From a young age, art + music were major parts of my life. My childhood was full of piano practices and painting lessons. Having parents who exposed me to all sorts of art shaped me into a person who appreciated talent and I started to look for it in hidden places. From unknown painters to budding musicians I decided to establish a series featuring the creators who I know and love and want you to love too!! Wanna help? Read about these amazing people, scope their work, and share their interviews with the artists in your life!!
Today I have the privilege of sharing an interview with Jacob Cohn a dancer from Southern California.
How long have you been dancing?
I've been dancing for 7 years.
How did you get your start in dance?
I started dancing at sporting events and then started taking professional classes after that.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in the industry?
To anyone looking to get into dance the key is to not be afraid of the dance floor. It's a place where you get to move to your own beat and have fun.
What has dance taught you?
Dance has to taught me to move with a level of confidence that really only comes when you're proud of what you can do not just as a dancer but as a person.
What is your favorite song to dance to when nobody is watching?
If I'm by myself I'm working on the same music that I want to be showing off. Which means my favorite song to do by myself is Suavemente by Elvis Crespo.
What kinds of music did you listen to growing up?
Growing up in SoCal I'd say the two types of music I heard most and became most fond of were hip hop/R&B and Latin music.
What types of dance do you practice?
Right now I practice hip hop and salsa more than anything else but I enjoyed mixing in breakdancing and ballet when I was younger.
How do you define the difference between a hobby and a passion?
A hobby is something you do because you like it. A passion is something that you love so much that you'll catch yourself thinking about it or doing it at random times. I constantly break out in little dances if a song gets stuck in my head.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve had to overcome as a dancer, or because of your passion for dance?
Ridicule was an issue in my early years although the biggest jump that I currently face is that I'll be so anxious to try a move that's not done that I'll get hurt in the process. Sometimes I just fall and get right back up. Other times I feel something that wont go away in a knee or shoulder. But even still I get back up and keep moving. To end on a cheesy quote, " music is one of the few things that universally exists across this entire planet"