Magazine article Dance Teacher

A Conversation with Danica Paulos

Magazine article Dance Teacher

A Conversation with Danica Paulos

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When Danica Paułos left Southern California at 17 to train in New York City at The Ailey School while she finished high school, she had no idea that she'd be dancing with the professional company within four years. She completed the school's professional program (on scholarship), then landed a spot with Ailey II. After a year, she was invited to replace an injured dancer in the main company, and when her Ailey II season ended, Robert Battle invited her to continue full-time.

"I realize that not everyone has the opportunity to rise through the ranks as quickly as I was able to, because it's such a competitive company without a lot of turnover. I tried to absorb everything I experienced, because I knew it was going to be taken away from me in just a few months."

Paulos also plays a major role in the company's marketing strategy by managing the Instagram feed started four years ago by a group of AAADT dancers. It gives audiences a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the company. Follow @alvinailey on Instagram, and watch Paulos and her fellow dancers perform around the country this month.

On running AAADT's social-media account "I took one semester of beginning photography in high school, and, since then, I've spent a lot of time learning from the internet and practicing the skill. I've cultivated my personal talents in order to get deep into the things our followers want to see. I've used my excitement for life, my openness, my capacity to make people feel comfortable in front of the camera, and the fact that I know the choreography and what will look best on our feed, to create something effective. …

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