We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaitlyn Conley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kaitlyn, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
Taking risks are sometimes necessary to expand your resume. It can be scary, but also fun and exciting! I’ve taken alot of risks in my dance career that have given me opportunities I never thought I would have. I’ve never been afraid to jump into an unfamiliar area just because I have never done it before. I use my knowledge and experience to help me in these cases.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think people may not know my full story and the journey I had regarding my career. There were so many ups and downs that led me to where I am today, it was not always smooth sailing. But I also believe that’s what sets me apart. I trained in various dance styles/genres since I was 2 years old, and pursued different dance careers/paths from the dance competition/convention circuit, to the LA scene, the college dance team world and now the professional cheerleading NFL/NBA industry. The success and the set backs ultimately helped me gain knowledge and experience, and prepared me for whatever dance job that may come my way. One way I look at things that may be different from others, is to always do the thing that scares you because it will only strengthen you, put you out of your comfort zone, and propel you to bigger things. It all led me to where I truly feel I belong in the dance world.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I love the restaurants in Old Town Scottsdale! Diego Pops, Maple & Ash, Nobu, the Mission, the Beverly…..theres so many great places with amazing food and atmosphere to choose from! Maybe head over to Sedona for a couple days for the incredible views.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
It’s hard to name one specific person or group who helped me get to where I am today in my career. There were so many incredible individuals, dance studios, teachers, coaches, dance teams and organizations that offered me the training, tools and experience that I have today. If I had to name a few, I would shout out Slavomir Wozniak for believing in me and pushing me so hard in my training. April Hoffman, my coach on the ASU Dance Team who taught me a lot about how to be a great coach. And Sumer Meyer, the Director of Entertainment of the Phoenix Suns, for guiding and teaching me the ropes in the NBA world.
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