CarliAnn Forthun joins the Intrepidus Staff as Outreach Coordinator!
As Intrepidus Dance begins gearing up for our second season (wow, already?!), we're ecstatic to start revealing some of our projects that are ready to emerge from their developmental stages. The first of these being the Intrepidus Dance Outreach Program.
Along with this launch, we're also very pleased to announce that CarliAnn Forthun has joined the ranks of the Intrepidus Staff as our Outreach Coordinator! CarliAnn has been and will continue to work side-by-side with Founder & Director Holly Logan to develop and implement the various layers of our budding outreach program.
Stay tuned for Holly's thoughts on the impetus behind Intrepidus Dance's step into the realm of outreach tomorrow. Until then, enjoy getting to know CarliAnn & her outreach goals a little better below!
Executive Director, Intrepidus Dance
What interested you in the outreach program with Intrepidus?
Over the past couple of years I have had the opportunity to teach some amazing kids in unique situations. I coached gymnastics, taught dance, and worked with a children’s theater. Each time I walk into a class, practice, or rehearsal it becomes evident that these kids are taking away more than just physical skills, they are also learning the importance of dedication and hard work. Its incredibly rewarding and grounding for me to work with kids. When I mentioned this to Holly and Sam, the stars sort of aligned, and it became clear that we have similar visions when it comes to outreach. Bringing dance to kids.
What's the best movie you've seen this year?
The Imitation Game.
What is your favorite board game?
Settlers of Catan
Would you rather have the power to be invisible or to read minds?
Be Invisible …. and be able to fly
What was the last picture you took with your phone?
View of Alki Beach
What is your perfect pizza?
Gluten-free pepperoni with black olives and cheddar cheese
What instantly cheers you up?
Cute cat videos, teaching kids, watching Parks and Rec, a cup of hot chocolate
Which do you use more often, a dictionary or a thesaurus?
What is the most memorable dance class you have taken & why?
I wish I could I pinpoint one class. Two teachers come to mind. My classes from my professor Meghan Walker-Straight left an impression on me and helped me define why I was dancing. She was a dancer for Merce Cunningham for 20 years and taught his technique. Its an intense mind-bending, upright, and structured technique. Not only did the steps challenge, it was Meghan pushing us to dance in and around the framework of the technique. I remember one time I had figured “it” out for one combination, this was a big deal. One time she straight up asked us all why were dancing and did we honestly see ourselves continuing after college.
More recently, I took a workshop from Eric Beauchesne of Kidd Pivot. It was an amazing class based on structured improv to create choreography. This work delved into layers upon layers of movement with yourself and other dancers. It was very enlightening; but more importantly, it lifted my soul the way dance does.
Tell us a little bit about your personal goals as outreach coordinator:
Encourage confidence in each child we teach to trust themselves and try new things.
Teach kids to be familiar and comfortable moving in their own skin and try new things.
Incorporate some gymnastics into class; every child should feel comfortable going upside down.
Learn from Holly how to run an amazing and well organized program.
Bring dance to kids who may not have the opportunity to take class.