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Episode 140 | Creating Dance Content: Sarah Tran, TranScend Motion

Sarah Tran, Founder and Artistic Director of  TranScend Motion, joins Martheya to talk about Creating Dance Content. They discuss building her company TranScend Motion, creating content for social media, and tips for starting your own company. (29:28)


[0:12] Martheya says welcome back 


[1:01] Topic: Sarah & TranScend Motion

  • [1:01] Martheya asks: “it would be great if you could briefly introduce yourself and your company, Transcend Motion?”

  • [2:32] Martheya asks: “Can you maybe describe the constructed standards in society that you want to work against and why do you want to work against them?”

  • [4:57] Martheya asks: “You talk about this process of pain, survival, and healing,  why are you interested in exploring trauma as a method for creating dances?” 

[7:11] Topic: Creating Content for Social Media

  • [7:11] Martheya asks: “Can you share some tips on what it's like to create your own dance company?”

  • [9:54] Martheya asks: “Could you maybe share some tips for how you think about creating content? What's your strategy for social media?” 

  • [12:53] Martheya asks: “How do you pick what little 10 seconds that you want to show? Are there specific things you're looking for?”

  • [14:36] Martheya asks: “Has social media impacted how you're thinking about creating your dances for live performance or your dance films?”

[16:02] Topic: Trends in Dance & Tech 

  • [16:02] Martheya asks: “What are the trends that you're seeing right now on social media as it pertains to dance content? And what are trends that maybe think are really interesting and that you're exploring for yourself? And what trends do you wish would stop?”

  • [18:34] Martheya asks: “Do you focus on shooting your content mainly vertically, or do you still shoot some content horizontally as well?”

  • [21:00] Martheya asks: “I would love to talk to you about what are you seeing as, we talked a little bit in regards to social media, but what are the trends you're seeing with dance and technology?”

  • [24:20] Martheya asks: “I'm wondering, how are you thinking about the impact of AI?” 

  • [26:22] Martheya asks: “How do you say no to the box?”

[27:02] Martheya asks:  

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

[27:17] Martheya asks:  

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • Paris by Night

[27:32] Martheya asks:  

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)? 

  • Yes

[27:38] Martheya asks:  

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Instagram 

Connect with Sarah Tran & TranScend Motion

Sarah Tran is a Vietnamese-American dance artist, choreographer, performer, and educator. Tran holds both Masters of Fine Arts in Dance (2022) and Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies (2019) degrees from Texas Woman’s University. Previously, she was an adjunct professor at University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University. Currently, she is working as School Business Manager at Texas Ballet Theater. Tran also is the founder and artistic director for a dance company called TranScend Motion based in Dallas, TX. TranScend Motion is a creative dance company that converges movement making across various art implements to produce original dance works. The mission of TranScend Motion is to create, share, and communicate human conditions and narratives through movement. Tran's choreography revolves around honesty, imperfections, and resistance against the currents of certain constructed standards in society. Her teaching pedagogy supports the exchange of different bodies, identities, and cultures in shaping a community.


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