The Dance Exec is excited to premiere our Featured Guest series that will highlight influential figures in the dance industry via a questionnaire.
Our first Featured Guest is Cara Goodwin. Cara is a dancer, instructor, and choreographer, but, beyond that, she is a brilliant person with a genuine heart of gold. Her enthusiasm is contagious, her commitment admirable, and her passion and eagerness to improve her students is honest and steadfast.
Cara was trained and later taught at Denise Wall’s Dance Energy in Virginia Beach, VA. From there, Cara performed for several companies including Cirque du Soleil and taught at Broadway Dance Center. Currently, she is the Artistic Director of her company Beyond Lines Contemporary Dance Company in New York City.
Get to know Cara better below:
Full Given Name: Cara Jane Goodwin
Where You Grew Up: Virginia Beach, VA
Favorite TV Show: Modern Family, All the Right Moves
Great Read: My Sister’s Keeper
Currently on Your iPod: Of Monsters and Men, Mumford and Sons, Ingrid Michaelson
Dance Inspirations: Desmond Richardson, Denise Wall
Memorable Dance/Career Moment: My favorite dance career moment was every second involving the show I created in NYC on my dance company. I took artwork that was painted by my boyfriend, who was an artist and a NAVY Seal, KIA in Afghanistan, and created dances around them. The show raised money for the Wounded Warrior Project. As soon as the show ended and my dancers began to bow, everyone jumped up to give them a standing ovation. That was the peak moment in my career. Coming on stage to bow for a full standing audience for that cause and my work was a heartwarming moment.
Advice to Dance Educators: Constantly keep your students growing by introducing them to new things and always expect to give more than you receive. If you take your students to conventions/competition the goal is to learn, not to win. The students should be absorbed in knowledge and feedback, not trophies. Also, aim to bring in a lot of guest teachers, whether it is to give your students new knowledge and/or to introduce them to new genres of dance, or whether the guest teacher comes in and says the same thing you have been saying in a different way. Sometimes this is all it takes for a student to understand what you have been explaining all along.