We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebekah Diaddigo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebekah, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
As I pursued a career as a professional ballet dancer, I realized that dance can go places that words can’t. So I started asking myself, “what do people need to hear through dance?”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As I asked myself “what do people need to heart through dance?” words hope and dignity kept coming to mind. Hope because Jesus is hope and dignity because each person has been put on this planet for a purpose. And that’s how Bluebird Uncaged was born. We are a dance collective that believes art shapes culture; and we want to steward my gifts with wisdom and excellence to point people to the Grand Narrative. We do this through live performances (such as our annual production of Sterling’s Path, an original fairytale told through dance, multimedia, and spoken word), international collaborations (we’ve been to Panama, Central America four times to serve the community through dance), and multimedia. We also have a podcast and a merch line! We love providing opportunities to foster community whether that be for like-minded artists or for people to share the common experience of a production. The dialogue that accompanies art is an extension of the work itself and with the exchange of ideas + support from friends, lives can be transformed. I never really had grand plan for Bluebird; just a loose vision of possibilities. From choreographing and dancing part of the opener for a conference of 20,000 to organizing workshops for local students, it’s been a journey of being faithful with the present opportunities in front of me and courageously taking the next baby step. Since 2012 our mission and goals have gained so much more clarity and I look forward to what’s to come.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hmm, it depends on which friend it is but some activities might include, a picnic at my favorite spot overlooking the city, a visit to the botanical gardens, Jeni’s Ice Cream on the West Side, an Atlanta Ballet performance, maybe some hikes OTP, estate sale perusing, a baseball game, or exploring the High Museum.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents have always been my biggest supporters and cheerleaders doing whatever they could to help educate and equip me to pursue what I was created for. They constantly offer wisdom, encouragement, and practical advice as I travel through this life adventure. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them and I am forever grateful.
Kevin Saavedra, Abbie Franklin, Roxy Moure