Today we’d like to introduce you to Chad Geiger.
Chad, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I realized very recently that “dancer” is likely my most identifiable trait. When you ask who I am or what I do, the easy answer is, “I’m a dancer.” It’s not only my career, but it’s my passion. It’s taken me a long time to realize that I can be so much more than that. I’ve only been dancing since college. Dance wasn’t even on my radar in high school–I was a gymnast with no real dreams or aspirations. The plan was to go to school for graphic design and live by an easy-to-follow, step-by-step blueprint that would lead to success, steadiness, and a family. Then I discovered dance–and that messed all of those plans up. I found an intense passion that I had never experienced before. The ability to move my body with purpose and intention while also pursuing increasing degrees of skill and athleticism–that was it. That was everything. I threw myself into dance and eventually began booking some work–completely by accident. So I eventually dropped out of college to pursue dance full-time, and I’ve never looked back. To this day, dance is the happiest mistake of my life. The goal now is to take everything that dance has given me and to share it. I want to be more than just a “dancer.” I hope to be able to support other artists and creators in their endeavors, to become multi-faceted, and to be a source of information and encouragement. Being a “dancer” is only the beginning.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I started dancing pretty late in life to be chasing a career in it. Quite often, I felt silly–being a fully grown adult, fighting for what could be seen as just a pipe dream. I took class with teenagers who were much more advanced than I was, just so I could progress. There’s not a lot out there for adults who are just starting out. As much as I loved dance, it was hard to find my own voice within it as I continued. I struggled with understanding what was unique to me and what I had to offer. I heard so often when I began that specificity in knowing what you want is so important. If you don’t know what you want, you’ll never get anywhere because you don’t know where to go. So many people tell you that you can’t be successful unless you do A, B, C… I had no idea what I wanted. I just knew that I wanted to dance. So I tried everything. And went for everything. I found the more I put myself out there, the more I began to really get myself. What I was good at. What read well in an audition. The type of work that I enjoyed doing and the type of work I had no business in. I found that trial by error is not a bad thing!
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
In my career, I’ve gotten to dance for artists like Dua Lipa, James Corden, Dolly Parton, Meek Mill, Debbie Allen–on television shows, movies, music videos, live performances–I’ve booked jobs that I only dreamed about! But I’ve found some of my favorite jobs have been for independent artists. An artist who pays out of pocket for their vision to come to life is usually so much more invested in the process and passionate about the outcome. I’m so drawn to creators who put everything into their craft. I’m always open to new experiences. Especially in a time like this, any opportunity is a great opportunity! You never know where you can end up if you don’t give it a shot! Now, as I continue on in my career, I’m searching for my purpose within it all. I’m still dancing–I always will–but now I’m looking for ways that I can play more of a supportive role for artists that are on the up-and-up. I’ve seen so many dancers that work their asses off and deserve all the success in the world–and I want to be able to play a part them achieving it. Any way that I can lift up and encourage anyone on their way to living out their dreams–that’s my new dream.
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
I was really lucky to have a teacher early on who saw potential in me. Shout out to Jenn Kaiser and Nikki Wintters for bringing me opportunity after opportunity and for constantly pushing me to be a greater version of myself. I can say with 1000% certainty that I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. I found them at a time when I didn’t know what I needed, and they were always happy to help guide me in the right direction.
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