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Check out Alexa Giacinto

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexa Giacinto.

Alexa, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My story as an artist is kind of all over the place. I grew up in a small town in Illinois and began dancing very early on and all through high school. I’ve actually been teaching and choreographing in addition to dancing for longer than I’ve been doing most things in my life. After graduating high school, I decided to stick with my passion and attended Columbia College Chicago to pursue a BFA in Dance. College, I think, challenged me in a lot of ways outside of just my movement. I was suddenly forced to have a point of view on things to create my work. Movement for movement’s sake wasn’t going to cut it; I needed perspective. I was able to learn so much about myself and about what work I wanted to create during those years. After graduating in 2016, I quickly moved to Los Angeles where, believe it or not, I took a solid two years off dance. I think I needed a break from the whole scene because it was literally all that I knew. And to be honest, I was scared and insecure about my ability and skill after moving out here since the commercial dance industry IS LA. And there really is a hierarchy in each culture/genre of dance. So, it has been very interesting jumping from a primarily academic and concert dance world, into the commercial dance scene of LA. My first two years in LA I spent just working a lot at my job at the time, and I very recently started implementing dance back into my world. I took on fitness as my preferred vocabulary about a year and a half ago. I work as a membership advisor at Equinox in Beverly Hills, so I’m constantly around people who are working hard on their bodies and on their minds inside and outside of the gym. I fell in love with yoga, boxing, and strength training and basically established a new relationship with myself and my body because fitness became my hobby. Yoga has been a huge focus for me as of the past year or so. It has allowed to link my physical practice with my spiritual practice in a way that I hadn’t previously experienced. Now that I’m getting back into dance a lot more and aiming to get back into choreography, I’m excited to see what movement qualities come about and what I can really create now that I have so many more physical practices to create with. More than anything, I think I’d consider myself a movement artist because there isn’t one vocabulary that speaks to me specifically. Movement is something that can be taught, experienced, re-created, and shared in every way. Movement has always been therapy for me, so it feels good to be able to share that with people.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
The art that I make I want to be very experience-based. I’ve always admired musicians, choreographers, directors, and those who prioritize a multimedia experience. Dancers are amazing technicians to work with because their bodies are their instruments. They are never away from it, so their practice is constantly growing. Movement artists are always finding new ways to connect their emotions to their ever-changing neuromuscular connections. So, putting movement I see in my mind on a dancer is simply therapeutic because whatever the music makes me feel or whatever I need to get out emotionally is going to be best expressed through movement. Sometimes that movement and that art is shared through a yoga flow, or improvisation, or a full-on choreographic experience. I want people who see my work to be okay with not necessarily knowing what it’s about. Each person who sees what I create might have a totally different interpretation of what I’ve created, but that’s the best part. Dance and movement are different every time it’s presented, so there’s always something new to take away from it.

How can artists connect with other artists?
The best advice I can give about being a lonely artist is sometimes when loneliness in your work is a real fear, you just have to face it. It will only help your work in the long run and make you a better artist. You must get to a point where you believe that your work is worth sharing. And if you think about it, everyone around you is an artist. You can pull inspiration from anything and anyone that you meet. If someone is looking to collaborate specifically with another artist, we live in the best time to be able to do that. Social media has changed the game for artists, and I think we’re just tapping into that reality now. There are new mediums for artists to share their work without having to rent out a huge theater to put on a show. You can simply post your work on Instagram or YouTube for free, and suddenly the whole world has the chance to see it. That opens so many doors for collaboration too, so don’t be shy! The Internet makes it so helpful for those who are timid in real life to branch out and create relationships with artists they wouldn’t normally come in contact with. Also, good advice, go do something! Take a class, read a dance history book to find new inspiration, hop online and watch some videos of dancers and other artists doing what you want to be doing. Stay positive and confident in the work that you’re creating, and people will recognize that. Loneliness is a state of mind so make sure you’re recognizing the artist surround you and how they can influence and help your work! Life is a collaboration so keep making it a priority to branch out and connect with other artists. Perspective is key when making art; people provide exactly that.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I’ve been focusing a lot on my online presence lately, so the best way to find my work is going to be on either YouTube or Instagram. I’ll be sharing my most recent pieces there so definitely keep up! A huge majority of the work that I tend to create is captured through a camera. What better place to share that experience than online. There’s a lot of new and exciting work that I’m going to be sharing so please join me and follow along!

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