One look at the video from her classes at the Cherry Creek Dance studio located in Denver, Colorado you’ll understand why Emily Sasson and the videos have become a youtube sensation boasting 84,000 + subscribers and 35 million video views. But, take a deeper look and you’ll see an artist dedicated to her craft and the students she’s able to share that craft with. Check out Emily’s interview and get to know this choreographer on the rise, then stick around and check out the youtube videos making her, and Cherry Creek Dance, a household name.
Established Mayhem: Thank you so much for taking the time out to interview with us; as soon as I saw the videos I thought “we’ve got to have this girl on our site!” you’re exactly the kind of person this line was made for.
Emily: No- thank you for having me! I’m excited because I checked out the line and I love it so much, it’s really creative!
Established Mayhem: Thank you… so segueing into the interview, how long have you danced?
Emily: I’ve been dancing for a long time, but didn’t start taking it seriously until I was 15. So that’s 13 years I’ve been a dancer.
Established Mayhem: Do you have any other specialties?
Emily: Not artistic, but I edit all of my videos and I’ve mixed a lot of projects for other artists.
Established Mayhem: See, mixing is an art – as someone who’s dabbled in songwriting and engineering, I think that’s the most important part of the creative process: the mixing. And, it’s funny to me to watch the ways in which everything bleeds together. Like, dancers need music to dance to and musicians need great mixers to make their songs come alive to give to the dancers. I love it!
Emily: I agree.
Established Mayhem: What does your company represent?
Emily: Cherry Creek dance has been around for 17 years and it’s not a competition studio. We pride ourselves on giving the best education to the students and providing as many opportunities as possible. It’s a great opportunity for me because I thoroughly enjoy teaching kids. At the studio I teach about five adult classes per week, but the rest are kids.
Established Mayhem: What’s some advice you have for dancers who are trying to get their foot in the door?
Emily: It’s pretty important to be a well-rounded dancer, hip hop is good, it’s so important to have a round foundation. As a classically trained dancer I trained in a lot of different techniques. I push the technical aspect of dance a lot; I always tell my students to focus on ballet, constantly evolve and keep up with the trends because you need to know what’s going on in order to improve.
Established Mayhem: What are your influences- professionally and creatively?
Emily: When I was a kid, Tina Landon, Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul. I would sit there as a kid and just watch videos over and over again, just watching their moves. As I got older, I’d say Britney Spears, Daren Henson, D. Hubric and the people I’ve discovered on YouTube, watching everyone grow inspires me to get better.
Established Mayhem: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Emily: I love where I’m at right now because I love teaching. I’ve started traveling to do choreography over the US with other studios, so I see myself continuing on this path, expanding my clientele and continuing to watch everyone grow as dancers.
Established Mayhem: How would you say you establish you own lane and push the limits when it comes to your art, business and life?
Emily: I just try to keep my head on my shoulders, a lot of the work I do is for the students, they keep me focused. They’re my biggest inspirations, watching them grow pushes me to be a bigger and better teacher and operate at my highest element. I’ve always maintained that doing what you love is enough, everything else that comes is just icing on the cake to an already great life.
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