Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam Vesperman.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m originally from Kent, Washington and started my dance training when I was about seven years old. I had some pretty bad anger management issues and I guess everyone thought I needed to dance it out. I started out with some basic jazz and hip hop, and eventually took an interest in drama and musical theater. Around the age of ten, I began dancing competitively with Allegro Performing Arts Academy (APAA), attending conventions and competitions locally. I started devoting the majority of my time to my practice, and my dance community became family. When I was 11, I auditioned for the role of Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical and spent two years in London performing the show on the West End. Upon returning from London, I continued my competitive training at APAA, attending more and more dance conventions around the United States. When I decided that dance was something I wanted to pursue professionally, I became invested in doing everything that I could to supplement my future career in commercial dance.
Up until my senior year of high school, I was set on the idea that I would move out to Los Angeles and begin working commercially, but the universe had other plans in store. My life long friend (also named Adam) was attending a new developing dance program near downtown Los Angeles. He spoke so highly of its focus on hybridity and diversity, so I decided to apply. Little did I know that I would later be accepted into the USC Kaufman School of Dance to pursue my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, as well as a Minor in Occupational Sciences. USC Kaufman has opened up my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities within dance. I have had the opportunity to learn, perform, and explore within repertory by Crystal Pite, William Forsythe, and George Balanchine, to name a few. It also forced me to take so many classes outside of my major. My experience at USC has not only supplemented my dance training, but it has educated me to think like a global citizen.
During my time at USC, I have been close enough to the commercial dance scene that I have been able to take professional opportunities every once in a while. I also try to take the class as much as I can to fuel my “commercial dance” soul.
Please tell us about your art.
It is an extremely rewarding experience when I am able to bring someone’s artistic vision to life. Whether it be a film, a live performance, or just workshopping in a studio, I am always down to dance. I show my art in the way that I take a dance class. I show my art in the way that I interpret choreography or a choreographic task. I show my creativity through my knowledge and experience. I have had incredible training opportunities in all aspects of dance, and I try to meld it all into my own identity, ON TOP of staying true to the choreographer/director’s artistic integrity. Being a dancer is like a multi-tasker’s dream!
I hope to inspire other dancers with my work ethic and willingness to try new things. I do not believe that I fit into any specific mold as a dancer. My training experience has taught me to be diverse and to be ready for anything that is thrown my way. I am extremely grateful for these values that were engrained in me from a young age and will continue to carry them with me.
I do choreograph and create work for dance studios now and again. I have also had choreographic opportunities at USC Kaufman. I have found that I am often drawn to groove, isolation, and fluidity within my work. I hope to dive into refining my choreographic voice later in my career.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
It is so easy to get caught up in the trends and feel like you’re trying to be something you’re not. I would say to stay true to your authentic self, ride the wave, keep putting in the work, and value your community! There is no way I would be where I am without the support of my loved ones, mentors, and peers. Never ever forget where you came from. Also, with today’s technology, we’re more connected than ever. Don’t be afraid to reach out to other artists through social media and tell them that you value their work and would like to collaborate, ask for some advice, or discuss ideas and possibilities.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
USC Kaufman has a ton of shows throughout this Spring semester. I will have opportunities to perform in the BFA showcase, as well as dancing in senior project works for some of my peers. Performance and event dates can be found online at https://kaufman.usc.edu/news/.
I am currently working on developing a website to keep all of my work and contact information central and accessible. I also upload a lot of my work to my Instagram. I usually post videos from dance class, short films with fellow collaborators, performances, or improvisation videos. You can support my work by sharing online or coming to see me perform! Or hit me up to collaborate, and let’s make some stuff!
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @adamvesperman
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