- Watch your favorite dance videos on youtube. Old So You Think You Can Dance videos are my fav for a quick pick me up.
- Look at your favorite dance pictures that make you think #dancegoals.
- Do something other than dance class but is still movement based like yoga, zumba, pilates, etc.
- See what your dance idols are doing on social media. My favorites on Instagram are: @dancingindarkskin @mistyonpointe @tlangdance @therealdebbieallen @alvinailey @dancetheatreofharlem
- Write down your goals in life and why you dance.
My Idol Dianne McIntyre performed a modern dance solo entitled “Equality” at The Inauguration of Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D. Tenth President, Spelman College. Arts Celebration at Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Saturday, April 9.
As soon as she danced on the stage I was in tears at the way this older women moved her body so gracefully and effortlessly. Accompanied by the Spelman College Glee Club, Dianne McIntyre stole the show, this legend, this light, that is this black women. She incorporated her black Queendom in many poses she hit that showed regality and confidence.
Ms. McIntyre was telling a story with each step with each blink of her eye. Everything meant something. Her arms flowed like water in a stream, extending all the way to the balcony. As the piece grew, so did the movement and Dianne McIntyre was jumping and spinning all over the stage, no one could keep up with her if they tried. She is truly in her own category and owning it and everybody in the theatre respected that.
At the very end of the piece Urban Bush Women came out to join Dianne McIntyre, including their creator Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and they were all dancing, stepping and stomping in celebration to the negro spiritual drumming and singing of an original song by Dr. Kevin Johnson.
This made me so proud and full of jubilation to know that I am a student of Spelman College, I am a Dancer and I am a Black Women.
Every time I see Urban Bush Women dance I cry. This company truly moves me to my core. This is a company where I see myself represented and my ancestors represented and all of our struggles and triumphs as black women being shown on stage.
The foot work was incredible, tap dancing without taps reveals the power in a stomp. TALENT was pouring out of this company, no one was half doing anything, everything was genuine, everything held the spirit inside. I felt like the dancers invited me in to their personal dance space where they pour everything they have into the dance.
Of course there is a Spelman Alum in the company and she killed it. She performed a solo/monologue/sermon of the body and tongues. I was in aww and inspired by her vocal riffs, scats, and breakdowns. She was working for us and I appreciate it with everything in me.
When I see them perform I feel like I am exactly where I am supposed to be and that I’ve made the right choice in choosing dance as my profession. Storytelling with this body and voice God has blessed me with and inspiring others to do the same, or at least find their calling so they feel as full as I do.
Go see Urban Bush Women as soon as you possible can, if not for me, than for your own health and well being.