Today we’d like to introduce you to JaLena Findley.
Hi JaLena, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
In 2018, I was really learning about the dance industry and classes with different genres. I loved that idea and thought it would be so beneficial for dancers in Baltimore. Getting a feel of multiple genres, learning about dancing with control and different pockets would open the minds of many dancers and hopefully opportunities. However, there weren’t many multi-genre classes being taught in Baltimore, the majority of them were heels. I wanted to create a space where all types of dancers could come and train. From contemporary to hip hop, from heels to HBCU Dance Line. I wanted everyone to feel like they were welcomed. I got where I am today with consistency and believing in myself. Being consistent with anything you’re passionate about is important. I constantly posted dance videos and class information and people began see notice Childish Choreography and love what it stands for. Ever since then, Childish Choreography has been thriving.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It was definitely not a smooth road. I’ve encountered different struggles such as doubt from those who were close to me. Many people told me “Childish Choreography won’t be successful”, “Dance isn’t a real job”, “You need to get realistic and do something that will make you money”. Another struggle was the pandemic. Coming from having full, high energy and successful classes, it was definitely a major shift when the world shut down. I thought to myself “Childish Choreography just took off, what am I going to do now?”. It definitely threw me for a loop.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am the Founder/ CEO of Childish Choreography. We hold dance classes in Baltimore with genres such as Hip Hop, Contemporary, Heels, and HBCU Dance Line. Childish Choreography is most known for the HBCU Dance Line and Hip-Hop classes, they are a favorite among the dancers who attend class. I am most proud of Childish Choreography’s growth. The love and support that I’ve seen is really motivating and it keeps me going. I believe what sets us apart is how diverse we are when it comes to dance genres. It’s something for everyone. People can train and improve in genres they love or people can attend a new class and potentially fall in love with it. I’m currently focused on is continuing to grow the classes and directing my own dance visuals. I’ve completed one so far and I have so many ideas for future ones.
Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
What I like best about Baltimore is the talent here. There are so many talented and gifted souls. From dancers to singers, entrepreneurs, poets, artists and so much more. Great people are made here. What I like least is how Baltimore is portrayed. It’s so much more than crime, drugs, and negativity. People hear Baltimore and think the absolute worst and they never hear the positives and greatness that occurs.
- Class Tickets: $20
- Private Sessions: $60
- Group Sessions: $30/ dancer
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/childishchoreography?utm_medium=copy_link
- Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC5w0V1XzYEHYcV8rFRzLGpQ