Bravita Threatt

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EP 129: Bravita Threatt (autogenerated)

Dane Reis: [00:00:00] you booked it. Episode 129. Okay, let’s get started. I am excited to introduce my guest today. Brevetta Threet are you ready for this brief data?

[00:00:15]Bravita Threatt: [00:00:15] I’m ready.

[00:00:16] Dane Reis: [00:00:16] All right, let’s do it. Bravida is the dance captain and swing on? Broadway’s hit musical. Disney’s the lion King former member of Disney’s the lion King Las Vegas. And Disney’s the lion King gazelle tour.

[00:00:30]. Ms. Threatt is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth university in Richmond, Virginia, and Woodside high school for the performing arts in Newport news, Virginia. She has been a company member and teacher. Dallas black dance theater and Lula Washington dance theater. Ms. Threet was also in the CWS Katie King, Fox films, avatar ESPN sports science meet the lion King  biomechanics and QVCs Disney Christmas special.

[00:01:00] She was a former Ms. Black Los Angeles. Miss Suffolk and member of Zeta Phi beta sorority, inc.  that is a quick intro of who you are and what you’ve done, but why don’t you tell us a little bit more about yourself? Fill in the gaps and a little bit more about what you do as a professional in the entertainment industry.

[00:01:22]Bravita Threatt: [00:01:22] Sure. Um, first of all, thank you for that. And I love how you say if my sorority Zeta Phi beta sorority. I love it. You did great. Um, Um, um, so  I’m like just a black girl from Virginia, you know, with a military Brett. And, uh, I started dancing at the age of five and I just been blessed to continue doing the things that I love to do.

[00:01:42] So I never really had to work a day in my life, but I still been stressed, but I loved every second of it type thing. and what else can I say? I had, let’s talk about me being a professional, um, performer. I like to say, um, I used to go to, and it’s got theater on Broadway every single day and work with business, the lion King and work with.

[00:02:04] People and share my gift on stage every night, because I was swinging. And as a swing, many of you may know, um, you don’t perform every night, but you perform when somebody’s not there. So I like to think of me and my swing, sisters and brothers as superheroes, like we’re super full performers. Um, Um, so, uh, that, and, you know, trying to stay ready all the time was a big part of my life.

[00:02:31] So it was going to the gym, going to PT to maintain the body, um, going to yoga. I didn’t take classes as much as I should, but now that, uh, Covitz happening, I can figure it any time. and then also being the dance captain is teaching people the show. It’s also learning how to communicate with people in the show.

[00:02:53] That’s a big thing for me, especially since, you know, from a young age, I started dancing. So I definitely can communicate with my body, but I have, I was not always good communicating verbally, but being the dance captain in a major show, that’s been in this. 22 years old. Um, it’s a tool that I, that I worked on.

[00:03:15] I had growing pains and I’m glad I did because I learned how to communicate with people. And I understand that you have to reach people where they are, and everybody has a different language, even though we all speak English. 

[00:03:28] Dane Reis: [00:03:28] Yeah, absolutely. Thanks for that. And you’re right. It’s so, well, first off, let’s talk about the swing life. I have made a, a lot of my career being a swing, so I’m right there with you. It’s full on, but I love it.

[00:03:41]Bravita Threatt: [00:03:41] I love it. I do love it. Um, especially since it, well, there are some, there are different people. Some people like to go and do the same track every single day. And that’s amazing. But then there are others like us who, you know, maybe we will get bored doing the same thing every day, or maybe we just have the brain that allows us to be able to pick up in a different track and a different role and be okay with it.

[00:04:06] And then it’s also the nerves. Like some people are like, Oh my God. Oh my God, I have to go into another spot. Oh my God. Oh my God. And as a swing, you could be like that in the inside, but you definitely can not. Show it right.

[00:04:22] Oh my goodness. I remember  when I was the first time I was a swing, it was on the tour and I was going in for like my third position. Like, cause when, when you first get to this tour, they will swing people out so that you could get into all your tracks. Right. And I was going on for my third track and I had been on the tour before as a regular  ensemble member.

[00:04:42]And so people already knew me. So I’m going in for this third one that I had never done. I had already done a couple of the tracks because I had been at a different companies just to fill in for people’s leaves or medical leaves or, uh, extended vacations or something like that. But I go in and we’re backing up  in my head.

[00:05:02] Yeah. I was freaking out and people were just talking to me. They were like, Hey, yeah, what did she say? Burrito? And I could not answer them. Like we’re about to go on stage. I don’t really know my number that I’m about to go to. And, you know, cause when people are normally in the show, they can  talk and have a conversation and then get right back to what they’re doing and that, you know, I could not, I couldn’t even respond because I was just so going over the numbers, I’m going to seven, then I’m going to go down to three, go to the grass trick.

[00:05:38] But yeah, I think that’s what it is.

[00:05:40] Dane Reis: [00:05:40] do you ever have this moment, especially when you’re swinging, you got multiple, multiple tracks in your head and you go, you’re waiting in the wings ready to enter and you start thinking about it. And you’re like, I honestly have no idea. What number I’m supposed to go to? It’s not like you just trust your gut.

[00:05:57] You trust your brain. You’re like, I know it’s in there. As soon as I step out on stage, I’m going to go to the right place to do the right choreo. But I could not tell you what I’m about to do in 

[00:06:05] Bravita Threatt: [00:06:05] Yeah. See, I don’t do that. What I’m in a wing cause that will, that will definitely get you just twisted and just totally 

[00:06:12] Dane Reis: [00:06:12] myself out. Cause that would freak me out then I’d screw it up. I’d go. Nope. Just don’t think just go.

[00:06:16] Bravita Threatt: [00:06:16] You can’t when you’re at the wing, it’s too late. Just keep going. Actually, when I’m in the wing, if I don’t just keep going, it’s being dead captain. I’ll just be watching somebody and be like, Oh my God, that is so beautiful.

[00:06:30] Oh my God. I’m supposed to be on stage right now.

[00:06:35] Dane Reis: [00:06:35] You’ve been performing in the theater long enough. You definitely have that moment and just watching the show. This is great. What a great show.

[00:06:43] Bravita Threatt: [00:06:43] Oh, this is so, Oh my God.

[00:06:44] Dane Reis: [00:06:44] I got to go. 

[00:06:45] Bravita Threatt: [00:06:45] Right. And then of course, every time that happens, Oh my God. I hate that. I said, every time it happens, like it happens all the time. Maybe it does happen a lot, but after I get on stage and things like that after the show, I’m like, you know what? I was watching you when I was supposed to be on stage.

[00:07:03] And you were amazing. I have to share, you know,

[00:07:07]Dane Reis: [00:07:07] So good. And let’s move on to the, our first section here and Bravida look, I am a sucker for a good quote. What is your favorite quote? You’d like to share with everyone?

[00:07:21]Bravita Threatt: [00:07:21] my favorite quote that I would like to share is this faith without works is dead. So in this industry, like you have to have faith, like you have to believe. That you can do it when people don’t, you know what I mean? So like that is, and I grew up in the church, so you have to have faith. If you could just have faith, the size of a mustard seed, then you could do it.

[00:07:46] That’s it. So for me, yeah. Also another thing is you don’t always know. What’s your next gig is, or when you’ll get your next gig. So you have to have faith that you’re going to like continue on like a, such a big deal. And, you get so many nos. And you can’t let that take you down, right? So that the faith is big. And then the works is you gotta put in the work to get to you to get, to see your vision come forward. So faith without works is dead.

[00:08:22] It’s like something that I. Live by, you gotta put in the work and you gotta have faith. And if you just have faith and no work, it you’re just dreaming. You know, we want our dreams to become realities. So you definitely have to put in the work and you can put in the work, but not have the faith in the vision.

[00:08:41] And then where are you going with this work?

[00:08:44]Dane Reis: [00:08:44] Exactly right. Yeah, there are two sides of the exact same coin, aren’t they? And I’m so glad that you brought that up about having the faith and the work, because gosh, what is the thing? It’s the secret I’ve spoken with so many people throughout my life that they’re big secret fans. Right. And like, like, I just put it out in the universe.

[00:09:04] I’m like, okay. It’s one, in my opinion, how about that? Let’s start there. I think it’s one thing to manifest it and think about something. But like you said, if you’re not putting in the work, if you don’t know the destination, if you don’t know what you’re gonna work towards, and then you actually take action on that, then you’re just dreaming.

[00:09:21]Bravita Threatt: [00:09:21] right,

[00:09:21]Dane Reis: [00:09:21] There’s something to be said about putting it out there for sure. But you got to move towards it. Yeah. So, so So,

[00:09:30] so 

[00:09:30] Bravita Threatt: [00:09:30] In some it’s weird because sometimes you don’t know. Exactly where you’re going, but you can’t, it’s like, you kind of have an idea. Sometimes you don’t even have an idea. You just got to keep going and then the faith and the vision will come back. But the reason why you’re working is because you have the faith.

[00:09:48] So it, I think, I feel like I sound ridiculous, but you kind of get what I’m saying. You absolutely get what I’m

[00:09:55] Dane Reis: [00:09:55] absolutely. And you’re done this how ridiculous to me. I think it’s brilliant. Yeah.

[00:10:00] Bravita Threatt: [00:10:00] Okay.

[00:10:00] Dane Reis: [00:10:00] Perfect. And let’s move on to this next section here in Bravida. Of course you’re an entertainer. I am an entertainer. And I think that you would agree this industry can be one of the most subjective, brutally, honest, personally, emotional industries in existence.

[00:10:18] And you know, you know, as well as I, that in order to create and have a successful career in this industry, like you’re having now, it takes a lot. Of dedication and hard work. And while, yeah, there’s no rage, this amount of fun and excitement doing what we do. There are also our fair share of obstacles, challenges, and failures.

[00:10:38] We are going to experience and we’re going to have to move forward through. So tell us, what is one key challenge, obstacle or failure you’ve experienced in your career and how did you come out the other side better because of it.

[00:10:51]Bravita Threatt: [00:10:51] Absolutely. Absolutely. To everything you said that was yes. Yes. And yes. Um, mine happened fairly early. I tore my ACL and meniscus when I was 14 years old. And of course I was dancing, you know, uh, I did competition dance and things like that before dance moms was a thing.

[00:11:15] It was like that, but it wasn’t as bad as it is now. 

[00:11:18] 

[00:11:18] Um, so I did that and, uh, I think for like a year I couldn’t date. So when something is taken away from you is when you kind of realize how important it is to you. Right. Right. So I  cried every time. Like any song I ever danced to anytime I like roll by the day of studio and the dancers, it was like a right by my house.

[00:11:40]Um, and so I started singing more in school and I was like, you know what? Oh, I got better. Of course I got better. And, um, I didn’t, I still didn’t really understand how important dance was to me. So, so just started singing and I started doing other things. And then as I got better, um, I went back to dancing, but I was like, okay, I did this.

[00:12:00] I went ahead and upon graduation, I decided that I’m just going to go to Hampton university, the, and get a. Bachelor’s and masters, they have this bachelor’s master’s program where you can get an MBA and your bachelor’s in business and five years. So I feel like this is great. I could go work in my fortune 500 company sooner, and I go here and I’ll dance with the dance troupe.

[00:12:27] It was like a dance troupe that they have. Um, you know,  , uh, most times where the paper is writing you up, they like say the lion King dance troupe. No, this was really a dance troupe. So I go to Hampton university, I get on the cheerleading squad and I go to see this true dance.

[00:12:43] They were great, but I wouldn’t be able to rest of myself there. And I didn’t feel that it’s where I needed to be. As soon as I saw that this company wouldn’t suit me. Uh, we call Virginia Commonwealth university dancing choreography park department. And I was like in school in two months at VCU. So that was the thing for me.

[00:13:07] Like turn, my ACL and meniscus made me realize that dance. Was important to me. And then the, you know, I didn’t really, really get how important and that it was part of my life’s work and destiny to be a performer and share until I decided, Oh, I’m going to go to college and not include dance in my life.

[00:13:28]And so. I was able to switch and go to VCU and major in dance choreography. And, uh, as I continued to dance, the upside of it is at 26. I was diagnosed with arthritis in that same knee, but since, yeah, crazy. Um, since I, you know, had that injury so early and PT and all of the exercises and help that I had been working on.

[00:13:54] I knew how to take care of my body from this injury. Yeah. So a lot of dancers, especially, and sync performance period, when they get it, it hurt. They do not know how to take care of their buddies, but since it’s something that I have been like working on and working at since I was 14, I knew how to take care of my body from this injury.

[00:14:16] So now at 35, I’m still maintaining, still working on it. And also when people get hurt, And the lion King. Um, if there’s a still stage, it’s repetitive, it’s heavy costumes. I’m not the PT, but I definitely can help them. Hey, when you get home, don’t forget to soak or don’t forget the ice and elevate tonight with a glass of wine, you know,

[00:14:41] you know, 

[00:14:41] so yeah, I guess that was kind of long, but the thing is I tore their ACL really, really, but.

[00:14:47]I did ha I do have, um, arthritis, but in the long run, I’m 35, still dancing and singing and able to take care of my body.

[00:14:58]Dane Reis: [00:14:58] Oh, taking care of your body. That is, there’s so much to be said about that. And anyone who’s listening to this that is in your teens. Or you’re in your early twenties, please listen to that and take care of your body because it won’t bounce back so quickly. Eventually

[00:15:16]it’s 

[00:15:16] guaranteed to not bounce back it’s and take care of your body.

[00:15:20] Take the time to warm up. It’s a little bit of time and that little bit makes a massive difference for the longevity of your career. It’s so, so, so, so, so important.

[00:15:29] Bravita Threatt: [00:15:29] So important. So important. And speaking of warming up, I didn’t warm up until I was 26 years old. And it was like, I turned 26 and something quick. Then it was like, Oh my God, I just can’t go to the ballet bar. Like I had to start warming up. And as I got older, like now it’s just a part of life. I want to warm up because my body just needs it.

[00:15:56] And I just feel so much better. I want to stretch after I perform, you know, I want to roll out and. Those things also helped me the next day. Do you have that issue when you get out of bed? Like if you don’t stretch a rollout, then I, before when you get out of bed, it may be harder to get out of bed.

[00:16:13]Dane Reis: [00:16:13] Yeah. Well, you know, what Well, you know, what I’m dealing with now is that I started jump roping for some 

[00:16:18] Bravita Threatt: [00:16:18] Oh, 

[00:16:19]Dane Reis: [00:16:19] my cabs, I T they are so sore. It’s a chore just to walk anywhere, but you know what I said, I’ll keep it up. Keep stretching them out. 

[00:16:29] My body will adjust, but that’s what I’m dealing with right now.

[00:16:34] Bravita Threatt: [00:16:34] Oh yeah. Oh yeah. Oh yeah. I, yeah, I can imagine because as I was telling you before, I’m in Washington Tacoma and the heels here, like you walk up a Hill and my cats,

[00:16:46]  

[00:16:46] my calves are like, Oh, we don’t do this.

[00:16:51] We are now, so let’s do it and stretch it out.

[00:16:56]Dane Reis: [00:16:56] Well, Well, let’s take a moment to talk about a time that I like to call your spotlight moment. That one moment in time you realized, yes, I am going to be an entertainer for living, or maybe it was, yes, this is what I need to be doing as an entertainer. Tell us about that.

[00:17:18]Bravita Threatt: [00:17:18] Now that is the moment when I got the call from Disney’s the lion King. I was at Dallas black dance theater. I had just finished taking ballet class, and, um, I got the call and I was like, I don’t know that, they left me a voicemail, so it’s more like, Oh my God, they like call me.

[00:17:38] I’m good enough to be in the line. And I like ran through the building and I, I told everybody they wanted to listen or not. I told ms. Williams, the director and founder of Dallas black dance theater. And she like sat me down. Right. Cause I had to finish out the season. She sat me down and she was like, okay.

[00:18:01] Yeah. Yeah. Now from FIDA, I don’t want you to finish out the season and don’t show out. Stage Bravida no mushy. I bet, you know, she didn’t want me to show up. She wanted me to, you know, do what everybody else is doing and do what I was supposed to be doing. And I’d tell her that I would, but you know, but you know, when you’re excited, I, it, and I already practiced at performance level.

[00:18:29] So then when you get on the stage, it’s, it’s heightened because I’m practicing. Yeah. I’m performing. So then when I am performing. I’m just living my life. So I had a great show and um, when I got to the last banking to, to rehearse, it was like, these people want to dress me. These people want to wash my underclothes. Wow. Like they, they have shoes from me. I don’t have to do a quick change. By myself, it was, I was just like, wow, I have worked so hard. And I thought that you just keep working harder and harder and harder. And you do once you go to Broadway, you do continue to work harder. But not in that way, way, like somebody washing your clothes, somebody helping you get dressed, you don’t have to buy your makeup.

[00:19:19] I was just like, wow, you guys are so nice. And they, when I went to the tour and they were doing the same thing,

[00:19:32] and I remember one of the, uh, one of my cast members, I was, I had my karmic, KA KA carb, max chapstick. I can, I don’t know. Cause I don’t even use it anymore. And. CarMax. Thank you. I had that and he was like, Oh girl, why don’t you get it? It was called chicken poop, this great chapstick called chicken poop.

[00:19:53] Why don’t you go get some chicken poop from hair and makeup? And I was like, I can take that home. Everybody was like laughing at me, like girl you’re with the lion King now. Yeah. So those were my aha moments. Like getting the call. And just being like, to the real, like you don’t realize you just, you’re just always working, right.

[00:20:20]Just working, working, working, and you don’t realize that you can, you can elevate to another level. So that was no, I guess those were my moments.

[00:20:30] Dane Reis: [00:20:30] Yeah, I love it. And I want to piggyback on that real quick and talk about your number one book. That moment walk us through that day and the audition, the callbacks, if they happen to be a part of it and what was going on in your life. And what about that moment makes it your favorite? Booked it moment.

[00:20:49]Bravita Threatt: [00:20:49] Absolutely. My favorite moment booked a moment was actually, uh, the second, the first time audition for the lion King audition twice for the lion King. And the first time I was there. In LA and, um, it was, uh, it was quite a few girls for the lion King audition and it was about three dance cuts. And then we sang  before the third dance cut Mark, Brandon had us line up by height and he took our resumes and he would look at the resume and look at the girl and say the name and say the height.

[00:21:26] Next to the name for the girl. So let’s say the girl next to me was Lisa. Okay. So he would look at Lisa and be like Lisa by five and she’ll say yes. Yeah. And then he came to me next and said bravado. I was like, yes.  he’s a five, five. No, you’re not five, five. He said, so on my resume, of course I have five, five.

[00:21:47]And he said, so how tall are you? I was like, I’m five, three. And, um, the dance supervisor Selise says, Oh, she lied, she lied, she lied.

[00:22:04] She lied. I just, I just wanted a job. Before he moved on to the next girl, he said, He made an announcement to everybody. He’s like, you know what, maybe you shouldn’t lie on your resume because in the lion King, it benefits you if you’re shorter. Right. And then he moves on to the next girl and nobody else had lied about their height.

[00:22:25] Like I thought it was a thing, you know, I thought everybody’s lying about their height. He moved on. Okay. And then like I kept and then, um, A couple of moments later, you know, we kind of like dry off and then we go in to sing one at a time. Now the MDs in there, and I think one other person. So is that the music director.

[00:22:45]I don’t know who that other person was, the casting director, Dan supervisor. So those other two people did not know anything about me before I come in there. When I walk in the door, the dance soup supervisor Selise goes, Oh, she lied. Come on in here. Liar. How you doing liar?

[00:23:12] And so on top of that, I go in there and, um, I have no sheet music. What are you doing? Oh gosh. Oh bro. Thank you, Lord for growth. And so, um, says to me, Okay, so next time you come back in here, don’t lie. It has some sheets.

[00:23:31] So that is definitely, uh, just a story to remember. And then the next time I came back, I did not lie on my resume and I did not have sheet music. And so, uh, so Lee says to me in front of the same people again, Listen, liar did not tell you to bring sheet music.

[00:23:53]So, um, it, it worked out in my favor. I sang amazing grace like a game. Cause I said I was raised in the church. I know where that sits in my voice. I knew not to sing happy birthday, that doesn’t work for me. Um, I did happy birthday in the audition before and I asked the pianist to stop. I was like, thank you.

[00:24:11] I got it. Because it just, it wasn’t sounding good to my untrained ear. So I just asked him to stop and I continued to sing. So from that experience, I knew, I wasn’t thinking happy birthday for a job that I wanted, you know, so yeah, absolutely. That is so fun. It’s like so funny to go back over to my head right now, because all those people are just.

[00:24:34] Beautiful people that were behind the table that day and have kind of just watched me grow. And I love to see them when they come see the show. 

[00:24:44]Dane Reis: [00:24:44] Oh, that’s so good. And then  after that second audition, that’s when you got the call, but you talked about earlier.

[00:24:50] Oh, amazing. Love it. Such good stories. Yeah. It’s always best to say, uh, your actual height for everyone out there. It makes a difference. Even like the half inches, they make a difference depending on the costume that you might have to be going into.

[00:25:04]Bravita Threatt: [00:25:04] Yeah, yeah. Unit yet.  

[00:25:05] Dane Reis: [00:25:05] Absolutely that little half side might be exactly what gets you cast.

[00:25:09] Bravita Threatt: [00:25:09] It really that’s what I definitely learned with that audition. The young lady that took the place of like, we were basically the exact same size. They did not have to do much to the costumes. Um, like that’s sometimes that’s what they’re waiting on. They’re waiting for somebody that can just fit the costume.

[00:25:27] Dane Reis: [00:25:27] Yeah, absolutely. And let’s take a moment to talk about the present. What projects are you working on now? What are you looking forward to? And it’s a weird time, right? We’re amidst this global pandemic. How do you see the entertainment industry moving forward in the next couple of years?

[00:25:45]Bravita Threatt: [00:25:45] Yeah, this is definitely a time, but, um, I see that a lot of. My friends and coworkers are taking advantage of it. And I think that is wonderful. And just talking to you, I think that you’re taking advantage and I love that like turn lemons into lemonade. And so for me, uh, I had planned to take a leave from Disney’s the lion King and started dance studio right in Richmond.

[00:26:11]Um, where I’m from, you know, I did, um, Oh, went to VCU, Virginia Commonwealth university right there in Richmond. I danced at Busch gardens. I did everything in Virginia that I could do, and I still feel like I wasn’t prepared for Broadway. So I wanted to come back and share all of my knowledge with. Young artists.

[00:26:32]So, um, I was not able to start a physical dance studio because of COVID and how things worked out. But, um, I kind of figured, okay, I still want studio Bravo to thrive. I guess I’ve known that I’m supposed to, um, help the next generation of artists grow. And I’ve always known that. I always knew that it was going to be called studio Bravo and it was going to be a dance and fitness studio fitness for the parents while they’re watching their students, um, take class, you know, at least do cardio because a lot of the times I feel like dance moms don’t really take care of themselves.

[00:27:10] They’re too busy, worried about the cost of them, the rhinestones and who is who’s in the front and who’s doing this and who’s doing that when mom let’s like, get you healthy, like . Let’s do a little cardio. Let’s just focus on. Yeah, you are. You can, You can, you can still see your children. Cause the, the plans were to happen.

[00:27:27] Viewing room. That was a cardio room. You can watch your children in class while you take cardio. I definitely didn’t want any like couches or anything in there because I don’t want moms sitting around gossiping

[00:27:41]Dane Reis: [00:27:41] Yeah, that’s so 

[00:27:42] Bravita Threatt: [00:27:42] work. It happened a lot where I, where I danced. And I think that it also starts to affect the artist, you know?

[00:27:50]Cause my mom was going to say this, so I have to do this instead of just dancing your face off, you know? So, and thank you. Um, so what I decided was I needed to do this virtually and my friends who are professional artists. Aren’t getting paid. So if I can start up studio Bravo and day, be the teachers.

[00:28:13] That’s not only a way to get my friends paid, but it’s also a way to get studio Bravo’s name out there. So I have started a virtual dance studio with, um, a Broadway gallery and virtual weekly classes. And the Broadway gallery consists of, um, 45 minute to 60 minute classes, um, taught by all professionals on Broadway or, uh, professional content.

[00:28:38] So companies such as like Phillip Filipanco, uh, Dallas black, and then other Broadway shows like mean girls. And this is bout fire, the color purple. Oh, also a teacher, a teaching artist, excuse me, is from. You still work in a Chicago dance company, which I can think of right now.

[00:29:00] No, it’s a jazz company. Of course. I can’t think about it when I need to think about it. Hubbard street.

[00:29:08] Thank you. There it is. So I just called each of my friends and told them, you know, My vision. Hey, can you, uh, teach a 45 minutes to 60 minute class and recorded and send it to me and then I can send you some money for it.

[00:29:25] And I put it in a studio, Bravo studio, Berlin gallery. Okay. And can you do that about twice a month? You know, and so everybody was like, Even some people couldn’t do it. And I, you know, things are weird. Totally get it. But everybody supported it. And like one of my friends, um, she was like, girl, I haven’t done anything with my body.

[00:29:45] I’ve made it even show where I can take a 45 minute class. So I’m like, listen, girl, I totally get it. So, um, that it’s turned out. Great.  And studio in the Broadway gallery, which I say is part of the studio Broadway virtual program.  all the genres are in there. And that consists of.

[00:30:07] Ballet tap jazz, modern hip hop stretch, and the acting cool for acting tips. So it’s just, you can dance anytime, anywhere. I love the idea. And then for the virtual classes,  um, there are basically the same just adding Caribbean fusion. And that’s about it. So it’s all those classes weekly for the virtual classes.

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[00:30:38] that’s what I’m working on. Yeah. I’m excited, super excited about it. Um, and as far as the industry and where we’re going, I don’t, I am saddened, I watched Hamilton on Disney plus a couple of weeks ago. And of course I was excited to see it, but a part of me, as I was watching, it was like, is this what Broadway is going to be?

[00:31:04]Is it going to be that the performers are performing and the audience is, is live streaming from home nightly. Is that what it’s going to be? Because that’s what it’s going to be. You’re missing so many other points of the show, because you could only see what the camera is allowing you to see. So that, like the thought of that is so sad and disheartening because the art is just being lost.

[00:31:33] Dane Reis: [00:31:33] I 

[00:31:34] you know, I had a guest on the other day and his thought was, you know, you know, they’re doing obviously the Hamilton thing, but he envisioned, Hey, What if it becomes, yeah, there’ll be live streaming tickets available to kind of make it mass market, but they would have to install lots of really crazy cameras all over the place to make it happen nightly, but it would be a cost that anyone could get to it.

[00:31:55] It could be accessible, but still have the live audiences. This is assuming we go back to having full theaters and things like this. I was like, you know what? That’s kind of cool it more accessible, but it would also be a way for the, for the. Chose to increase the revenue as well, which could help everybody out.

[00:32:11]Bravita Threatt: [00:32:11] Yeah. Yeah. I did think about that and, and which that could very well happen because I feel like COVID has allowed people to advance quicker than what they were because they had to. So that, that would be like really great, but this is, have you ever watched black mirror on Netflix?

[00:32:33] Dane Reis: [00:32:33] I have, well, not all of them. I’ve watched a handful of them and they’re crazy.

[00:32:37] Bravita Threatt: [00:32:37] Yeah. They’re like crazy. And so I’ve only watched like maybe four, but one of them that I watched was like, just showing you how like technology could kind of take over, take over humanity, almost in technology. He does the focal point and I feel like that’s kind of where we’re headed. If we do that. You know,  instead of being around people, you just watch it on TV.

[00:32:59]Dane Reis: [00:32:59] Yeah. Yeah. It’s a crazy time, I guess. 

[00:33:01] Bravita Threatt: [00:33:01] That’s crazy. Yeah. Yeah. And you know, it’s going to be, it’s definitely going to be better than what we’re thinking, because everything was always worked for our greater good that’s one thing I’ll always remember doing everything always works for greater good.

[00:33:14]Dane Reis: [00:33:14] For sure. And it is time to move on to one of my favorite sections in the interview. I call it the grease lightning round. Hi, I’m going to ask you a handful of questions. I want you to answer them as quickly and concisely as possible one after another. Are you ready?

[00:33:33] All right. First question. What was the one thing holding you back from committing to a career as an entertainer?

[00:33:39]Bravita Threatt: [00:33:39] There was no one thing holding me back. 

[00:33:42]Dane Reis: [00:33:42] Second question. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

[00:33:47]Bravita Threatt: [00:33:47] To know who you are, what you want and who you serve.

[00:33:51]Dane Reis: [00:33:51] Hmm. Be so clear on those things. Third question. What is something that is working for you right now? Or if you’d like to go pre COVID, what was working for you before our industry went on? Pause.

[00:34:04]Bravita Threatt: [00:34:04] Oh, got it. Being okay with being uncomfortable was working for me.

[00:34:09]Dane Reis: [00:34:09] Hmm, very good. And that’s a practice thing as well. You got to practice it and you get better at it.

[00:34:14]Bravita Threatt: [00:34:14] absolutely.

[00:34:16]Dane Reis: [00:34:16] Yes. And the fourth question, what is your best resource? Whether that’s a book, a movie, a YouTube video, maybe a podcast or piece of technology that you found is helping your career right now.

[00:34:27]Bravita Threatt: [00:34:27] I was so ready to be fast. And now I’m really thinking about these questions and I’m not fair.

[00:34:36] A great resource for me is just to know that. Honestly a great resource is Google. Google knows everything. And just to know that I don’t know it, everything, but have access to everything at the same time.

[00:34:50] Dane Reis: [00:34:50] It’s a beautiful thing. And the fifth question, if you had to start your career from scratch, but you still had all the knowledge and experience you’ve collected from your career in this industry, what would you do or not do? Would you do anything differently or would you keep it the same?

[00:35:08]Bravita Threatt: [00:35:08] I would definitely do things differently. I would have less fear, less fear and more confidence in every way.

[00:35:16]Dane Reis: [00:35:16] Hmm. And the last question, what is the golden nugget knowledge drop you’ve learned from your successful career in this industry? You’d like to leave with our listeners.

[00:35:25]Bravita Threatt: [00:35:25] I’d definitely like to leave that you have to be yourself and know yourself because everybody behind the table wants you to win. But if you’re not showing them who you’re, who you are, or if you don’t know who you are, they don’t know who you are. So just know yourself and be yourself.

[00:35:46] Dane Reis: [00:35:46] Yes. If you don’t know who you are, then they don’t know who you are. That was really well said. And to wrap up this interview, Bravida it is time to give yourself a plug. Where can we find you? How do our listeners connect with you? Is there anything you want to promote?

[00:36:05]Bravita Threatt: [00:36:05] Yes you guys. And my Facebook has just provided Threet and my Instagram is the studio Bravo. Um, so for  everybody who’s listening, I have made a welcome promo for you. So if you like to sign up for the gallery, then you can use Bravo that’s capital B. R a V O 25 and receive $25 off your first month of the Broadway gallery. So there are Broadway specials teaching classes, and you’re able to access it any time.

[00:36:42] That means you don’t have to wear a mask. You can stay in the comfort of your own home and you can learn combos and then just send them to me at excellence. At the studio, bravo.com. And we can’t wait to see how fierce you are.

[00:36:56]Dane Reis: [00:36:56] Beautiful.  and for everyone listening. Out there. I have put the links to everything Bravida just said in the description of this episode, , you can also go to you booked@podcast.com forward slash Bravo, and that’ll take you straight to her registration page so you can get started in the gallery straightaway.

[00:37:16]Probita it has been such a pleasure to have you on today. I’m so glad we got connected. 

[00:37:23]Bravita Threatt: [00:37:23] Thank you for having me. This is just a Testament to how small the world is and how we’re all connected.

[00:37:31]Dane Reis: [00:37:31] Absolutely.