Today we’d like to introduce you to Angel Strittmater.
Hi Angel, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I grew up in prior lake Minnesota. I began dancing at the age of four when my mom took me out of gymnastics due to my neighbor breaking her arm multiple times. I immediately fell in love with dance and began competing at the age of six, however I wasn’t very motivated until I was about 13. I had always been naturally good at dance, but once I realized my sister was better than me at dance, my competitive side began to show. I began training extra hard and started seeing dance as a never ending class puzzle that I was eager to solve. I had always wanted to move to La but was told to go to college to get a “real job”. I started out as a physiology major at the University of Minnesota but quickly realized the only thing that brought me joy was dance. I then switched my major to dance and joined the University of Minnesota dance team. Unfortunately doing both the dance major and dance team burned me out in my sophomore year of college and as a result, I went through a rough period of severe anxiety and depression. My relationship with dance was strained as I felt I wasn’t ever enough, however through open classes and trips to LA, I rediscovered my passion for dance and began working towards treating my anxiety and depression. During the pandemic, I taught at many local dance studios and graduated from college, and the summer after I graduated, I moved out to LA for dance! It has been a wild ride of learning but I now work as a personal trainer, dancer and dance teacher.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, struggled with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. My perfectionism in relation to dance made it difficult for me to see the improvements that I was making and if I was good enough to move to LA. It was also difficult prior to moving to LA as I worked almost every dance teaching in order to save up money for moving. Moving was rough as I drove straight through the country, and learning how to navigate city life has been stressful.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a professional dancer with Bloc Los Angeles! I specialize in contemporary, jazz, acrobatic dance, and jazz funk, but also have trained in hip hop, heels, ballet, and tap. I am most proud of moving to LA because that was the most nerve-wracking part. I think what sets me apart from others is my resilience and positivity because I keep showing up every day, even when I want to give up. This determination helps me achieve my goals and progress as a dancer.
What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
I see dancers getting more recognition as far as choreography and prominence in pop culture. Dance and movement coaching is essential to movies, awards show, tv, and many other performances and I hope that dancers wages will increase and be more consistent in the future. I also think that online presence for dancers will continue to be essential (i.e., Instagram)
- Instagram: @angelstritt