Angel Kaba is a dancer, choreographer, artistic director, movement coach, content producer, and digital marketer. Pre-COVID-19 Quarantine in New York City, she was a regular teacher at Alvin Ailey and Steps on Broadway and held regular workshops and rehearsals for multiple gigs. Within 24 hours, her whole life changed. Her schedule was wiped and she had to figure out how to survive and generate income. Taking all of her skills into account, she earned over $1000 in 4 days from teaching her classes online and is now hosting a course to teach you how you can teach online too.
Taji Mag (TM): What was your teaching schedule like before the pandemic “quarantined” us into not gathering in groups?
Angel Kaba (AK): I was teaching 4 times a week in different studios in Manhattan and the Bronx. On top of my regular schedule, I had special Workshops, rehearsals, and other gigs like music videos and performances for festivals.
TM: How were you affected by the quarantine?
AK: OMG, in 24hours I felt like my life changed as if in a movie, but not for the good. Studios started to close one after another. I was in shock. I had no idea what to do. I am an immigrant here, I have an artistic visa for dance. Legally I can’t do anything other than dance. I thought, “How will I be able to make money and survive?”
TM: What did you do to overcome this hit to your income?
AK: After the shock, I was like, ok, let’s find a solution! I remembered Ashani Mfuko, the money maker of the dance industry who has been speaking about “passive incomes” for years. I researched to find the best way to teach online classes – which platform to use, the cost – then I put a 100% online strategy into place. In 4 days I made $1200!
TM: What are some items people can look forward to when taking your course?
AK: I brought my strength as a teacher and made my knowledge and expertise available for my students during this challenging time.