On our second episode of ‘dance organizations’ month, your co-hosts Martheya and Azaria interview owner and artistic director of Stage Door Dance Productions, Chasta Hamilton. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about her Amazon #1 Best Selling book ‘Trash the Trophies: How to Win Without Losing Your Soul’, Girls Geared For Greatness a Non-Profit Organization, unhealthy perceptions of winning in the dance world, and business leadership advice for those interested in an entrepreneurial approach to dance and creativity.
This week on DANCE BEHIND THE SCREEN PODCAST…
[0:28] Azaria and Martheya introduce Chasta Hamilton
QUESTIONS WITH CHASTA HAMILTON
[2:54] Martheya asks: “For our audience who hasn’t yet read your book “Trash the Trophies: How to Win Without Losing Your Soul” can you talk about your roles as a dancer, teacher, studio owner and what led you to want to write your book?”
[5:02] Azaria asks: “It was so well written and I feel like I know you. It was so relatable and for me I never grew up in the competition dance world...hearing from this perspective was enlightening for me.”
[6:25] Azaria asks: “You ‘Many justify dance competitions as a necessary preparatory step toward working in the entertainment industry. The trophies don’t prepare us for the reality of the entertainment industry; instead, they give us a false sense of accomplishment that isn’t rooted in reality.’ What do you say to the parents and students who may be addicted to the trophies and don’t see/understand the point you made about the reality of preparation for the field of dance?”
[8:41] Martheya asks: “Can you talk about how you are navigating social media and how you talk to your students and people you mentor?”
[10:35] Martheya asks: “What does it look like when you are talking with your students?”
[14:12] Azaria asks: “Is this reward system verbal?”
[16:22] Azaria asks: “Could you talk about Girls Geared For Greatness, how it came out of your shift from competitive dance, and how that organization is doing today?”
[19:45] Martheya asks: “As a founder, can you talk about what advice you would have given yourself as a leader?”
[21:20] Martheya asks: “How do you know the difference between leaning into rest and moments of pause but also keeping the momentum to move forward?”
[24:10] Martheya asks: “How did you know you needed to take that step (get a leadership coach)?”
[25:18] Azaria asks: “Girls Geared For Greatness the organization is not dance specific?”
[26:15] Martheya asks: “What is it like right now managing these organizations?”
[28:35] Azaria asks: “‘When you’re in the storm, remember: Conflict leads to innovation. Innovation creates change. Change brings opportunity. All will be met with varying levels of resistance.’ Do you have any advice for the dance world as a whole?”
[34:55] Martheya asks: “Is there anything else you want to share with our listeners?”
[35:56] Martheya asks: “I want to mention your work with Global H2O. Can you briefly explain the work that you did?”
[43:22] Martheya asks: “How do you say NO to the BOX?”
[41:15] Azaria asks:
1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?
Workout- The Bump Method, @thebumpmethod https://thebellemethod.com/the-bump-method-online/
[412:28] Martheya asks:
2- What was the first dance you saw?
“I was 2 years old… Hansel & Gretel dance recital ballet”
[42:55] Azaria asks:
3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?
“Yes...truly more of a half-half”
[43:08] Martheya asks:
4- What is your favorite social media platform?
#ChastaHammilton Recommended Resources
Book- Trash the Trophies, https://www.amazon.com/Trash-Trophies-Without-Losing-Your-ebook/dp/B08D6FD6DM/ref=sr_1_1?tag=scribemedia-20&dchild=1&keywords=Chasta+Hamilton+Trash+the+Trophies&qid=1595251624&sr=8-1
Non-Profit- Girls Geared For Greatness @girls_geared_for_greatness, https://www.girlsgearedforgreatness.com/get-involved/2020-project
Website- www.stagedoordance.com | www.chastahamilton.com