Today we’d like to introduce you to Casey Cardenas.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Casey. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up in a suburb of Houston, Sugarland. My mom and dad split when I was a young child, but both worked very hard to help me give me the best childhood they could. It was never roses though. Both of my parents worked multiple jobs and we lived a good life, but by all means, it was nothing glamorous. For 18 years, my mom and I lived in a one bedroom apartment, and at the age of 15 told me I was going to have to go find a job. So, I did just that. The first job I ever worked was at Subway, and I worked there for a year! Outside of school, being the captain of my high school drill team, and work, I was a very busy high schooler! With the help of grants, scholarships, and working, I was able to get myself through 4 years of college at the university of Houston, debt free! I worked full time in the summers as a waitress, and danced for 3 seasons as a Houston Rockets Power Dancer (2013-2016), all while being enrolled full time in school, and taking Sumer classes to help keep on track for graduation. In addition to all of that, I also was involved in a sorority in college and completed a two semester Sales Program to be sales certified in my senior year of college.
Once graduated, I knew that I had to hang up my Rockets Power Dancer uniform, and get out into the world with my “Big Girl Job”. I worked as a liberty mutual sales representative for a year before I found another opportunity as a sales rep at ADP, where I currently work now as a small business consultant. On an even more exciting note, I was blessed to have found such a great opportunity for myself doing what I love most when I retired from dancing for the rockets. Outside of working full time, I also teach a dance class, as well as personal dance privates and private parties. I worked for a local dance studio for over year, but just recently decided to start a business of my own! I am very excited to be entering into this new chapter of my life. A lot of thought and preparation has gone into starting this business, and at times can be very overwhelming, but I am confident that anyone who takes my class will be coming back for more! You can take my dance class every Monday at 7 pm at Sonia’s World or Dance off of chimney rock and Richmond. My class is a mixture of hip hop and stylized jazz. Sometimes, I’ll even invite my class to bring their high heels to challenge themselves and spice up the dance just a little bit! I will officially start teaching my dance classes at the end of august. You can follow me on social media to get all the updates!
Has it been a smooth road?
My life has definitely not been a smooth road. Growing up with my single parent definitely forced me to become an adult very early on in life. I’ve always had to maintain a full-time job throughout college and any of the extracurricular activities I decided to take on. Now, that I’m in sells, it’s honestly even harder. Every month I’m working towards a new quota that I have to meet or a promotion I am trying to achieve. Having a high-pressure corporate job and teaching dance class at night can be a bit overwhelming at times. In all honesty, though, I love it. Being busy and staying involved in multiple activities keeps me disciplined. I’m an extrovert though, so that’s just always been my personality. The moment one thing gets taken off my plate, I’m finding ways to add two more things to it. My best advice for anyone looking into starting their own journey in life is to always be thinking ahead. Write your goals down, even if you’re not exactly sure what you want to do in life. Think of things you enjoy or what makes you happy and then brainstorm ways to get yourself there. I’ve never been exactly clear on what my next steps were going to be but I never got comfortable. Once I am comfortable with doing one thing, that’s when I know it is time to figure out what my next move is going to be.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Casey Choreo – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I work two jobs! I am a full-time sales representative for ADP. I meet with 5 to 7 business owners on a weekly basis and have conversations about Human Capital Management. What exactly does that mean? I meet with businesses to discuss their current HR processes, like how they are attracting and retaining their top talent and mitigating risk in the workplace. The companies I work with can have as little as one employee or as big as 1000 employees. ADP is a Global company, so we have a wide array of accounts we work with. Outside of my corporate job, I also teach dance! This is what I love doing the absolute most. I started off dancing for the Houston Rockets, then taught for over a year at a local Houston studio, and very recently just opened up my own business entity where I will be offering dance class, personal private dance classes, and private parties. I specialize in teaching a hard-hitting, powerful, hip-hop, but also love to teach a more sensual stylized type of dance as well. I’m most proud of being able to offer an open space for People to learn confidence and self-love. I feel most in tune with mind and body when I’m dancing and am proud to be able to offer people a place where there’s no judgment, just 100% support, and kind words. For me, dance is a Huge stress reliever. Having to focus on picking up choreography allows for everything else going on in my mind to escape. It’s also just a really fun change up to workout plan too! I burn the most calories when I dance!
Who have you been inspired by?
I would say all of my previous corporate managers, dance coach’s and instructors I’ve taken a class from have inspired me. I have so much respect for anyone who can manage a team, own a business, or even teach a dance class. I think it takes a certain type of person to be able to lead a group. I’m most inspired when I take a dance class or meet with my manager at my corporate job. I think because being a leader myself, I know how much hard work goes into wanting the best for the people you are leading. It also takes a lot of guts to be a leader as well! Shoutout to all the female business owners and managers out there making things happen in this world!
- $12 a class
- Address: 5535 Richmond ave Houston, TX 77056
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: Casey.Cardenas
- Facebook: CaseyChoreo
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