Chloe DaCosta loves science; she also loves to dance.
The 19-year-old Caymanian, who was the 2015 William A. Dart Scholarship recipient, recently started her third year at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in dance with a concentration in body, science and motion, and minoring in biology and chemistry. In addition, Chloe has a passion for performing, and it is through her hard work and commitment that she was given an opportunity to showcase her talent.
You will never succeed as an artist if you’re not an intellectual artist. You need to have a brain. Chloe DaCosta
“There’s a very different appreciation and strictness for dancing when you get older,” says Chloe, who has been dancing since she was four years old. Her first dance solo, while dressed as a rag doll doing the “Dolly Dance,” was in the Celebrity Cruise Line Competition when she was 12 years old.
While growing up, Chloe became interested in acting as well, but she wasn’t always encouraged to pursue that passion. “I was told, ‘It’s not something real; you’re going to waste your brain,’” she says. “I think when I was told that specifically, I wanted to do it more. You will never succeed as an artist if you’re not an intellectual artist. You need to have a brain.”
In late 2016, Chloe auditioned for the International Modeling & Talent Association, one of the most acclaimed modelling and talent training centres in the world. The association requests the grades of those in school before an audition. However, Chloe says she wants to complete her university education before going into the industry.
This past July, Chloe was invited to her second audition in New York City at the 2017 IMTA New York Convention. She was entered into various competitions and performances to determine her casting potential. “This is where casting directors from Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, ABC, Universal Pictures or any TV, movie or Broadway-related corporations come for their next star,” says Chloe.
Following the convention, Chloe was contacted by two established agencies: M2M Studios and Ellie Roque Connections. These agencies will help her train and
send her to the auditions for the production companies.
In university, Chloe has been able to gain a better understanding of her dance through her classes, such as anatomy. “I don’t look at dancers as human bodies anymore,” she says. “I look at them as a whole machine moving together, and so when something hurts on my body, I can see how it happened in class.”
As a result of her new understanding of the the relationship between the body and movement, Chloe took an interest in rehabilitation medicine. Before leaving to go to New York, Dart’s Minds Inspired programme placed Chloe at A Step Ahead Physiotherapy. “It was a great and insightful experience into what physiotherapy is,” she says.
Chloe says she sat in with patients — with their permission — to learn “hands-on” how to treat injuries. The physiotherapists would often ask if she knew how to diagnose an injury and how she would treat it.
“I’ve never had the clinical experience before and it was cool to see everything outside of the classroom,” she says. “It’s scary to be that person, because it’s very much you that’s in charge of their fate and how you treat them.”
Chloe says she looks forward to see how her future unfolds both through academics and performance. She notes she is grateful to the Minds Inspired and Dart scholarship committee for funding her education, so she can live out her dream of dancing through science.