Artist Spotlight: Chloe Burton
Although valley native Chloe Burton makes her living at local tea company Two Leaves and a Bud, most locals will recognize her from her myriad appearances in local dance performances— including a prominent role in a massive skirt in this year’s Green is the New Black. This summer marks her first significant break from rehearsals in some time, and she took the opportunity to sit down with the Post Independent.
PI: How did you find dance?
CB: My mom was a dancer, so she tried to get me into classes. At first it was mostly creative movement, which most kids love, but I didn’t really like it.
It changed when I took ballet, because that’s so structured down to every little detail. That wasn’t until a little bit before college.
PI: Did you plan to study dance at school?
CB: I was undeclared for a year at Mesa. I had a friend who was a music theater major, and I had no idea what I was going to do. I was planning to take all the gen eds, but I went to some of her classes the first day. I was not very good at acting, but I loved ballet.
PI: Besides the structure, what appealed about it?
CB: I think the challenge. It’s not really natural. You’re not supposed to stand on the tips of your toes. The whole idea of ballet is sort of to defy gravity. It’s really hard, and I think I’m drawn to that. It’s the same reason I’ve recently started doing kickboxing.
PI: When did you begin to branch out into other dance forms?
CB: Also in college. I took a lot of modern, jazz and tap classes. I tried hip-hop, but I don’t have the hips for it or something.
PI: How did you get involved in dance here in the valley?
CB: A dancer dropped out of “Crazy for You,” and I had just done that show in school. After that, I was definitely homesick for dance, so I went to a class through Dance Initiative, and it kind of grew from there.
PI: Any other creative outlets?
CB: I write a lot. I’m working on a science fiction novel about human trafficking. I’d love to be a writer and dance on the side.
PI: What’s next?
CB: I’d like to do choreography. I think I enjoy that even more than performing.
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