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Value n’ Mayor: Creating dance

Value n’ Mayor is a dynamic choreographing duo taking centerstage on social media. What began as a joke throughout Covid, has paved the best way to working with numerous manufacturers – akin to Goal, Neutrogena and Blue Bunny – and offered a platform to share their expertise with thousands and thousands of viewers world wide. Dance Informa had the privilege of chatting with Austin and Marideth Telenko – the married couple behind Value n’ Mayor. 

Austin and Marideth started dancing at ages 9 and 14 respectively, along with his coaching rooted in theater and hers in road type. Ultimately, they broadened their coaching to incorporate a wide range of kinds. Every landed in New York – Austin in 2017 dancing professionally, and Marideth in 2019 on the Richard Ellner Scholarship at Broadway Dance Heart (BDC). 

Cost n' Mayor. Photo by Heights Digital Media.
Value n’ Mayor. Picture by Heights Digital Media.

Austin and Marideth met in 2019, whereas acting at Six Flags New Jersey in a Halloween present. Over the subsequent few months, their paths stored crossing, and after the present ended, the 2 continued spending time collectively. They started “formally” relationship in February 2020, a month earlier than Covid shut down New York. 

Marideth shares, “I’ll always remember the day every thing closed in New York. Austin was at my place with me and my roommates, and everybody began getting messages that BDC was closed, Steps on Broadway was closed, our jobs had been closed. We had been each frightened of getting caught in New York long-term. My mother inspired me to return dwelling, and I advised Austin, ‘Simply include me to North Carolina. We’ll wait it out for 2 weeks and are available again.’” What they thought can be two weeks became a year-long keep. 

Caught collectively in North Carolina, Austin and Marideth started making up dances and instructing them to one another. Ultimately, they started choreographing collectively and determined to share their posts on social media below the Value n’ Mayor identify – an inside joke from their time in New York. “We had been within the park someday taking part in playing cards and wished to maintain rating, so we pulled out a telephone and mentioned, ‘Hey, Siri, make a remark that claims Aust and Mar’. The closest actual phrases that Siri knew was Value and Mayor. We thought it was the funniest factor ever and it turned an inside joke,” shares Austin. 

Cost n' Mayor. Photo by Mary Daley Photography.
Value n’ Mayor. Picture by Mary Daley Pictures.

TikTok dances had been a quarantine pattern, however when Value n’ Mayor surveyed what was trending, they discovered a distinct strategy. “We noticed a niche within the area and began making authentic work that basically was centered on music. We took sounds which are recognizable to your ear and made one thing that appeared just like the sound. I feel that scratched a satisfying itch for individuals and made it stand out from different choreography,” says Marideth. 

The duo needed to pivot from stage efficiency to creating and sharing on a telephone display – a pivot with a steep studying curve. “On a telephone display, you’re lots nearer up, so you possibly can see extra nuanced motion, whereas in the event you’re in a 20,000-person stadium, a nuanced motion is misplaced. However you’re additionally restricted – in the event you do something too giant, you’re out of body,” reveals Marideth. 

Value n’ Mayor additionally started working with manufacturers – a creation course of which posed some distinctive challenges. “When a model hires us to make content material for them, we’re not simply offering choreography – we’re the choreographer, the performer, the actor, the producer, the editor and the videographer,” Marideth says. “The model will inform us, ‘Our precedence is to indicate this product and spotlight X, Y and Z about it.’ The problem is to create choreography that’s authentically us, but additionally promotes a product and highlights what the model needs us to.”

Cost n' Mayor. Photo by Tiffanie Marie @steezystudio.
Value n’ Mayor. Picture by Tiffanie Marie @steezystudio.

“After we’re dancing collectively for enjoyable, we’re showcasing enjoyable strikes and our efficiency high quality,” Austin provides. “However once we’re dancing for a model, we’re selling a product, service or key message right into a story that resonates with individuals sufficient to cease and watch an advert.”

Regardless of the brand new challenges the duo confronted, the 2 thrive on a problem. “I feel once you’re cranking out the quantity of content material that we do in per week, it helps to have these prompts to spur new concepts. It helps the creativity have longevity,” Marideth explains.

A trademark of a Value n’ Mayor video is their contagious pleasure. Value n’ Mayor’s capacity to keep up robust reference to a web based viewers is one motive for his or her recognition. “As a result of we’re obsessed with it, we genuinely have a lot enjoyable doing what we’re doing, and now we have mutual love for one another, it’s straightforward for a viewer to additionally really feel that pleasure,” Marideth shares.

Austin continues, “To not point out that we do all of our stuff in our front room in comfortable garments and socks. It provides off this sense that we’re similar to you – we like to bounce in our front room, now we have enjoyable and snigger about it once we mess up.” 

Cost n' Mayor. Photo by Mary Daley Photography.
Value n’ Mayor. Picture by Mary Daley Pictures.

Value n’ Mayor now has over six million followers throughout platforms. When requested in the event that they felt the strain of those numbers, Marideth was sincere concerning the highs and lows of a big following, “On one hand, typically we are able to get in our head about choreography as a result of we wish to impress a big viewers. Alternatively, as a result of everyone seems to be creating in such excessive portions now, in the event you put out one thing that could be very experimental and it sort of sucks, nobody goes to recollect it. You’ll do one thing new tomorrow. It’s like a security web virtually, and I really feel the security web facet of it greater than I really feel the strain more often than not.”

Austin continues, “Typically, now we have to take a step again from it and say, ‘Did we choreograph that for the six million people who find themselves throughout platforms, or did we choreograph that as a result of we wished to do it, we felt good about it, we had enjoyable with it?’ I feel once we remind ourselves that we choreographed for us, that’s when it’s finest obtained by all people else.” 

When requested how they handle themselves and stop burn-out, it was clear each take self-care critically. “Typically, now we have to say if we’re not feeling it right now, that’s 100% okay,” Austin says. “It goes again to are we creating for them or are we creating for us? We attempt to publish one thing each day, however that’s only a private choice. Typically, we do must remind ourselves that if it’s not in us to publish one thing right now, it’s okay.” 

“On this chapter, we closely concentrate on placing out issues that we’re actually pleased with, and had enjoyable making,” provides Marideth. “If we begin choreographing and are like, ‘I’m probably not into this,’ we’ve discovered to provide ourselves the grace to say, ‘If we don’t prefer it, there’s no use forcing ourselves to provide you with one thing.’”

Cost n' Mayor. Photo by Heights Digital Media.
Value n’ Mayor. Picture by Heights Digital Media.

Shifting to the way forward for on-line creation, Austin and Marideth admit it’s arduous to foretell what that may appear to be, however had some ideas on what’s to return. “As social media and leisure progress, we strongly really feel that the 2 industries are going to collide,” Marideth affirms. “We’re going to see much more cross-over and a private model like ours facilitating a profession within the mainstream business. Greater than ever, it is going to be necessary to have a longtime platform and private model on social media. That package deal will grow to be rather more beneficial to the standard business transferring ahead.” 

She delves a bit additional into the shift within the business, “Historically, within the dancing/choreography area, your profession has been within the palms of different individuals. This period is exclusive as a result of it places that energy again into the palms of the artist. We bought to call our model Value n’ Mayor as a result of we thought it was humorous. If I’ve an concept, the one factor that stands between us and sharing that concept with the world is videoing it and hitting ‘publish.’” 

When requested what recommendation the 2 have for the rising era of performers and choreographers, they agree it depends upon your objectives. “As choreographers who wished to develop a model on-line, a 12 months in the past, our objectives had been rather more round progress. Should you’re making an attempt to develop a private model, there needs to be a component of worrying about how your work is being obtained. When you’ve achieved that objective of progress, then you possibly can present individuals all the issues which are your private inspiration,” says Marideth.

“We will’t lump collectively dancers, performers and choreographers,” Austin provides. “As a dancer, you possibly can have objectives of eager to work with sure artists or choreographers, or be in sure motion pictures. Should you take to Instagram or TikTok to be taught issues, then be taught the choreography and regurgitate as a lot as you need. But when, as a choreographer, your objective is to place your ideas and creations in entrance of the individuals who could make these issues occur, then you have to be creating issues and doing no matter you possibly can to get them in entrance of these eyes.”

Apparently, Austin and Marideth started their dance careers simply a short while in the past as performers, however have rapidly shifted extra to choreography. Whereas Marideth says choreographing was all the time her endgame, Austin had completely different objectives. “I bear in mind a time, residing in New York saying, ‘I simply wish to carry out. I might like to be working with these creatives and choreographers – please simply inform me what to do.’ That’s the place my objectives had been till I discovered that I’ve this actually cool individual that I really like very a lot and now we have actually nice concepts. Now, my passions are in choreography and the artistic facet.” 

Cost n' Mayor. Photo by Heights Digital Media.
Value n’ Mayor. Picture by Heights Digital Media.

A partnership birthed throughout quarantine has taken Austin and Marideth additional than they ever imagined. They had been contributing choreographers for this 12 months’s Nationwide Dance Day routine, and this fall, they’ll be launching the second athleisure assortment of their sustainable clothes line. Value n’ Mayor designed their clothes line alongside their group at Sew Sew You, who carry their wonderful items to life utilizing recycled and sustainable luxurious supplies. 

The couple’s first assortment “Flip the Combine,” impressed by ’90s hip hop and celebrating individuality, was extraordinarily profitable, they usually’ve simply introduced that their fall assortment will probably be referred to as “24 by Value n’ Mayor.” The brand new line is a celebration of the expansion the couple has skilled of their careers, with their group, and as a pair over the previous 12 months, and will probably be launched for a restricted time solely on November 9.

Marideth says, “I actually am enthusiastic about it. I believed that we couldn’t high the final line as a result of we liked it a lot, however I actually suppose that I like the autumn line higher!” 

Look out for his or her new line this November, and comply with Value n’ Mayor on all social media: @cost_n_mayor.

By Melody McTier of Dance Informa.



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