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Art & Life with Nikki Keeshin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nikki Keeshin.

Nikki, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and I started dancing at the age of 2. I fell in love with movement as a form of expression. I transferred to The Chicago Academy for the Arts High School, in the city. I would take the train down for an hour each way to high school and that’s where I really came into myself as a young artist. I had the privilege to be surrounded by artists of all different mediums and grew to appreciate classical dance training. After that, I went to The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where I received my BFA in Dance. I began showcasing my choreography each semester there and throughout showcases in Philadelphia and New York. After graduation, I immediately moved to LA to start my career as a dance artist. I’ve been in LA ever since!

Please tell us about your art.
I always say that I feel like an introvert in an extroverts’ craft. I enjoy my own company and tend to be a bit reclusive. Movement has always been my way of speaking out loud. When creating, I enjoy making audiences question things and creating new experiences. I love awkwardness, because that means that it’s new. I yearn to break away from the expected and the literal.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I think the role of the artist remains the same. We have always been the ones to push for change and to make bold statements. You can’t really make art without being affected by your own experience. Art imitates life and we must continue to use our platforms to make our voices heard.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Right now, most of my work is online. I’m always looking to collaborate and create with all different kinds of artists! My favorite way to meet people is through creating.

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Image Credit:
Chelsea Maker, Alex Cole, Ashton Williams, Simms City Activity, and Josh Nachoz

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