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Kim Hale: No age restrict for dance profession


The pandemic prompted {many professional} dancers to mirror on their careers, what they’ve achieved and what’s subsequent. For Kim Hale, the pandemic not solely reinvigorated her love of dance but additionally launched her profession to a stage she solely dreamed of attaining.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Hale watched individuals publish movies of them doing brief dances of their dwelling rooms on social media and determined to hitch within the enjoyable. Earlier than she knew it, individuals have been responding effectively to her posts, and her TikTok and Instagram accounts rapidly grew in her following.

“There was no intention behind it apart from to maintain myself from going right into a funk,” she shares with Dance InformaThe dances began small, in her house’s front room, then she let her followers see her get again into ballet class and take hip hop for the primary time from Playground LA’s Dexter Carr. “It has been an attention-grabbing journey.”

Hale isn't any stranger to performing, having appeared on The Ellen Present and The Late Late Present with James Corden, dancing in and assistant choreographing Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Sq., and being solid within the upcoming film Spirited with Ryan Reynolds.

All of this whereas being in her 50s.

“Issues simply began occurring, and I acquired extra assured,” she shares with pleasure.

Hale discovered her ardour for dance at a younger age, particularly in ballet. “Ballet is my old flame, at all times will probably be and at all times has been.”

She labored exhausting and landed a scholarship to Dupree Dance Academy after faculty. Her profession then positioned her on stage in exhibits in Las Vegas, touring the world on cruise ships, dancing within the nationwide tour of Applause, and dealing in pre-Broadway workshops of Chicago and Fosse. She additionally spent 5 years as an assistant professor of dance within the BFA Musical Theater program at Syracuse College, in addition to six years as an agent within the dance schooling and choreography departments at The Motion Expertise Company.

After nearly 20 years away from California, she determined to maneuver again to her house state to additional her educating profession.

Debbie Allen and Kim Hale. Photo courtesy of Hale.
Debbie Allen and Kim Hale. Picture courtesy of Hale.

“The most important reward and one which was essentially the most fruitful was once I took an enormous likelihood and reached out to Debbie Allen’s studio. I had an interview together with her, and it was utterly disastrous,” she remembers with a smile. “I grew up watching her on Fame, and he or she was somebody I appeared as much as. She was giving me robust interview questions, however I consider what received her over was that ballet was my old flame.”

She was employed!

Through the years, Hale discovered herself dropping her love of dance and informed Allen she would by no means dance once more, and didn’t actually wish to train anymore both. Round that point, Instagram was taking off, and Hale supplied to tackle the Instagram account for Allen’s faculty for per week and “see what occurs.”

It took off rapidly.

Hale continued to work with Allen in new methods, from accompanying her to the White Home the place Allen’s college students carried out for then-First Girl Michelle Obama, to being a part of her choreography workforce for the Emmy Award-winning Netflix musical Christmas on the Sq.. One in all Hale’s favourite moments with Allen was her first reside dance class on Instagram, which introduced in over 40,000 viewers.

“I assumed my cellphone was about to crash,” she remembers. On the finish of the category, she took a photograph of Allen laying on the ground, which ended up in The New York Occasions. “It was a really lovely second to be a part of.”

It was by means of Allen that Hale began to see the chances of the place dance could lead on her. “Debbie Allen is a really key half to my story and has had a huge effect on my journey, from watching Fame to as we speak,” she says, particularly in terms of her present age bracket. “She was at all times encouraging me to maintain dancing, and now right here I'm once more.”

Kim Hale. Photo by Michael Higgins.
Kim Hale. Picture by Michael Higgins.

“Kim is a ball of fireside that by no means goes out,” Allen shares. “Relentless and sincere.”

Hale has discovered over the previous two years that there isn't any timeline in terms of dance. Though she was at her “most fiercest dance form” in her 20s, she stated she has performed extra work now in her 50s.

She hopes that by sharing her journey on social media, it's going to encourage others to go after, or reimagine, their goals.

“It has been a present to place all of it on the market, and I’m pleased with the progress I’ve made,” Hale says. “I can really do greater than I assumed.”

She hopes to some day be a lead in commercials, dance on the Grammy Awards or seem on Broadway. For now, she’s going to proceed placing within the work and using the wave.

“Something can occur at any time,” she says. “Do what you're keen on and see the place it leads you.”

By Lauren Kirchmyer of Dance Informa. 



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