Arien Darby 🕺🏽💃 Instructor at The Granada LA ☉🌴😎 Los Angeles 🖱📩 firstname.lastname@example.org DM for collaborations
On the road to 50! I've got another fitness challenge I'm trying to complete for 2018. We hit 9 pull ups the other day 🙌🏾 and I'm also looking to reach 50 consecutive push ups. Adding +1 per week to my off-day recovery routine - let's go! 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾
Join @mikcakez and I at @thegranadala tonight at 830p for some fun bachata footwork and partnerwork you can take straight to the dance floor! Song 🎤: In My Feelings by @robbyruiz_
Excited for the progress my friend Andy has been seeing in @cartelacardgame playtest sessions. There's a magic in the experience of gaming and its ability to bring people together. I can't wait for launch! 🚀🚀🚀
Quote for the week: "A dream without a plan is just a hobby. If you are going to devote your life to something think it through."
“There’s TOO MUCH competition in my scene.” “Every month it seems like a new event or expert is popping up right next door to where I’m at!” “How can I possibly succeed, especially when I’m going up against more established professionals?” Is this you? Talking yourself out of your blessings? Chasing your dreams away? It’s certainly how I felt a few years ago. But once I figured out EXACTLY how to establish my niche in the dance scene, I realized I could attract students that aligned with MY values as an artist and future-proof my success. Listen: you attract what you project. And whether you know it or not, your *personal brand* is already saying something about you. Branding and marketing, done in the right way, can ensure you attract a tribe of followers that align with what you value so that you enjoy the work you do and the people you work with. More importantly, you’ll never have to worry about the “competition” again. If getting to this place is something you’ve struggled with now or in the past, let’s talk. I’ve got a solution for you. I’m looking to take on 5 clients for my Marketing Your Craft online course this September. Let’s find out if we’re a good fit for each other!
With all the Dominican bachata going on these past few weeks, we got inspired to throw a little something of our own together! Come through for bachata Thursdays tonight at 830pm! Join @mikcakez and I at @thegranadala and stay sharp for the social dance floor 🕺🏾💃 Song 🎤: Soñe Con Ella by Antony Santos
Still putting "kaizen" 🙌🏾 into practice on Day 8. I've already smashed my goal for abs this month but pull-ups 💪🏾have always been a mental barrier for me more than anything. What are some of your fitness goals? ✔
Admittedly, I'm not always the best at staying in touch... but I'm thankful that these two are 🤗. Our catch-up brunches are always full of laughs, surprises 😜 and good eats 🍽👌🏾. It serves as a reminder to me to remember that if you're ever curious about where someone is or how they're doing, just reach out. You can never go wrong with that! 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 @instabecs @ninja_claudia
Flashback to 2016. I was scared. I had the opportunity of a lifetime at my fingertips… and no idea if I was capable of running with it. When I first started teaching dance, I had zero students and was relatively unknown in the scene – even in my own hometown. Even though I had apprenticed as an assistant under one of the best in the biz for years, I was plagued by the insecurity of my own value and what I had to offer. How do I get my name out? What can I do to attract students consistently to my class or for privates? In a moment of clarity, however, I realized that everything I’ve done in my day job as a marketing professional for brands over the past 10 years could be applied to my own career in dance to guarantee my success. FFWD 2 years and I have an Instagram account with over 10K followers, instruct a class at a top LA studio that’s regularly attended by students eager to learn, and consistently receive opportunities to teach privates and collaborate on projects with peers. So… I have a proposition for you. If you’re an artist of any kind that STRUGGLES with visibility, self-promotion, and earning consistent clients, shoot me a DM. I wanna help you get out of your own way (because you've helped me—whether you realize it or not!). Shoot me that DM. Community is everything. ✊🏾✊🏾 Let's do this! 🎉🎉
Don't miss our special guest instructors tonight! @alexanddesiree 🔥🔥🔥830p @thegranadala 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
How can I grow today 🤔? It's something I ask myself every morning and try to plan my day around. This month I want to refocus around fitness 💪🏾(and getting right in the kitchen too! 🥑🥕🥦🍽). I'm so close to knocking down a few personal goals so I thought I'd share the journey along the way. 📈
Fun fact ✔: I’ve worked in marketing for the entertainment industry for the past 10+ years on some of the biggest brands around. We’re talking LEGO, Marvel, DC, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and so much more! 😱The most exciting part about it for me is being able to share a passion for things I’ve cherished ever since I was a kid 🚨#nerdalert 🚨 . Building communities and creating cool content that makes other people happy and leaves them with a memory and experience they can share really brings me a sense of fulfillment. Plus the skills I've learned along the way have helped me immensely with my dance 🕺🏾 career. And to top it off, I’ve had the pleasure of being able to attend all kinds of amazing events along the way, from E3 to Comic Con. Feeling blessed 🙏🏾 to have the opportunity to wake up in the morning and work on things I care about alongside some pretty dope people. I’m looking forward to sharing more of my adventures with you all in the future 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾
Our podcast got added to Spotify!! 😱😱😱 Wait… let me backtrack. *deep breath* Ok… so, I have a podcast 🙌🏾 lol. And honestly, it just started off as a fun way to stay in touch with a close friend from college. My buddy Shane is an evolutionary biologist that does a lot of dope work with animals out in the wild 🦁🦎🐜🦋. Meanwhile, as a kid, I grew up with allergies and a healthy diet of comic books and sci-fi 🤓. So the idea is we basically get together and talk about The Biology of Superheroes and other related topics - he brings the science, I bring the sci-fi! What’s cool is that he just recently accepted a position at UCLA and moved out to Cali 🌴☉ so expect a lot more to come from us soon! If you want to check out an episode, head on over to my story *now* or look up “The Biology of Superheroes” on just about any digital audio platform and you should find us 😉
Dance gives us an opportunity to spread our joy ❤ and teach others to find it in their own lives. It's a big reason why I feel the arts are so significant to us culturally. I'm so grateful to be able to learn from some of the best 🙌🏾💪🏽on the planet 🌍 and eternally thankful for the opportunity to teach locally here in LA myself. #newyorkweekender
And we are back! Come through for bachata Thursdays tonight at 830pm! Join @mikcakez and I at @thegranadala and stay sharp for the social dance floor 🕺🏾💃 Song 🎤: El Farsante Bachata Remix
Special guest instructor @faustofelix tonight all the way from NY 🙌🏾! Come through for class - @mikcakez and I will be right there with you!
It's such a pleasure to play a role in your dance journeys - we love watching our students progress and grow in confidence as the weeks go by! 😊 Join @mikcakez and I at 830pm @thegranadala for some summer time bachata fun. Song 🎤: Travesuras by iZaak @djmanuelcitro remix