Get to Know TEDxBroadway Speaker Lindsey Croop

Editor’s note: Before we once again ask, “What Is the Best Broadway Can Be?” on Monday, February 22, we’re asking our TEDxBroadway 2016 speakers to tell us a little more about themselves.

LindseyCroop1Lindsey Croop is a performance artist with the critically acclaimed ballet company Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she has toured the world with a message of hope. She was born and raised in Texas and studied ballet under Susan Clark followed by a time at Butler University, where she earned degrees in Dance-Arts Administration and Journalism, graduating cum laude in both.

She began her professional career with Nashville Ballet until Dance Theatre of Harlem invited her to join for the company’s celebrated return in 2010. Lindsey has performed for world leaders in Honduras, Israel, Turkey and other areas of conflict. She has witnessed firsthand the power of art to create change. Spreading the message of unity through diversity has taken Lindsey to Kennedy and Lincoln Center stages, and she was recently honored as one of the One World Trade Center’s featured artists.

Lindsey draws inspiration from trees, the sense of touch, timely music, yogurt, her mentor Charla Genn, timely glitter, her family, great hats and her husband, Trevor.

What’s one app you can’t live without?
Spotify … I like setting a soundtrack for my daily life.

What was the first Broadway show you ever saw?
Wicked in Chicago … but I think Avenue Q was the first show I saw in NYC!

If you had a motto, what would it be?
Gratitude is the parent of all virtue.

If you could bring any artist back from the dead for one more performance, who would it be?
Josephine Baker.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
It’s a tie between “We Own the Sky” by M83 or “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé.

What’s No. 1 on your bucket list?
Become fluent in another language. I’m practicing French because of ballet terminology. There’s so many great, free resources online!

Have you got a skill or talent that not many people know about? Tell us.
I was a state-recognized violin player in high school.

Who would play you in the theatrical telling of your life’s story?
Zoe Saldana. She’s already played a dancer in Center Stage, so she’s ready!

Now in its fifth year, TEDxBroadway brings together some of the most interesting people in academics, entertainment, marketing, science and beyond to create, share and stimulate dialogue about the current and future state of the Broadway community.

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