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Catching up with actor and dancer Kristen Briscoe

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There's a heretofore unheralded star in the DMV acting scene. She can act, and boy can she dance. Her name is Kristen Briscoe, and she stopped by DC Actors Examiner to talk about how she plans to take her career to the limit.

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Q - How did a dancer like you get into acting?

As I got more involved and more aware of the dance and arts scene in DC, I realized that there are opportunities in the DMV, I just have to hunt for them more, unlike New York or LA. I started plugging in more to casting sites, like Backstage, Craigslist, and casting groups on Facebook. I heard about the film Vow of Silence needing extras on Facebook. Black Women was my first music video.

Q - How did you get cast in the Webseries By, Chance?

For the By, Chance project, I was brought in as a choreographer, but ended up getting a role. I've taken some acting classes before, but really focused more on dance. But dance is theatrical, so for me to do acting in not a far stretch.

Q - What kind of roles can you see yourself doing?

I could totally see myself in a sitcom. A dramady like Ally McBeal. I also think I would make a great TV show host.

Q - Have you always loved to dance?

I started dancing when I was four but really started talking it seriously when I joined the Northern Virginia Center for Dance and Theatre in elementary school. I was exposed to all forms of dance. Modern, jazz, hip hop, African, Ballet, and Latin influenced dances. We didn't have recitals, rather productions. The dancing was interwoven in a play to further tell the story. I began choreographing in elementary school and performed my own work in school talent shows and contest. I majored in dance in college, but a change in schools forced my to change my major. As a way of staying active I begun taking Zumba classes a local gyms and Pole Fitness classes. This was the perfect way for me to keep moving but on my own time. After I earned my degree in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University in 2011, I began seeking more dance. I started dancing with an adult company, The Kathy Harty Gray Dance Theatre. I eventually started dancing with various dance companies in the area. I also began teaching Zumba about a year ago.

Q - What's next?

Right now I'm focusing back on dancing. Rehearsing for a performance with the DMV Ladies Student Dance Team in April, a performance in March with Beth Elliot Dance Group, a contemporary modern company. I'm also working with Pheelgood Showtime which is an ensemble aimed at creating choreography for TV. I also, am working with a videographer to shoot my own workout video in the summer.

I want to make my dreams come true here and build a name for myself. I want to make DC the next New York. I've been asked to come back for the second session of By, Chance. A lot of good things are happening. I'm excited! The sky's the limit!


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