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.