Continuing our series of interviews, I had the pleasure of talking with an ex-dancer, Drue Green. Her journey to professionalism started in the UK in the late 1960s and took her to Spain and America. Now working in America as a paralegal, Drue discusses her joys and the pitfalls associated with having pursued her passion.
What advice would you give to people who are considering a career in the arts?
There is nothing wrong or unrealistic with the idea of having a career in the arts. However, you have to know that you can’t dance forever. You need to have more than just stage presence. You have to take the time to learn the craft and science of dancing. Actors go on to direct. Dancers become choreographers and, in some cases such as Fred Astaire, Gregory Hines, and Doris Day, actors and actresses. Like boxers and athletes, some of the best dance teachers and choreographers were once really good dancers. As an artist, you can’t put all your eggs in one basket. You have to diversify.
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Written by Jameka Neil