Caitlin McCarty is a writer, dancer and choreographer based in Reno, NV. Upon graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno with her bachelor's degree in English Writing, Caitlin moved to New York where she worked as an associate for Gallim Dance. Today Caitlin works as dance teacher for local non-profit organizations, is a contributing author for a local newspaper, and has started her own contemporary dance company, Collateral&Co. She is interested in the correlation between dance and text and is passionate about the future of dance writing.
Working in a smaller city as a choreographer and worried you're not getting the same opportunities you would in the Big Apple? We've been there and we hear you. But what if your little city can contain your choreographic dreams—and make them come true?
Winston-Salem, North Carolina–based Helen Simoneau, who has gained national and international recognition for her choreography, credits much of her success to being based in a smaller city: "You can shape your environment," she says, pointing out that there isn't as much competition for audiences and funding.
But how do you take your passion for posting your dance videos on social media and translate that into a career in dance for film?
Using social media is a great way to get your career off the ground. And now, with editing tools like Boomerang built directly into the Instagram app, you can make even more creative choices. Holly Wilder of Wilder Project says that social media offers a place to experiment: "You can release small segments of work or unfinished ideas."