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Art & Life with Morgan Weske

Today we’d like to introduce you to Morgan Weske.

Morgan, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m a Roller Skater. I do it for fun and for the love of it, but I also perform and teach it as my day job. You might find me roller skating daily by the beach in Venice, but also at corporate events, parties, music videos, and on film & TV. I also teach lessons and workshops on my own, or with Moxi Skate Shop, which is also located in Venice. You can find more on YouTube and Instagram @MorganWeske. 

 I spend a lot of my time skating the boardwalk or at the Skate Dance Plaza with all the Roller Skating peeps of Venice. You might also catch me from time to time with the Moxi Skate Team, or with the LA Roller Girls.

Outside of skating, I’m a dance teacher and choreographer. I teach over 100 5th graders ballroom dance: meringue, salsa, foxtrot, tango, and swing in the LA public school district for a phenomenal program called Conga Kids. 

I also teach adult hiphop and choreograph music videos for artists. I’ve work with Warner Bro Records, InRage Entertainment, and various other artists. 

I love movement and I love creating from scratch! My dancing and skating definitely go hand-in-hand. Whether it’s dancing on-feet or on wheels, movement is what makes me happy; can’t live without it. It follows me or I find it wherever I go. 

One of my coolest achievements is that I have mostly all female followers and kids! It’s empowered women and kids who mostly look up to me for inspiration, and it’s them who are sliding into my DMs, lol! It feels pretty awesome to be a “cool” influencer and not just another typical IG model. 

I love what I do! Skating changed my life when I was at my lowest and very depressed. In 2016 when my dance career wasn’t paying me a full-time salary and auditions were getting competitive I found skating on the weekends in Venice as my therapeutic outlet! It felt unproductive at the time because I told myself I should be in the studio training. However, it was very productive because I was becoming back into alignment with myself… Finding my happiness again! 

I then started getting more than double the auditions as a skater than a dancer. I booked more commercials, TV, film, and all sorts of gigs through skating than I ever did as just a dancer. When I contemplate why that is, it’s because I was HAPPY. Skating made me so happy that I exuded that joy out into the world and the world brought it back to me. This is who I am, and I love it.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I believe what you’re doing is exactly the right thing! I can’t think of a better outlet to voice artists than what you’re doing right here! So, thank you!!! More artists showcases would be great too! 

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I post on all forms of social media! I have videos and tutorials on YouTube. I share my skate videos on Instagram too. Social media is what’s getting me gigs. I would LOVE to start traveling and teaching all over the world! I’ve had Inquiries from skaters from many different places in the world asking me to come out to their city and country to teach! However, I’m not sure if I have enough of the following in all those cities to put together a tour like that. If I had help from other bigger influencers it would help make my dream come true, to travel and teach roller skate dance workshops, along with performances all over the world!

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Image Credit:
Gene Lewis

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