Ksenia Parkhatskaya





EP 155: Ksenia Parkhatskaya (autogenerated)

Dane Reis: [00:00:00] you booked it. Episode 155.

[00:00:05] Okay. Let’s get started. I am excited to introduce my guest today.  are you ready for this Cassandra?

[00:00:14]Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:00:14] I’m totally ready for it.

[00:00:16] Dane Reis: [00:00:16] Beautiful. Gastonia is a dancer, choreographer, singer, and actress. She came to fame through her signature twenties, Charleston choreography on. So you think you can dance and soon Rose to be one of the most viewed dancers on the internet with over 200 million views trained in competitive ballroom dance and musical theater, her current specialization in solo dance styles .

[00:00:39] To various genres of jazz music. She regularly performs with live ensembles and orchestras to name a few, the Christian McBride trio, postmodern jukebox, Barcelona, jazz orchestra, Keystone sex, Tet, and many more. She has also performed original choreographies  with the Paris opera orchestra at OU mordant and Kumo chamber music.

[00:01:03] Cassandra is also the owner and founder of the largest online school dedicated to solo, jazz dance styles, secrets of solo with over 3000 students taking her progressive dance courses, although globally known as one of the worlds. Best solo, jazz dancers. She is a lesser known for her song writing in vocals yet her voice, heart, and soul fly justice freely as her movement in 2018, she began the process of creating her debut album colors.

[00:01:31] Co-written with her husband, Irish composer and basis. David Duffy 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.

[00:01:51] Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:01:51] Okay. Hi Dane. Well, you know, Well, you know, there was a lot of coverage, lot things covered in this bio, and this is exactly what I do I’m doing in fact knows of things, but for me, they’re sort of, uh, you know, one ocean, one universe. So I dance and I choreography and I sing and I wrote songs and, uh, I make movies and dance, video clips.

[00:02:10] And as well, I play in the, in the films myself as an actress. And so all of it’s kind of, sort of inter vines and, you know, supports and helps and flourishes. Another thing, you know? Um, and currently this year specifically, cause you know, 2020 happened to be just like 1920s, shocking. I mean I’m serious. It just burst in December.

[00:02:28] I was all over bouncing off the walls saying to people where back into twenties, you know, Charleston, twenties, let’s all go back to the jazz era and here we are, you know, not jazzing it all. It’s complete blues all over, but anyway, anyways, um, Of course internet is our savior. So there’s a lot of things happening through the waves of, you know, intranet, uh, electronic waves, other dimensions, a lot of teaching, um, releasing music and video clips through social media and through different platforms in the internet, sort of thanks to the internet for being there to, you know, keep the word going because obviously all of the performances and teaching classes, even taking classes is just all taking, taken away.

[00:03:10] From many of us and here in Catalonia, we’re back to log down. So back to the screens and back to our imagination.

[00:03:18] Dane Reis: [00:03:18] ah, crazy. Yeah, it has been one heck of a year for everybody. Hey, and this industry in particular.

[00:03:26]Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:03:26] Yeah, absolutely.

[00:03:27] Dane Reis: [00:03:27] Yeah. Well, Well, let’s dig into this first section here and Kasane yeah, look, I am a sucker for a good quote. What is your favorite quote? You’d like to share with everyone

[00:03:38]Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:03:38] Do you know, there is, uh, I’m super big fan of jazz as, as everybody already probably understood of my view and so varies, uh, this fantastic jazz musician, his name is Clark Terry and, uh, uh, trumpet IST. And this Katz Scott, seniors as well. And yeah. He has been saying this phrase it’s kind of is even the name of the movie about him.

[00:03:57] And this is what it is. Keep on, keeping on and you know, you know, absolutely love this quote because it’s, it’s light, it’s easy and it gives you some sort of energy and flow for just, just continue being, continue to breathe and continue walk and continue dancing. Continue seeing, continue creating. Just keep on, keeping on, you know,  this, this quote is so bright and light and full of hope and it’s as well at the same time, it’s not heavy.

[00:04:21] It’s very, very easy and light to, you know, to take and to even apply to your day-to-day things. Um, and other one, I’ll give you three. I think because

[00:04:29] Dane Reis: [00:04:29] Great. Love

[00:04:30] Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:04:30] have my three classics and another one is actually a Russian proverb and it goes like this  or in English, appetite comes when eating. And I love this phrase as well, because it’s very much vacational quotes for me.

[00:04:44]So, so we, we get inspiration at an energy if we’re doing something in the process of doing that. So it’s at times to start doing something, it’s just the hardest thing on planet earth. And it seems like, you know, you need some outer forces to, to, to help you start the thing, you know, you know, beats training, running, I don’t know, doing something.

[00:05:00] Whatever it is even cooking at times, you know, and, you know, you just make this first step and you say to yourself, appetite comes with eating, you know, and, and it’s always easy like that, you know? And the third one. Yeah. And the third one would be actually the, the quote that comes from a book, the artist’s way written by Julia Cameron.

[00:05:18]Uh, do you know that book?

[00:05:19] Dane Reis: [00:05:19] I do. Indeed.

[00:05:20]Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:05:20] Yeah, it’s a beautiful book. Isn’t it? I’m sure it’s very, it’s helped a lot of and inspired a lot of people in the arts. This words. My name is the phrase is take care of the quantity and the university will take care of the quality. and again, it’s a very inspiring quote that just drops the weight of the, of the, of the days from my shoulders and makes me feel at ease.

[00:05:43]Uh, it’s very similar to keep on keeping on, because what it says is. Continue creating, keep the flow going and you know, the universe, whatever to be energetically or, you know, whatever it is, the universe will take care of the quality. And now it’s not that I don’t believe that everything you do should not be of quality, because I do believe that everything should be done to your absolute best, you know, the best ability you can today, you know?

[00:06:07] Um, particularly, you know, sorry for quality continuously and focusing only in the quality can be really restricting because you can just be locked into this perfectionist mode. And in the end it will, it is potentially it can stop you from doing absolutely, you know, so, you know, quality comes and quality.

[00:06:23] It reveals itself in the process of flow of creating and doing.

[00:06:27]Dane Reis: [00:06:27] For sure. You’re right. Easily get caught up in trying to make things perfect or that getting ready to get ready. Right. Uh, And we, you just got to do it right. And I really enjoy thank you for all those three coats, by the way, they all really play into each other and build off of one another. I think it’s such a great trio quotes too, to stick on your fridge or  live your life by so good.

[00:06:48] Thank you.

[00:06:50] Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:06:50] You’re welcome.

[00:06:51]Dane Reis: [00:06:51] Great. And let’s get into this next section here and casino, of course you are an entertainer. I am an entertainer. And I think that you’d agree that this industry can be one of the most subjective, brutally, honest, personally, emotional industries in existence. And you know, you know, as well as I, that in order to create and have a successful career in this industry, like your having now, it takes a lot.

[00:07:18] Of dedication and hard work. And while yeah, there’s an outrageous amount of fun and excitement doing what we do. There are also our fair share of obstacles, challenges, and failures. 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?

[00:07:40] The other side better.

[00:07:42]Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:07:42] It’s a very interesting question, Dane, yet. I totally agree with you, even though we love what we do so much and we flow with it and it’s, at times it’s just almost like a paradise, but you know, only we know the, the underground rivers of it’s that at times to relate it is, it is very hard, but, you know, somehow I really have a very positive outlook on things.

[00:08:02] And I had to actually sit and think on this question because, Yeah, I didn’t, I didn’t find an obstacle or challenge I call. Yeah. That is something I definitely can talk about. I had to, I had to really dig into my history because in the end I looked very positively on things and where I am today. Even if I look back everything that happens, even something maybe at time was really obstacle and challenging, maybe something very negative.

[00:08:22] I still feel like I recycled it to something good. myself for today, but anyways, I thought about it and this is what I came up with. Um, and it, and it’s related to becoming public, becoming a public figure and becoming popular and having, uh, more and more and more and more followers. People who actually look at what you do and then speak out about it, which is so easy in the internet.

[00:08:46] Obviously the feedback right now is just, um, No, a very important thing. So I realized that people can have very different opinions at times, very unexpected opinions, and that opinions can be very dramatically polarized and people will express them. And all of a sudden you can be seriously judged by people, you know?

[00:09:02]So when you are doing whatever you’re doing, it’s a quite a small scale, right? You know, maybe not so many people bother only the people who like what you do. So they kind of express what’s, you know, that they like it, but others just don’t pay attention at the moment. You’ve grown bigger and you’re more on the public eye, you know, that hits you hard, um, and more popular, become more eyes on you.

[00:09:22] More judgment people start to create a certain image of you independently of actually who you are, because you know, they are on the other side of the internet and they are the side of this book. But like this energetic shield, you know, and I realized that that was the time for me to sort of make a decision of how I’m going to be reacting to this and how I’m going to be behaving and how I’m going to be with me with this, you know, because, uh, As I’m saying, as I’m telling to you, um, have a positive look on life.

[00:09:48] And usually I, I never really struggled or I don’t feel like I struggled to through things, you know? So when it, for the first time he taught me quite it’s public opinion thing and the comments and the, you know, people’s judgements. Wow. I was really, it wasn’t expected. I was almost questioning. Well, why don’t they like me?

[00:10:04] You know, You know, how, how is that possible? You know, what did I do? How did I upset them? And one point is that you have to be for me, that I realized that you have to be really true to yourself and true to your essence and your intention. And this takes a moment of looking inside and digging,suppose,but so having this sort of trunk of a bow boat tree, instead of your spine inside, that will always route you over.

[00:10:26] You can always come back to it and, and stay sane, you know, because the winds will blow at times really hard. And at times it can be stormy, but if you’re true to yourself and you have this vital trunk inside of you and you know, where you stand, you will be mentally and physically safe. And. In this situation.

[00:10:44] And another point that I was thinking is that it’s probably very healthy to separate yourself, you as a human being, you know, maybe without a name and a sermon and nationality and sex. And then there is a project of your  is a project. Uh, and, and there is me as, as it is just pure human without any occupation profession or other labels, cultural labels.

[00:11:06] And then there is a project of me. And so you sort of sort of trick yourself in that way or more like organize the way of thinking. And it could be difficult times and situations with my project senior, perhaps the project of a dancer of a musician, um, and we can solve it, you know, But me as a human being will not get destroyed because of somebody people’s opinion of, of, of, uh, of their creative image of me boring factors we know of themselves basically.

[00:11:31]So people can be crucial and needed today, especially in the anarchic environment of internet. It’s really easy to be seductive and joined this massive oblivion of opinions and things and important and important opinions as well, but very angry, pretty opinions. And so to stay safe. It’s yeah. It’s it’s.

[00:11:46] This road routine, I suppose.

[00:11:47]Dane Reis: [00:11:47] yes. I love your imagery of the tree trunk in rooting yourself. So you can weather all the storms of what this career and what life throws at you, but also really love. How you talked about yourself and then the project of what you are, and then, you know, the externalized thing that everyone sees. Right. Right.

[00:12:11]And you’re, that is so cool. I really like that. I’m in the middle of rereading or re-listening to, I should say the power of now. And have you read that book?

[00:12:21]Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:12:21] Yeah, I could tell it’s absolutely an amazing book really opened my mind for a lot of things.

[00:12:27] Dane Reis: [00:12:27] for sure. In that I’m finding. What you said in that imagery of separating yourself in the project, kind of has that same idea with the being, and I’m not, I don’t know. In, in my mind they are, they’re interacting together.

[00:12:40]Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:12:40] Yeah, yeah, yeah. Very much so. Very much so. I mean, I could tell his book, the power now was really a revelation and as, as easy as it reads, as difficult as it is to apply in real life, you know, this whole idea of the consuming you, uh, animal of ego, uh, that is core problem of many, many, many, many in many situations, you know, and.

[00:12:58] How it is important to dis dissociate yourself with, with your thinking with your mind and with th with this absolutely consuming monster of a needy Eagle,

[00:13:08] Dane Reis: [00:13:08] yeah, for sure. Really great imagery and. I think that’s incredible insight. I think everyone could really benefit from rewinding quick. And relistening to that section that Cassandra just said, and thank you for that because it’s when guests, like you come onto the show and share something like that. I realized, wow, this is what.

[00:13:30]Is making this podcast so important for people that are in our industry, people that are aspiring to be entertainers or work somewhere in the arts, because this thing has become so much bigger than I ever thought it would be. And more important. And thank you so much for sharing that cause that’s huge information and such great insight for successfully navigating this career.

[00:13:52] Thank you.

[00:13:53]Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:13:53] Thank you, Daniel Blake. You, if I did interesting.

[00:13:56] Dane Reis: [00:13:56] Yeah.  and let’s move on to a time that I like to call your spotlight moment. That one moment in time you realize, yes, I am going to be an entertainer for a living or maybe it was, yes. This is what I need to be doing as an entertainer. Tell us about that.

[00:14:18]Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:14:18] Uh, you know, the first part of your question, which is they release their realization of, yeah, I’m going to be these or I’m going to be that actually, I don’t think I’ve ever had this moment. Um, I was dancing and I was performing and I was being on stage since the age of five. And then it kind of all was flowing and interchanging from, from, from ballroom competitive dancing into them.

[00:14:40] Sort of modern ballet, performative places into the theater, musical theater, and then a swing dancing and the jazz improvisation and the music, and then writing and singing it all kind of kind of been like this, you know, powerful river with loads of curves. So I don’t feel like there was a moment of my conscious decision.

[00:14:58] This is what I want to do. I felt the course was just the flow of energy to my parents or something in me. And that’s how it happens, you know? But when I think about the, you know, you said the word spotlights. When I think about spotlights, there’s so many things that I could recall, but maybe there’s two, uh, really, really highly edited, critically charged.

[00:15:16] Like one moment was for instance, um, the Paris orchestra, the performance performance with Paris orchestra, opera orchestra in Hawaiian. Uh, at the festival , which is violin and the sand or something like this in French, it’s a classical music festival, a huge, huge, huge, huge, huge festival, just free for four people to come because it’s sponsored with, I mean, absolutely ginormous, a Bauman last year, the watch and so on.

[00:15:41]Um, and so I was obstinately an expectingly too, for myself as a jazz dancer, invited to this festival. To perform one piece, which is the very famous two in sing, sing, sing, sing, sing in the arrangement with yeah, exactly. With Perry opera orchestra. And so obviously I said yes, and I couldn’t expect what was the moment of performance.

[00:16:03] So I’m a soloist, I’m the only person on stage. The stage is ginormous and it stands right on the shore. Off the ocean. And, um, I think that night, because it was the, the biggest night, it was the orchestra nights with loads of different soloists. And of course, normally it’s either opera singers or.

[00:16:20]Classical musicians. And maybe it was me with dancing, which was really unusual and fascinating for me in the audience. There were about 50,000 people. So there was the biggest audience. I was incredible. It was like the ocean itself. You know, you could see, you could see anything except for the first three rows in front of you.

[00:16:39] And then it was just an ocean of heads. You know, it was incredible. The biggest audience I’ve ever performed to, and, you know, Uh, I do believe that it’s not so important to how big of an audience for your performance, but what is true is that the energy of 50,000 people is something it’s something special, especially with the ATPs orchestra seating at the back of you with a, with a director of the orchestra and everything.

[00:17:04] So big and grand and. I was just alone, trying to cover with my little body and with my little lies and with my little movements, but with my expanding, like, you know, aura and energy at that moment, I was trying to embrace all of that. And it was very interesting because for those six minutes, I was completely in control of the attention and of the message with my dance, you know, and I felt it.

[00:17:28] I felt being that moment and power. Uh, and this amount of energy, I think I was, I was shaking and maybe that was excitement, but equally it was just that, you know, when there’s so many people around and so much concentration and so much of a big newness and excitement of the moment. So I remember too.

[00:17:49] Actually notes that in the moment of performance, even though I was really being in the zone, as I felt that moment, but ahead a second of realization of what was going on in the energy and my sort of power in that moment. And I think I carry it through managing even right now. I feel like my wrists are it’s vibrating, you know? you know?

[00:18:09]Dane Reis: [00:18:09] Oh, yes.

[00:18:11] Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:18:11] and it’s not that, you know, I don’t know if it’s an adrenaline, maybe that’s adrenaline. Maybe that’s what it’s called, but it’s, it’s something, it’s some, it was something very special. And I think the other moments that came to my mind. Uh, you know, I’m a very theater theater person and, and I’ve been drawn to theater and I’ve been in theater and theater for me is really fantastic space where you can wear many, many different art forms, merge, and you, you get this beautiful gem of all of these different things means of expressing some stories.

[00:18:40]You know, like you can sing and dance and through the pantomime and body movement and stenographer everything, and you can create this other world and live in it and translate. Trans transform and, um, transmit something. And so it was my dream always after I quit my musical theater, where I was an actress.

[00:18:58] And later on, it was a dream to create a piece where I actually would not tell a story through talking, but through, through movement, through music, through sound. Mainly through, through movement. So my husband, David deaf and myself, I think it was a 2016 or something. We finally decided to make a piece because it was commissioned as well by the via civil assembler.

[00:19:20]Um, and the piece is called radio Hermitage, uh, with performed it not so much, but we’ve performed, it’s very international in Ireland in, in, um, the Basque country here in Spain. And in France. And so it was this one hour, 15 minute piece where I was at, it was a one woman show. So I was the only performer telling the story, which was a very personal story, but equally it was a story of jazz.

[00:19:41] Parallel to it’s a two storylines at the same time. And it was a theatrical piece about jazz and through jets through the means of jazz dance, jazz music, jazz singing, Jessica rotations, um, very personal stories. I said, because radio Hermitage IX series a real radio station in st. Petersburg, where for the first time I heard jazz music.

[00:20:01] And since then, uh, Since then my life changed basically. So this radio station in a way changed my life, you know, and this is the moment the spotlight. Of understanding that this is it. This is what I want to be is the moment when you really give it all, you, you, you sweat your, your soul out. You, you feel like you take took off the skin.

[00:20:21]You know, it’s so much you gave and so much you were, uh, intensely leaving this little theatrical life and then. When after a BS or after the whole, uh, performance, when you standing there, you know, you almost don’t feel your weight and you’re so tired, you know, your eyes are so tired. Your whole body is exhausted, but you are.

[00:20:41] So fulfilled at the same time, almost like elevated, elevated by, by giving an elevated by the other, you know? Yeah. The parallel life that you just lived, you know, and he told something, you, you, you, you just transmitted something out there into the world. He gave out some energy. So this would be the two moments where I was feeling.

[00:21:01] This was, you know, you know, in energetic excitement where you realize my God, it’s so amazing that I could feel that through what I do, you know?

[00:21:10]Dane Reis: [00:21:10] Yeah, for sure. Thank you for sharing those. And you’re right. That experience of performing with an entire symphony orchestra behind you is crazy. I’ve had the. The fortunate and very grateful to have performed with a couple of, uh, symphony orchestras. And it is amazing to have all that support behind you.

[00:21:32] Huh? It’s insane.

[00:21:34] Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:21:34] It gives you the, it gives you a little bit of fear. Isn’t it as well. I mean the other side of excitement, it’s like, Oh my God, I have to carry all of this, you know, you know,

[00:21:42]Dane Reis: [00:21:42] Yeah. And you’re like your sandwich between your sandwich between your sandwich between them and the audience and it’s, you’re, it’s crazy. Right? Right? That’s all so much energy coming at. You.

[00:21:50] Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:21:50] Yeah. Yeah. It’s true. Yeah. Yeah.

[00:21:54] Dane Reis: [00:21:54] I love it. Thank you. And let’s piggyback on that real quick and let’s talk about your number one, booked it moment. Walk us through that day.

[00:22:06] If there auditions and callbacks were part of it, let’s hear about that, but what was going on in your life and what about that moment? Makes it your favorite? Booked it moment.

[00:22:16] Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:22:18] You know, it’s very interesting because the word book or a book debt, or I went through some additions, I feel if I were to use in my dancing career or singing career,

[00:22:27] Dane Reis: [00:22:27] Yeah. Fair.

[00:22:28] Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:22:28] rarely go to auditions, really. I never go to audition. So let’s be honest here. Um, usually, usually people just contact me and they like me somewhere.

[00:22:36] So yeah, they book me, but, um, It’s an even different cessation, but I thought of one moment, you know, um, I guess where I was invited here and it was something very, very special ad was last year and it was, it was a year ago. It was December and the event is called. I love the stents and it’s a brilliant, eh, if you’re interested, go check them out on Instagram.

[00:22:57] They have a fantastic, um, Instagram with many, many, many different dancers from all over the world. So they’re all about, um, dance, just dance in general. I want to say urban dance or something like this, but no, actually they are absolutely about any type of dance. And the story was very simple. So it’s a French company who runs this, this thing.

[00:23:13] I love this dance. And, um, an event is actually a BA battle, but not really battle because no one wins at the end. It’s like sort of a battle slash exchange, you know? Where they invite, um, you know, the dancers that they want from all over the world, usually absolutely magnificent, fantastic answers, um, superb in their own fields, but really they fly them from all over the globe.

[00:23:33] And then there’s all sitting on stage in this beautiful, I think by leg  per region, one of the Parisian FA uh, theater stages and it’s full of dancers in the audience and you have this absolute superstar sitting there. And they, and then they bottled. So I’ll tell the details about the battling later on, but how did I get there?

[00:23:54] I was going to, uh, how’s dance classes here in Barcelona and it was fantastic dancer teaching them, uh, Nico  is his artistic name. And he just kind of mentioned, uh, after I jammed a couple of his classes said, you know, we have this events extended to San Bernardino, you know, let’s talk, you know, I want to invite you.

[00:24:09] I’m like, yeah. Yeah, sure. Okay. I’m just the person who very often says yes to many things. I think you said again, a few months, you know, this know I have to invite you. I said, yeah, sure. I’m sure Nicole here, whatever you want. Um, and then finally, they actually sent me an invitation and so on and so on and I said, fantastic, great.

[00:24:23] And I didn’t really check anything, you know, you know, at that time actually did not. What I love this dance is. And I was thinking, well, they just, I, you know, I’ll go somewhere and they’ll provide something. That’s all I knew. And literally. The days before I love this dance in Paris, I was in Kenya, in France performing for some other thing.

[00:24:40] I come to Paris, it’s 15th of December, and I’m actually opening up the page of this event to look what’s actually going to go, going to happen tomorrow. You know,

[00:24:49]Dane Reis: [00:24:49] Yeah. Yeah.

[00:24:51] Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:24:51] I guess I was just very busy in that period because I didn’t really look into it. And so I’m starting to scroll down. I want to see who are actually the dancers on the lineup.

[00:24:59] And what is this all about? And Oh my gosh, my hair just one after another sec falling out of my head because I just, I got immediately like, you know, seriously lost my color. I was like, Oh my goodness, sr, what have you done? You shouldn’t have prepare for this because literally on the, on the lineup, Uh, as I said, dancers from all over the globe and they are just, just monstrosities of their style in the best possible way.

[00:25:23] And I’m standing there shivering like little girl thinking or Jesus, what am I going to do tomorrow? Anyways, tomorrow, tomorrow we’re coming. And this event actually, th the whole. Battling system lasts for quite a while. And all of you have to sit on stage and on, on the screen behind, you know, there’s this sort of like a raffle, you know, like in a casino where they go and this person is going to bottle with that person.

[00:25:49] And then you just gotta watch in your corners. What’s what’s the whole juice of this competition is that I bring my own music. And all of the other gents just bring their own music. And then there was a girl who I was battling with. From France, it has dancer. So I happen to be in the left corner. So I needed to first dance to her music.

[00:26:08] And I had no clue, obviously what’s her music is, um, um, and then she would dance to my music and then each one of us will dance to our own tunes. So, which was this very beautiful, uh, exciting experimental, you know, battle slash. Um, showcase, you know, you know, of how dancers can just be reactive and provides and share in the moment, not only with their own thing, but as well with somebody else’s, you know, groove and vibe and you know what walking you through this moment, like, I was terrified.

[00:26:37] I was just so afraid for the whole time. And my belly was just let me go. And I thought, that’s it. I’m just going to lose my mind here at some point. And I was sitting on the chair and looking at all of the other phenomenal dancers and it’s been, you know, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, one hour, one hour and a half.

[00:26:53] And I’m thinking, Oh my God, I will not survive until my turn. And do you know what that was? This moment at probably one and a half hour where I got so wound up so nervous. And all of a sudden this energy just fell over, you know, rolled over the tip of my, of my, of me being able to do with it. And it switched to this playful, peaceful energy where I thought, Hmm. Hmm.

[00:27:19]What if I imagine that this moment when, when I will be know onstage, but this is my movie, all of that is my movie. How would I behave in my own movie? This people came to my movie. This other openings of my lovely crunchy came from my, everything here is for my movie. How would I behave? Would I be so terrified if I know that it’s all done this way, you’re not just created instantly this imagery that started to, you know, take over my mind and, and together with this fear that was already so big.

[00:27:52] So I don’t know. It just, it just became this buzzing thing. When they chose my name and I came out, I think it was just some forces moving my body because I don’t remember making any decisions whatsoever. And I was not responsible for my steps, but it was a pure flow because I was just, you know, my mind was, uh, flipped, uh, from the, from the, from the chair of raining, you know, and it was just body and moment and music.

[00:28:15]And do you know, it’s worked so fantastic, like this video afterwards. And I suppose it was for the dancers there, a surprising style, you know, jazz and swing. It’s just not something from today so much, you know, and it just worked, you know, this imagery just worked and helped me, you know, do something to the best of my potential at that moment and help me share the best energy and take it back from people and, you know, That was, that was my book.

[00:28:38] Just moment.

[00:28:40] Dane Reis: [00:28:40] yeah, I’d say so that is so cool. What a great concept of a festival or a battle that is so cool. And you know, it’s not necessarily, it’s not really for, I can’t imagine to see who wins or not, but to see the collaboration and what happens. And that is so cool.

[00:28:57]Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:28:57] Yeah, absolutely. Yeah. This one is not about women winning. And I think that the truly changes the vibe a bit because, you know, when it comes to winning, it’s always comes to judge it and judgements, you know, and we’re all majority people that I suppose maybe some people don’t care about that so much are in it.

[00:29:12] If it’s uncomfortable, the idea of being judged no in this or that way.

[00:29:16] Dane Reis: [00:29:16] Yeah, for sure. Wow. What a cool experience. Great story. 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?

[00:29:39]Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:29:39] Well, you know, there’s a Russian saying, which is if you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans. So that’s one thing I’m definitely not doing right now. Usually, you know, I’m a person who plans my year in advance and usually November, I know what I’m doing next November. That’s, that’s how I’ve been living my last nine years.

[00:29:54] I think my life. Yeah. W being a freelance artist. Um, and I love to know the structure because then I can just fill in the gaps. So, you know, create some projects because, you know, I suppose many flight freelancers, we are creating a lot of times work for ourselves, you know? you know? But for now, it’s, it’s almost, um, it’s almost a slap in the face to yourself to plan anything because literally every day situation changes and tired and completely.

[00:30:17] So I’m taking it to the challenge to, to learn how to just be in this moment and maybe have an idea of something, but then be very flexible. There’s that young plant of what can come and what can happen. Obviously, a lot of things are online, so. Me. And my husband were running an online school called secrets of solo.

[00:30:36] It’s been five years, we running it. We celebrated this year, five years and it came very handy. I have to say we have an online school in this time when all of the other, yeah. The other things I canceled, but equally we’re creating a lot of fun. Fun things for ourselves, like life sessions for dancers or little life, um, singing concerts or interviews and things like that, just to, and I’m taking loads of classes online.

[00:30:59] Actually, that’s very interesting because you’re at home. You can not go anywhere. So you can just, uh, learn many, many things from your home if you’re disciplined enough. But currently, um, artistically our project is just this Monday. We finished filming a video for my husband’s a new album. We’re doing a lot of video productions for each other.

[00:31:18] And we’re like this absolute super-strong bowl of a duet. We helping each other, we doing things together, continuously bouncing off, uh, creative ideas, his album, arbitrary of electronic music combined with classical music. Yeah. And then the video people’s got sweaty Scott swing, you know, in Spanish, it’s a dream.

[00:31:38] So it was a dance beautiful sort of a storytelling video. And I’m working on, um, Free production of video from my album colors. One

[00:31:47] Dane Reis: [00:31:47] very cool.

[00:31:48] Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:31:48] that is called fear. Very current. I think for all of us, literally, you know, you know, what’s funny. I wrote this song, the lyrics I wrote three years ago. It’s crazy to talk about it.

[00:31:59] I don’t want even think about three years ago. Uh, but we’re only going to be releasing it with the VGO in 2021 because things take time. But even now I’m reading the lyrics and I go, Oh my gosh. It’s as if I wrote it yesterday, it’s the same story. And it’s it. Fear’s just such a present and common thing for all of us.

[00:32:19] And we all experienced so many similar fears all the time and how fear actually makes. Loads of things, very hard, difficult, bad, and negative. These, you know, in life in general. So. Working on pre-production to these cheerful video. And, um, yes, I as well, it’s training continuously with other dancers here in Barcelona.

[00:32:41]I mean, right now we can’t, but whenever any studio opens I’m meeting, because I’m one of the things I love to do is to continuously, continuously push myself in the style. I am not the person who is, who loves to find something. That you know, works and then just write it forever. I’m a person who wants to, you know, the water moving continuously, things changing.

[00:33:02] I’m getting bored of some certain, even my dancing style or some things like this very quickly. And I want to see something fresh and new. And for this now, with my dancing, uh, specifically I collaborate with contemporary and urban dancers. To contaminate or let’s say like cook, cross, cross inspiration. I did it.

[00:33:22] Of course. It’s fire. Um, my Jess,

[00:33:26]Dane Reis: [00:33:26] Yeah, so cool. Yeah, you got to stay creative, right. right. And so great that it’s always about the training, always about continuing and growth, right.

[00:33:35]Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:33:35] Yep. Yeah. Yeah.

[00:33:36] Dane Reis: [00:33:36] For sure. And it is time to move on to one of my favorite sections in the interview. I call it the grease lightening round. I am going to ask you a handful of questions.

[00:33:48] I want you to answer them as quickly and concisely as possible one after another. Are you ready? 

[00:33:54] Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:33:54] Yeah, 

[00:33:55]Dane Reis: [00:33:55] All right. First question. What was the one thing holding you back from committing to a career as an entertainer?

[00:34:01]Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:34:01] nothing.

[00:34:03] Dane Reis: [00:34:03] Brilliant. Second question. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

[00:34:09]Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:34:09] Follow your passion and strike the iron while it’s hot.

[00:34:13]Dane Reis: [00:34:13] Hm. 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.

[00:34:24]Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:34:24] Various, no virus, whichever the situation is keeping up the flow, continuing, improving, and learning daily, because I think stagnation and loss of fire insight is the path of slow dying. So keep up the float.

[00:34:36]Dane Reis: [00:34:36] well said. And the fourth question, what is your best resource? Whether that is a book, a movie, a YouTube video, maybe a podcast or a piece of technology you found is helping your career right now.

[00:34:50]Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:34:50] well, um, You know, lately. I mean, for the last two years I’ve been reading the book artists way, not really reading, working with it with, by Julia Cameron. definitely the power of no, uh, by, uh,  uh, uh,  uh, then a little bit from the other side marketing and things like this because all of us, you know, in the end have to sell some.

[00:35:05] Things, even in a good way. It’s Seth Godden with his acumen book podcast and all sorts of different introduced. They’ve got this really a guru, I think of marketing today. And then maybe from the other point, like in artistic way, it’s the film mr. Gaga about  from Batsheva dance company and amazing leader director.

[00:35:26] Choreographer of that company and his dance story, basically how he just started, uh, from the, from nothing from nowhere when he was 21 with dance and became one of the biggest names in the world.

[00:35:37]Dane Reis: [00:35:37] Very cool. I will definitely have to check that out. Brilliant. 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?

[00:35:57]Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:35:57] you know, it’s a funny question every time, you know? Yeah. I wouldn’t change anything because I’m, I’m really, I really have no regrets. And I think everything that happened was exciting. Interesting. You know, you could learn from it re director’s cycle. So I wouldn’t change really anything. Uh, Psychologically now what I’m learning is that is, you know, this mental strength of yours that it’s strong strength of your core.

[00:36:20] I mean, I mean, spiritual core to not get you shifted and beaten by other people’s opinions and energies. You know, this is something I think is important to know, but yeah, I really would live my life exactly the same. I’m super grateful for my life and happy for everything, how it happens in marriages or personal life.

[00:36:39] Dane Reis: [00:36:39] Beautiful. And the last question, what is the golden nugget knowledge drop you’ve learned from your successful career that you’d like to share with our listeners?

[00:36:50]Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:36:50] You know, I would say. Uh, stay connected. Find the connectedness in everyday and being connected really, really opened up so many doors to you. It opened up the understanding, what is, who, who is you? What, what is you, what is your passion? And following your passion for me was, you know, is the biggest. It’s advice in my life, which I follow everyday connect to the now, trust yourself, open a little bit, open your yourself to the, to the now and at times, you know, at times I think it’s important to go to the mountains or to some high, high, high rooftop to see that the world is really big, that there is so much to it.

[00:37:26] Not only what we have here under the roofs of the buildings, you know,

[00:37:29]Dane Reis: [00:37:29] yeah. Fantastic. Your imagery throughout this entire interview has been fantastic. I love everything that you, the way you phrase everything is fantastic. Yeah. And to wrap up this interview, Cassinia 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?

[00:37:54]Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:37:54] I would like to invite all the listeners that they’re interested in the artistic side of my things to visit my website.  dot com. I know it’s impossible to just even spell probably right now on paper, but if you type in Google Sandhya, dancer of Signia solo, jazz dancer or something like this, you’ll definitely find my website where I release things about my, you know, the artistic side, video clips, music, and so on.

[00:38:19]Uh, definitely check me, check me out on Instagram or follow me. Was they connected to Instagram and Facebook? It’s  as well on Spotify. It’s standing up on hardscape as well. And the band where I’m a lead singer, which is called K quintet. So one ledger. W w we are the band that are working with swing and jazz music.

[00:38:38] And we were just released our new album last year, uh, which is like 50% of original music written by my husband, Dave Duffy, and 50%, um, old, good, fantastic jazz standards. And the last thing, but not least for me. Because I do believe, uh, dancing is really the way for just, you know, enjoying your body, staying connected, you know, you know, connected to your smile and shaking the dust of the days it’s dancing.

[00:39:02] And so if you’re interested to dance, um, something that is too jazz music, you can visit my online school secrets of solo.com and take some free classes, but equally sign up for my dance school and courses. 

[00:39:15]Dane Reis: [00:39:15] beautiful. And for everyone listening out there, I have put the links to everything that Cassandra just said into the description of this episode. So you can easily connect with her and also be sure to share this podcast with your fellow entertainers, coaches, teachers, educators, anyone in the arts and entertainment industry, as well as anyone aspiring to create a career in the entertainment industry.

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[00:40:01] So you don’t miss tomorrow’s guest because Sonia, thank you so much for being here today. I am so glad we got connected and it was such a pleasure to have you wanted to talk with you.

[00:40:13]Ksenia Parkhatskaya: [00:40:13] Absolutely. Thanks Dane. And thanks to everyone who’s listening. It was a pleasure to share.