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Daily Inspiration: Meet Beau Campbell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Beau Campbell.

Hi Beau, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am a California native and feel very proud of this fact. I grew up by the ocean and feel that its sounds and majestic beauty are my connection to the bigger picture and the place I go when I need to re-center and ground myself. I have moved around a lot over the past ten years and was thrilled to move back to LA two years ago with my husband and my two cats. My professional background includes 15 years as a professional dancer (mainly ballet). I danced for eight years at Ballet Arizona under the direction of Ib Anderson. This was the time I found many artistic callings and also the time I met my partner (Myles Lavallee). While I danced full time, I began to go to school at night for photography and started to carry my camera around with me into the studio. The dancers there became my first subjects and sparked my inspiration as a photographer. Dancers started to ask me to photograph their weddings, their pregnancies, their families and said YES to everything. Eventually, the school of Ballet Arizona asked me to photograph for the spring recital and any other needs they had. I also started to photograph for the dancers non-profit (Artist Relief Fund) gala and when I left the company in 2014, I came back several times to Arizona to work for them.

During the last couple of years at Ballet, Arizona I started to teach yoga, which was truly transformative and gave so much life to my dancing. Teaching provided me a new perspective and helped me work through self-limiting beliefs about my body and my art. I decided to create a method called the YogarinaFLOW that combines the freedom and grace of dance with the healing qualities and breath of yoga. I started dancing for another company Quixotic Fusion (based in Kansas City) and they presented me with the opportunity to tour with Wanderlust Festivals to perform and teach my method across the US and Canada. This was a huge turning point for me and my focus shifted from always trying to be a perfect ballerina, to truly connecting to people and helping them express themselves through movement. I started to see art as a way to share stories and fell in love with teaching as well as capturing people in their element. My husband and I moved to Montreal for two years and Chicago for two years, and during that time I toured with the dance company Momix. Again I found another side of myself- a stronger woman that could be seen and also see the beauty and potential in other people. I feel that this time opened my eyes past my own reflection in the ballet studio mirror and into the bigger picture of how I wanted to feel and make other people feel. This takes a lot of inner work and self-reflection on the daily. Ballet often makes you compare & judge yourself constantly, and I hope that with my photography, I make dancers and yogis feel SEEN and confident even in the darker moments. On with the story- we moved back to Los Angeles about two years ago now and moved to Hollywood right before the lockdown. I felt as though I was starting in a new community at the worst time.

But luckily, the interwebs have kept me connected. I moved my yoga business all online and I decided to create a course using movement, meditation and mindset work for people to flow at home, observe their inner state and take positive action. YogarinaFLOW & Shake your Chakras and two of my signature offerings that I knew could help people work through emotions and shift towards a state of confidence and joy. These methods help me go from feeling stuck, alone and unmotivated to feeling inspired creatively and confident to build the life I envisioned despite the current setbacks and challenges. I was traveling back to Phoenix for photoshoots and was trying to make connections in Los Angeles. Through the dance community, I started to photograph LA dancers outdoors (socially distanced). I love to create portraits of people doing what they love. This is mostly through dance and yoga as that is my community but what I am truly striving for is passion. I want to see how people express themselves- where they feel both vulnerable and confident. I want to spark inspiration and keep creating art because that is truly the best medicine. When in doubt- MAKE ART. Art has pulled me out of some dark places and connected me to people in a meaningful way. Moving my body, teaching others and capturing these moments are the pillars of my life.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My biggest struggle has been my own self-limiting beliefs. The dance world is very unforgiving and lent to me creating limitations for myself. Yoga and family have helped me reframe many of these beliefs, but it’s a daily practice and something I dedicate a lot of time to. I also dedicate time to sharing my practices with others. I tend to fear rejection and confrontation but have realized that acting through fear is what life is. Fear does not have to control me. It’s there for my own good sometimes. The most profound growth and transformation always come after big moments of fear and doubt. But you still have to act and put yourself out there. A YES can change your life, but if you don’t try you’ve already solidified a NO. Loss and grief have been struggles as well. I lost my father while I was working on a piece called White Widow with Momix. This solo was about trying to hold onto someone while the world keeps going on. It was hard for me to truly give myself to the piece because it was so close to what I was going through. When I finally leaned into it, it helped me process my emotions. It gave them an outlet and hopefully gave permission to those who saw it t also express what they may have been holding onto inside.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’ve always done many things at once, which sometimes is hard but it works well for my Gemini self. I am most proud of my creations with YogarinaFLOW. I infuse dance into yoga and fitness so students can connect with their bodies, express themselves creatively, and break through to confidence & JOY. I have created online movement and coaching programs with the goal of cultivating confidence and sparking inspiration in student’s lives. I am also so proud of my ability to pull this expression out of people from behind the camera. There’s an art to making people feel beautiful and an amazing collaboration that occurs during a photoshoot.

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
Movement: They can sign up for an online fitness or yoga program. I also lead group coaching programs online through www.beaucampbell.com (@theyogarina). I also have a teacher training program for yoga teachers or dancers and want to teach my method or enhance their own teaching skills. Photography: Book a photo session with me (@beaucampbell.photography) for dance, yoga, family, weddings or lifestyle portraits in Los Angeles or Phoenix. (Willing to travel as well, but those are my home bases).

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Image Credits:

Models: McKenzie Byrne Alicen Carter Jillian & Nayon Iovino Myles Lavellee Elise Filo Rochelle Anvik Hannah Keene

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