A recent Madison Magazine feature, “A day in the life of five Madison creatives,” spotlighted two individuals with ties to the UW–Madison School of Education.

AJ Juarez, who teaches hip hop in the School of Education’s Dance Department and is also the owner of Barrio Dance in Madison, talked about his morning and evening routines, his choreographic process, and how he became a dancer. He also shared his advice for people who want to be creative, and discussed why creativity matters.

“I feel like everybody, all humans, are creative,” Juarez says.

He adds: “Creation has no limit. But sometimes we, as humans, (construct) the limits — and that’s not good. (Thinking), ‘Oh, nobody would do that’ or ‘I should do something like somebody else’ — no, you should do what you imagined, what you’re feeling. Sometimes that’s the best work, because it’s authentic.”

The magazine also spoke with alumnus Will Kiley Santino, an illustrator, writer, comic, and New Yorker cartoonist who earned his MFA from the School of Education’s Art Department in 2018.