Today we’d like to introduce you to Anthony Nitbouapha.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Anthony. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Hello! I am a 20 years old Dancer/Choreographer based out of Los Angeles, CA, but originally from Salina, KS. My passion for dance began at the age of 16 when I first audition for my high school’s musical production of “Crazy for you”. I instantly fell in love with the dance aspect going into the show and learning choreography in general was something I found that I loved doing. I then begged my parents to sign me up for my first ever dance class and automatically knew there wasn’t anything else I wanted to do than just dance.
Growing up in a small town I was very limited to certain creative and knowledgeable areas in the dance world, but thanks to all social platforms and technology I was able to discover and be inspired by new and exciting things about dance, which include different styles of dance, the dance community, and so much more.
Everyday I offer a new opportunity for expression to better understand the impact performance has on people. As a creative artist, performing is more than a profession, it’s also a medium of expression and a life passion.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
For me, making dance my all-time profession was such a challenging and difficult process on its own. With all the obstacles and unclear paths that come with any career choice, I believe you hit an unlimited amount of walls. I have faced many difficult situations during my dance career and even in my personal life. From mental and physical challenges as a dancer too long nights away from hometown family and friends, but I believe my greatest overcoming obstacle I have faced was my growth as a dancer/choreographer.
Again being raised in a small and limited town, I was not exposed to the dance world as many kids and dancers my age at the time was. Not growing as a competition/convention kid I wasn’t familiar with certain areas with dance, so my training was very limited. I never really discovered more of the Urban Styles of dance such as Jazz Funk, Contemporary Fusion, and even Hip Hop growing up. It wasn’t until I moved to Los Angeles and attended AMDA College of the Performing Arts that I was really introduced to many styles, and even some I’m still discovering.
With only being at AMDA for nearly two years and taking as many outside classes at some popular LA dance studio’s I believe that my hard work did pay off and I am very grateful for the learning process. Also very grateful for all of my mentors and teachers. Since then I have a better understanding as who I am as a dancer, choreographer, artist, and mover.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am known for being many things, a friend, a hype-man, a creator, a supporter, and lover. I believe that being known for you as a person is better than just a creative or dancer. I tend to mix who I am as a person with my career/profession so there is never a misunderstanding of who I truly am and what I truly stand for. Making dance my career and lifestyle, I specialize in being a professional dancer, choreographer, and movement artist.
Stylistically as a dancer/choreographer, I blend well with Contemporary/Contemporary Fusion, Hip Hop, and Jazz Funk. What I am most proud of is myself. Not knowing what was to come, good or bad I knew that I wanted to achieve something greater for myself as an artist and since then, I feel like I have been and still doing so.
I see all of us on the same path in the world, whether it’s making a living or acquiring a dream we planted as a kid or adult, but I believe what sets me apart from other artist/creatives is simple me just being me. No one can dance like me, no one can see the way I see movement/choreography like me, no one can hear music the way I do, and most importantly no one can be me. There’s only one of me and I know that sets me apart from others.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck for me, good and bad has definitely played a role in my life in many situations. Sometimes it’s dance and other times it’s just living.
Good luck for me has presented itself in small situations that I have noticed, whether that be getting a callback for a show or job or even just checking my dance bag and seeing if I packed the correct shoes for class and I never take those for granted.
Bad luck to me is just a learning experience. I usually never try to acknowledge the bad in life too hard because it can affect my growth or even my state of being. I believe in the simple matter of no matter what luck you are given, take it as a learning experience and be grateful that you’ve identified what needs to be done or be grateful that you are given the chance too.
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