Kisarhi is a fusion of her full name (Kimberley-Sarah-Hill). She wears many hats - Photographer, Video Maker, Dancer, Creative Director. She is also referred to as a full-blown creative and storyteller. She has a unique journey of self-discovery through dance.
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I started dancing at 7 and quickly fell in love with the adrenaline and freedom that come with movement. A shy kid, dance was an outlet for me and a way to express myself. My relationship with dance has grown and evolved over time, but my reason for dance has been unwavering. I dance to express emotion, to tell a story, and to connect with others. Ultimately, I want to leave people better than I found them and I believe telling stories through dance and movement is the most powerful way I can do that.
What does a day in your life look like?
Dance has lead me down many paths and provided me with a number of opportunities I never would have thought possible when I was an aspiring ballerina! After moving from Australia to Canada in 2016, I found my place with AinslieWear - a Vancouver based dancewear label. I pinch myself everyday that I am able to work with a bunch of great people, working together to create be-a-utiful dancewear! As Marketing Coordinator, every day is different. Some days I'm taking photos & videos for an upcoming product launch, on other days I might be coordinating campaigns, or helping place wholesale orders from international clients, or brainstorming the next big thing for the company. More recently, I've even assisted in the design of an upcoming collection fabric print!
What challenge are you most proud of overcoming? Why?
I've faced many challenges along the way, the most significant of which were in my years as a university student, studying dance and education. It was during this time where I began to question my identity as a dancer and what I wanted to achieve with dance and life more broadly. I had long been told that there were really only 2 ways to have a dance career. Become a performer - either with a dance company (the classical ballet or contemporary side) or freelance (musical theatre, commercial/acting, or cruise ships). If you couldn't 'make it' as a performer, you were encouraged to become a teacher. Neither of these options sat well with me. I'd always loved to dance and perform, but the traditional path wasn't going to work for me. I've been told I'd be a good teacher, but I don't have the passion for education (there's nothing worse than a teacher that doesn't want to teach!). I couldn't see it at the time, but there are so many other opportunities dance can offer! What I came to realise is that I can make my own opportunities. The challenge I overcame was learning that I had a choice in determining my own destiny.
What advice would you give your 15 year old self?
I've spent my life feeling like I don't fit in. But life is better when you don't fit in - stand out! The best thing you can do for yourself, your career and the world around you is to embrace your uniqueness and go after the things you want without hesitation.
Find more about Kim here: kisarhi.com