We had the good fortune of connecting with Ty Lewis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ty, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting my own business as an independent movement artist, choreographer, teacher, and inspiring movement healer, started with my love and passion for dance and performance. This passion has evolved into a personal urge and willingness to create and provide spaces and opportunities for myself, my family, as well as individuals whose life’s are culturally similar to mine. Creating proper spaces and opportunities for people of color to express, create, share, learn, educate and lead is necessary! Not by casting and giving select opportunities, so that an organization meets a diversity quota, but because our talent and passion for the arts, health, and education is valuable and needed for generations to come.
So, what keeps you busy professionally?
What keeps me busy professionally are the same things that keep me busy personally. Much of my creativity and creative process stems from my everyday life, which is in the middle of a transition. I am currently preparing for graduate school in the fall at The University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, which has inspired new and refreshing ideas soon to be explored!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I have honestly grown into a home body. I love a good movie night or a friends potluck, but if I did choose to go out I would recommend something outdoors like a bike ride, going to listen to live music and chowing down on a gourmet veggie pizza at Luigi’s Pizzeria/Axel Rad, or enjoying live music at Avant Garden or The Flat in Montrose.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
MY FAMILY, especially my aunts, RIP Aunt Pokey, played a huge role in my decision on pursing a creative career. From arts and crafts during Christmas to creating dances for special occasions. For as long as I can remember creativity and expression has been a part of my life. I also wish to shout out all of my friends, past directors, instructors, and professors who influenced, guided, and nourished my creative endeavors, as well as my Pilates training. Lastly, I wish to shout out my past and current students and/or clients. You all inspire and push me to put my best foot forward in everything that I do. I am honored and blessed to have taught such amazing groups of people. From my Westside High students to my 713 clients. Thank you all for trusting in what I have to offer within my instruction as well as personal practice.