ModArts Dance Collective (MADC)

ModArts Dance Collective (MADC)

We sit down with Founding Artistic Director, Uplift's own Leah!

ModArts Dance Collective (MADC), a New York City based multicultural professional modern dance company established by Leah & Shaun Tubbs in 2011, is comprised of a community of dancers who strive for technical growth and artistic nourishment. MADC uses movement as a vehicle to connect, inspire, and ignite a spark of hope within multitudes of people from various walks of life. The mission of MADC is to utilize movement as the catalyst to increase diversity and gender equality to audiences and communities nationwide.
(Photo Credit: Kiya Marie) 

https://www.modartsdance.com

US: What inspired you to found your company?
Leah: 
I felt 'community' was lacking for artists of color in the dance field. As MADC grows and thrives as an arts organization, we want to provide a platform for communities of color to present their work and become leaders in their artistic discipline. 

US: What do you feel like was the biggest challenge you've faced as a female artistic director? 
Leah: 
There is a deficit of women artists of color in leadership roles in the dance field and a lack of financial support for small multicultural arts organizations to become self-sustainable.

US: Where do you find your dance company intersects with your life as a fitness professional? 
Leah: I find gratitude and joy in movement (dance and fitness) because I know there are people who may not have the opportunity. Every day I am able to move is a blessing.

US: Best piece of advice you could give to aspiring female artists/entrepreneurs? 
Leah: "Comparison is the thief of joy." -Theodore Roosevelt; it can be hard to not judge or compare yourself to others in the same field due to social media. I was told growing up and still believe that what is for you nobody can take away.

Revere Co.

Uplift Co-Founder, Leanne sits down and talks BUSINESS with Alex Blodgett of Revere Co.

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Is entrepreneurship in your blood/has it always been a part of you? Or is it something you grew into a little later in your professional life?
AB: No, except a small stint setting up lemonade stands along neighborhood garden tours at age 10. I grew into entrepreneurship in my 20's when I found something I cared about enough (social fitness experiences) to make a go of it on my own. 

What made you start Revere? What need are you filling?
AB: There is so much confusion around the role nutrition plays in your workout. I constantly heard Cyc riders asking our instructors, "What should I take before a workout? What should I eat afterwards?" The answer does not lie in a green juice or a chemical-filled sports supplement. Revere packets contain plant-based ingredients derived from clean whole foods. Each Pre-Energy and Post-Workout packet is designed specifically to energize your performance in the gym, and your results afterwards. 
 
Why do you think women make good entrepreneurs? Do you encourage women to start businesses of their own?
AB: Ego typically isn't the main driver for women. The most successful women I've been around have lead by bringing up others collaboratively with them. My best business moves have almost always involved partnerships. And yes, I do encourage women to start businesses! But you need to be willing to give up a lot of your personal life. And by a lot I mean, just about all. With women, especially moms, that's tough. I'm not sure how I will handle finding balance between my company and my future kids, but I'll figure it out! 

What inspires you?
AB: Creative collaborators who come up with really unexpected ways to work together. Also, figure skaters, how do they do that shit?  

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