If you ever read up on me, Cydny, you will know that I am a dancer. A label I wear proudly and often at times struggle with. There is a saying, “once a dancer, always a dancer.” I firmly believe in this, but at the age of 33 and recently quitting my last dance teaching job due to our move abroad, I began questioning again…
Am I allowed to still label myself as such?
That’s until I spoke to Jess and she kindly reminded me that it doesn’t matter. Dance is in all of us and who the hell cares if you are dancing on big stages with a shiny well-equipped resume or bouncing around in your bedroom using your dresser mirror as your audience. Dance is deeply connected in all of us and it’s ability to help us express and release emotions and energy is astounding. I can’t wait for you to hear what Jess is doing to help connect us humans to movement again. The best part is her goofy light-hearted approach. She has plenty of years of professional training, but her videos showcase her very differently. Because dance doesn’t always have to be about nailing the perfect turn.
Ya hear that dancers?
You can let go of all the pressure to be perfect and just dance for the sake of dancing. That is what we are talking about here and I hope you listen all the way through, take her GOAL TIP, and apply!
Although she quit dancing after high school and thought she’d missed her chance, Jess proved her 19-year-old self - and society - wrong. Her DIY dance videos on YouTube years later were the catalyst for reviving her dance practice AND transitioning her career back into dance. Since then she’s been invited to speak and perform on stages like TEDxNYU, Lincoln Center's Dance On Camera Festival, New York's Got Talent! competition show, and the New York Comedy Club.
While she was once the shyest of shy ballerinas, she’s now frequently found dancing spontaneously with strangers in the streets, subways, airports, parks, and more - and making videos with them.
Her “You Can Dance Again” programs and videos have helped hundreds of people in NYC and beyond to reclaim their sense of self through dance, feel at home in their bodies, and revive their creative expression.
TOPICS DISCUSSED ON THIS PODCAST:
Life of an aspiring dancer - Dance is something Jess dove headfirst into as a child with big dreams of being a professional ballerina, that’s until she decided that didn’t align with her.
Transitioning out and back again - Like many artists, Jess lost touch with her craft and felt the pressure of attending a “real college” to find that “real job.” But as most artists know, the passion to create rarely dies as she found herself trying to rediscover what she once loved from a very different point of view.
Guiding others through dance - Jess found a freeing way to creatively express herself far from the norm of her past. She shares her new views and how she discovered that it can help other performers and non-performers reconnect, ground, build confidence, and most importantly be able to enjoy life more openly.
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GOAL OF THE WEEK:
TIP: “Whether you are a dancer or not, take a dance break. Use it as a tool before going into any normal work you do. What that means is to take a break from everything.
Put on music
Dance anywhere from 1-3 songs. Listen to the music, let your body move in any way it wants to,
Then go about your day and see what a difference it can make.