We had the good fortune of connecting with Shannon McKenzie Perkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shannon McKenzie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I’ve definitely taken risks in my career. I like to think of them as learning adventures. The times that I’ve trusted my instincts have most often been beneficial. My career is built upon many leaps of faith that happened along my path as a performer. Each risk I’ve taken has had either a reward or a punishment, but there was a lesson in every outcome. I think the biggest lesson was authenticity. When I began to have a clear vision of myself as a person, I became more confident in the direction of my career.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Most people who know me will think about me as a dancer. Although I began as a Dancer, I evolved into a choreographer. As a young dancer I was exposed to a large variety of music. I learned to appreciate music of all types and enjoyed learning the dance styles that went along to the music. I taught myself to edit music and create unique mixes for myself and, eventually, my dance students. This is when I really started doing a lot of my early choreography work. I have had a very diverse career as a choreographer. I’ve worked for competitive dance teams, schools, musical theater, fashion shows, community events, parades, pageants, ballroom dancers, drag shows, ice skaters, gymnasts & casino shows. I consult with my clients to create a customized performance based on their needs. I think it’s my appreciation for so many styles of music and dance combined with my customized service that sets me apart. I look forward to the careful planning of a huge production as much as creating a simple solo for a talent show. I love painting a picture set to the music of my client’s choice. I truly enjoy bringing a performer’s vision to life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My list would be: 1. Postino’s for lunch on the patio 2. Charlie’s Phoenix for Karaoke & a drag show 3. Spring training game 4. Staycation at the Princess Resort 5. Day trip to Sedona
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
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