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Friday, June 5, 2009

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Talia Castro-Pozo, Co-Director of Stepping Out Studios

Talia Castro-Pozo is the Co-Director of Stepping Out Studios. Talía has made Stepping Out her home since 2001. Because of Talía's diverse background as a performer and business woman, she brings a hip, savvy approach to the dance studio business. She has creatively guided studios throughout the New York area to success for over 10 years.

Talía also coaches students and professionals in all styles of dance. Her partner dance, coaching expertise includes social to competitive dance styles in Ballroom, Rhythm, Latin, Show Dance, and Theatre Arts.

Formerly, "Peruvian Ballet representative to the world", Talía has trained with top teachers globally in all styles of dance since age 3, turning professional at age 14.

Her performing credits include numerous appearances in commercial print ads; she starred in the independent film, "Falling in Rhythm"; was a featured dancer in the movie "Summer of Sam"; choreographer for the independent film "Angela"; and has also appeared in numerous commercials, music videos and TV specials.

In her continuing effort to cultivate the arts in the community, Talía supports new projects such as student dance companies, special parties, readings, dance/theatre showcases and fundraising. She is a William Esper Studio graduate; and is a Board member for non-profit organization for the arts.

Peachy Deegan interviewed Talia Castro-Pozo for Whom You Know.

Peachy Deegan: What is your first dance memory?
Talia Castro-Pozo: Performing at the National Theatre in Lima, Peru for the first big.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue dance as a career?
After watching Alicia Alonso perform live. I was 3 years old.

What is the hardest dance to teach?
The character dances, because they require (besides the technique), the dancer to embrace the character of the dance and be an actor.

What is the easiest dance to teach?

What do you attribute your success to?
Discipline & family support.

What is your favorite place to be in NYC?
The streets of NY, Stepping Out Studios & Salsa Mondays at TAJ when I need to feel the energy of the city. My apt. when I need quiet time.

What is your favorite shop?
Thrift Shops.

What is your favorite drink?
The Talia-tini.

What is your favorite restaurant?
Depends on what I'm in the mood for.

What is your favorite NYC book?
Breakfast at Tiffany's.

What is your favorite thing to do in NYC that you can do nowhere else?
Have the best dinner, go to see a great play or ballet & party like is 1999. All in one night!

What do you think is most underrated and overrated here?
The diversity & Luxury Condos.

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you?
I love to introduce new people into the dance world ;-) come take one of my dance classes or check out my dance parties. It will be a real NY experience!

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers?

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