Krysta Rogden

Krysta Rogden
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Bachelor of Arts in Dance
2020

Give a little general information about yourself: how did you become interested in dance? How old were you when you began dancing?
I began taking dance classes as a toddler at a recreational studio. My interest in dance as a career dwindled after participating in the competitive scene for my middle school years. It was thanks to my high school dance instructor and her worldly wisdom on dance that I developed a passion for the art form. At this time, I was also introduced to physical theater, more specifically circus arts. Through this blend of movement forms, I realized the possibilities for dance and movement collaboration are endless. I knew it was a discipline I wanted to study my whole life.

What kind of career do you hope to have?
As a dancer, with a passion for many movement genres and expression forms, I hope my career will encompass endless learning. Aside from the wish to perform, I hope to have research that will lead to multidisciplinary projects that both shed a unifying light on art forms across the globe while at the same time helping to end the appropriation of these forms. Further down the road, I’d love to share wisdom with prospective dancers at the collegiate level.

What is your favorite thing about the Department of Dance?
I appreciate how accommodating and accepting the Department of Dance here at UNC Charlotte is. We have formed a community of movers with a variety of passions, however, we are all very supportive of each other's goals.

Do you participate in any community cultural activities or work in the Charlotte arts or design community? If so, please describe.
Currently, I am on the board for UNC Charlotte’s Queen City Circus. We are a physical theatre troupe with the goal of bringing art to every inch of campus. I have also partaken in two separate internships for Caroline Calouche & Co., a nonprofit dance and circus company that partners with the Arts & Science Council to bring circus arts and training to the Charlotte community. This work included assisting in costume making for student showcases, educational outreach, and even community performance opportunities.

When you are not in class, studying, working or rehearsing, what do you like to do for fun?
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends either grabbing coffee, having lunch, or catching a performance. When alone, I often take to the outdoors with my pets for adventure, meditation, or project research!