There is virtually nothing that Keltie Colleen can’t do. After several years dancing for the Rockettes she has expanded her career to encompass choreography, TV show hosting, her own clothing line, and most recenetly – a book. Keltie is living proof that with a little hardwork and dedication dreams do come true.
What is your inspiration and motivation to dance?
For me, dancing is like walking or eating, I cannot remember a time that dance was not in my life and so I don’t really need to be inspired to dance, I just am dance.
What was your experience becoming a Rockette like?
Well, it’s been 5 seasons now so there are a bunch of different stories. Mostly, it is the hardest job I have ever had. We work SOOOO hard. There is this huge pressure to be perfect. The directors are very intimating. I’ve made some of my best friends through the Rockettes, and nothing makes me happier. I won’t be joining them this year on the road because I have other things coming up but I love them!
What kind of attitude did you have about life and your career in order to make your dreams come true?
Relentless dedication for sure. hard work, I work harder than anyone else I know. The courage to go out and make your dreams come true is important too.
Do you think your success as a dancer has opened up opportunities for you in other fields? If so, can you tell us a bit about them?
As a dancer I have had a dream career, I’ve gotten to do so many amazing things. Of course, the life of a dancer can be very short so I have started transitioning into more choreography, and lately TV hosting. I really love acting goofy on camera. I’ve always had a mega-personality so it is rad new adventure!
I recently read on your blog that you’re writing a book. Can you tell us what it’s about and how it’s going?
Sure, the book is almost done. I have been writing the thank-you’s and finding photos to go inside. Jerry Mitchell (tony award winner) is writing the foreword and I am so thrilled. There are many rumors about the book out there, but no one really knows what to expect. I think the story is very universal. Love. Dance. Passion. Courage. Hard work. Disappointment.
Can you tell us the story behind your Fearless Heart motto?
I always tell my dancers when I am teaching master classes that they have to be fearless. They MUST just leave all that they have out on the floor + that the only person standing in their way, is them. Having a fearless heart is very important so I just started spreading that around!
Was there a pivotal turning point in your career? Do you think it affected you as a person?
I think it was when I booked my first big American jobs dancing for the Nets + NBA. That sort of rolled into everything else. It made be believe that my dreams were not in vain. The Dance world is very competitive, not unlike music and photography.
Was it ever discouraging? What kept you going despite this?
It is discouraging everyday! I just cried this morning! So tough, it is just all these one in a million chances. Very stressful. For me, I have never been afraid of failure…it keeps me motivated – to prove everyone wrong about me.
Do you have any other advice for anyone who’s chasing after their dream careers?
Just do it. Just get up and go. Now. Don’t make excuses for yourself, and never ever ever give up. ever. promise?
Interview by Nonsense Society’s Kansas Editor, Christy Trapp