Loan Tran

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While dancing freestyle on the streets of Manhattan, dressed in her elaborate feathered and chain headdresses, Loan says that she feels like a bird perched high above the pains of the temporal world. Like her parents, who escaped from Vietnam with nothing, Loan has a heightened sense of appreciation for the freedoms that life is “supposed” to offer and in particular, places like NYC, whose melting pot is “supposed” to offer a place for anyone to feel special. So when the tiny but powerful dancer approached the clubs of the Big Apple and was confronted with flat-out rejection due to something called a “face policy” (that is coined “models and bottles”), she put on her headphones and performed in the street. Congruent with Loan’s belief that negative events push you towards the positive, the accountant by day has grown into a performance artist by night, dancing wherever she is celebrated. Loan’s experiences have rendered her a case study in what happens when one expresses themselves with abandon, she has been closer to being publicly lynched than to feeling the love.

Loan has found that if she is in costume, people tend to accept her, but if she’s in her everyday clothes, she is passed off as a drug addict. It is ironic and fascinating that Edie Sedgwick became Loan’s style icon when someone told her that she resembled the Factory Girl. During our interview, Loan recited the “Poor Little Rich Girl’s” famous quote that highlights the similarity between the two women in ways beyond cropped haircuts and floppy hats. “I want to reach people and express myself. You have to put up with the risk of being misunderstood if you are going to try to communicate. You have to put up with people projecting their own ideas, attitudes, misunderstanding on you. But it’s worth being a public fool if that’s all you can be in order to communicate yourself.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/malcolm.harris Malcolm Harris

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOAN FROM THE FIRST TIME I EVER SAW HER DANCING ON THE HYDRANT IN FRONT OF CIPRIANI’S… A FEW OF THE STUCK-UP PATRONS WERE LAUGHING BUT I COULD UNDERSTAND IMMEDIATELY THEY WERE LAUGHING AT HER BECAUSE THEY KNEW SHE WAS FREE!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dustinhollywood Dustin Thornton

    Gahhh she is gorgeous, I wanna photograph her!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001224262977 N’dazeba B. Amihere

    Her fearlessness is kind of awe-inspiring. From watching her video you really get the sense that she strives to be completely herself in everything she does. Like, it’s not a shtick. The dancing and the freedom that comes with it is 100% genuine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/reeniestyle Irene Kim

    i fell in love with loans spirit the first time i met her…i saw her dancing and thought, God i HAVE to know this girl.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nycdancer Loan Tran

    Aww thank you so much!

    @N’DAZEBA I’m sure you know that, because you are the same way! :D <3

    @Irene Indeed, the spirit is the most important part of being human, because it makes us feel intangible, of a different form.

    @Dustin, I can't wait until we shoot together!

    @Malcolm, thanks for always having my back and understanding! <3

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8829466 Samantha Lind

    I love her outlook on life, and who are the people beating her down?! Shame on them!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandonactonbond Brandon Acton-Bond

    I really want Loan to give me a class on staying positive, all of those lovely little posters on her walls keep herself centred and help her remember who she really is amongst the shit storm that NYC can sometimes be. Dear Ms Tran please teach us?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10205987 Marissa Kenneke

    Go where you’re celebrated, not where you’re tolerated. I love that. Loan’s positivity is inspiring, so true Brandon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nycdancer Loan Tran

    @Samantha and @Marissa – Thanks! :D That means a lot to me-I just hope to be inspired and inspire.

    @Brandon yes, if you’d like, and anyone else. We can learn from one another how to get through the shit storms in NYC! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=622238665 Ashley Greene

    I inspire to feel as free as Loan, such an amazing individual with such a positive outlook on life!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=14302420 Alley O’Shea

    Dancing in the Streets, I love it!