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Life & Work with Coco LaFousfous

Today we’d like to introduce you to Coco LaFousfous.

Hi Coco, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I moved from the Midwest to Los Angeles in 2013 in hope to challenge myself as an artist. I quickly found Aeriform Arts, an Aerial Arts studio and I immediately fell in love. I spent the next seven years learning everything I could about Aerial dance; eventually becoming a professional aerialist and aerial arts teacher. I taught Aerial Lyra, Silks, hammock, cube, and even multiple youth classes. When the pandemic hit, like so many others my life turned upside down. While there’s so much I love about Los Angeles, quarantining in my small downtown apartment was less than ideal. My partner and I decided to pack up and head back to the Midwest to be closer to our families. While it was frustrating to be so far from LA, the emergence of digital theater has kept me close to my performing arts community.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My road has been long and winding. From my humble beginnings, working and saving to get out of my small town. Then getting to Los Angeles and having my car break down on the ten freeway, I found myself having to adjust to living in the city of cars without a vehicle. Of course just as I became accustomed to the public transit, dancing, teaching, performing and working out about six days a week, the global quarantine began. Like so many other artists, my whole world came to a startling halt. I found myself staring down an empty calendar, with performing prospects and going from teaching 12 classes a week to just one zoom class a week. While I am very grateful I was able to continue teaching, that my partner could continue to work, it was a very dark time in my life. Not knowing when my career could come back, being without my community, and the isolation of quarantine left me with a lasting hopeless feeling. I was so grateful when the opportunity to become vaccinated became available, I jumped at the first chance. Since then, more performance and teaching opportunities have emerged and I am so happy to be working again. I know there will be more challenges in the future, but after 2020 there’s nothing I can’t handle.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am an Aerial artist, a dancer, a burlesque performer, a choreographer, a dance teacher, and Aerial instructor. I am most proud of my choreography in my aerial ballets and most recently my work with the troupe the Torch Sisters. I love to create movement that gives an audience a sense of wonder and emotions. Whether it’s a 3 minute solo performance or an evening’s length show, I put the same intense creative energy into all of my work.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
While there have certainly been difficult times within my life, I would still count myself very lucky, Lucy to find a career I love so early in life. Lucky to have a partner who’s support has kept me going even when I didn’t believe in my talents. Lucky to have a body that has allowed me to perform and teach as much as I have. Lucky to have found so many talented friends to inspire and challenge me.

My bad luck may have seemed louder in a moment, but my good luck always seemed to shine through.

Pricing:

  • Private Lessons: $100/hr
  • Online classes $10
  • In person classes $20-30

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Image Credits:

George Simian, Lost Hat Media, Measha Vieth Deric Mendes Coco Lafousfous, Mesha Lea Photography

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