In Episode 47, Staci Flood-Popp shares some of her story and why she chose a career in dance. A move to Paris for a few years changed her life forever!
After receiving her degree in Visual Arts from Wittenberg University, Stacie moved to Paris, France to study as an apprentice under visual artist and professor at Parsons School of Design, David Loeb. During her stay in Paris, Stacie found herself falling in love with another form of visual art, dance. She started classes at Cite’ Veron and Studio Harmonic; focusing on modern, jazz, hip hop, salsa and contemporary. After only one year, she trained professionally under Jean Claude Marignale, Dominique Lesdema, Christopher Huggins, Bruno Collinet and Beverley DeFosses. Stacie also danced in Marginale’s company, Tout en Danse. After she moved back to the States, she started to train in Vagonova, West African dance, and Bartenieff Fundamentals. After returning to Nashville, Stacie worked closely with world renowned choreographer Andre Fuentes and danced with Collide Dance under Erica Sobol.
For the past 18 years, Stacie has taught at Nashville School of the Arts (NSA). At NSA, she developed dancers who have performed with The Louisville Ballet, Boston Ballet, Celine Dion, Donna Summer, DCDC and various other professionals in the concert and commercial dance community. She has served as dance faculty at Vanderbilt University Dance Program and was chosen to be a visiting artist at American College Dance Festival, RADfest, and Big River Dance Festival.
In 2016, Stacie earned her certification in Laban Movement Analysis through the Integrated Movement Studies Program at the University of Utah. After her certification, Stacie has studied with Deborah Hay, Christopher Roman, KJ Holmes, and other great dance makers of the current times.
In this conversation, I gain a better understanding of all that goes into dance and the different styles of dance. I always enjoy hearing how experiencing a different culture can really change a person’s life.
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