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Meet Jacob Soble of Soble Dance Movement

Date: Jun 6, 2019 | by SDVoyager

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacob Soble.

Jacob, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a self-taught choreographer and contemporary/modern dancer. I received training and instruction at a young age in tap from the age of six until I turned 13. Soon after, I started competition dance and experimenting with choreography in my garage. At first when I presented my choreography in the studio, I was made fun of and condescended, ultimately receiving little to no support from peers and teachers around me because my style was “so different”. This was the boost I needed to accelerate my passion for dance and to find my “voice” as an artist, to ultimately trust the work I put out there and to not be precious about it as well. Currently, my passion is teaching and choreographing for students of all ages and levels throughout San Diego County. I try to teach as much as I can so I can create more and see my work on other bodies, which is the most rewarding factor as a choreographer in my opinion. I now teach and educate students in movement and contemporary dance at Culture Shock Dance Center, Dance and Company, Golden State Ballet and Pilates, and many more studios and facilities in San Diego County.

Has it been a smooth road?
Primarily Age Discrimination from studios in the surrounding area. I have learned to accept that not everyone will like your style and choreography and learning that it is OKAY and to create for ONESELF and not FOR OTHERS. Furthermore, this carries over to dancing for oneself and not dancing solely to impress others and to maintain an ego that one may feel obligation to. I always remind myself when stressed about something dance related to just “dance” and do what you love. Dance becomes too serious and very conservative especially in the modern and contemporary community/world so it is important to stay true to the passion and not forget why you started dance in the first place.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Soble Dance Movement story. Tell us more about the business.
Soble Dance Movement is the inspired vision of Jacob Soble. Soble Dance Movement represents my company (local professionals that I seek out and hire to learn my choreography and present it at choreography festivals and showcase) as well as my 501c tax exempt Non-Profit dance program, “Love2Dance”. I donate my time teaching students Hip Hop and Contemporary dance after school in the East County School District for my Non-profit. I hope to make a difference by inspiring a new generation of dancers who may not have the opportunity to be exposed to dance.

My passion for dance is evident the moment I take the stage. I am most known for my unique teaching style and approaches to movement, musicality, having to been described as captivating, special and breathtaking. I believe that dance is and must be a safe space in order for students to fully find their potential and artistry within themselves. Many dancers lose their individual artistry at a young age due to conservative training programs and traditional training/approaches to movement. Although traditional technique and class is vital for any dancer’s development, I make sure to leave room for “artistic freedom and choices” when I teach my classes and train my dancers. Furthermore, these “choices”, textures, widen the horizons and freedom for any dancer when it comes to texture and stylistic approaches to movement and dance. Soble Dance Movement is overall a representation of my choreography: Jacob Soble Choreography. I hope to expand my non-profit as well as my company in the near future once I achieve my BA in Dance from San Diego State University.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see the industry going many different ways in the next 5-10 years. Social media is responsible for the shifts in the industry, ultimately making half the battle as an artist “a popularity contest”. Furthermore, platforms like Instagram and Facebook are vital to a dancer or choreographer’s success in this day in age, ultimately being the primary outlet to share one’s work. I already see and experience the heavy influence of social media but truly hope that this changes due to the fact that artistry is being lost among the views and choreographers and dancers trying to stay popular ad relevant in the industry. Mediocre choreography and movement is being masked by technical “tricks”. I truly hope that the dance industry reclaims its’ roots which is dancing for the love and joy of dance and not for the views and to “impress” others.

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Image Credit:
POWDER PICTURE IS BY HOLLY IRELAND PHOTOGRAPHY
WHITE BOX PICTURES WITH PURPLE LIGHT AND THREE GIRLS ARE TAKEN BY MANNY ROTENBURG