Oh the fear… the fear to put yourself out there as an artist and possibly be rejected… To share my “deeper” self in a group setting is especially scary. I’m more comfortable one-on-one. There’s the fear to perform in a small group in front of dancers who are much better . If the choreo is…
An interview with Safiyah. I enjoy being interviewed and sharing my thoughts, but sometimes, it’s good to turn the tables and get inside someone else’s head for a change. Since I’m all about getting a more cross-generational approach to the arts, I was thrilled when my dance friend Safiyah agreed to share her views. Safiyah is in her…
I believe we are built for motion until our last breathe. If you are younger, you should not feel you ever have to stop and if you are older you should never have to feel you can’t start.
Interview with West Coast dance blog Stance on Dance about coming to urban dance at a later age.
In my quest to dance clean, I clear the clutter from my mind. I focus on one thing and my mind says, “whoah no more room in here, better throw away some things (memories, thoughts, observations) that don’t serve”.
A few minutes into class, it was clear I was way in over my head. My brain was toast. There are times in life where I have been told to sit it out-but never in dance! Dancers don’t think like that. Like me, if they are hungry, they fight.
I was used to being bypassed and feeling invisible. Lo and behold, when it came time to pick a few select students to perform in front of the 200 or so students, he came up to me and held out his hand. I stared at him terrified. “I can’t! ” I whispered. “Yes you can” he said, “No, I’ll mess the choreo up” . “It’s not about that” he replied.
We shared a collective starvation mindset and equated beauty and popularity with thinness. The diet of choice was cigarettes and diet coke mixed with milk.