In my jazz funk class my teacher advised us to take more technique dance classes but then to also go out and go to the club. Both or vital to find your personal groove. This explains a lot with my personal technique and grooving. I haven’t been to a party in a minute, and it just hit me that, that is where my own personal style and experimentation comes into play. How you decide to groove with the rhythms of each song on the DJ’s playlist, how you transition, how you feed off of the movement of everyone else in the room. It is a science and practice in having fun when it comes to dancing, twerking, jujuing on the beat. The work never stops and the work turns into play. I’m not being judged at a party for my technical abilities in dancing, I’m being looked at for how I groove with my on flavor that stands out from all the others. And I have to take all that with me back into the studio to make my art more real, more juicy, more me and more fun!
Keith Asberry was born in Chesapeake, Virginia. His artistic development began as a classically trained percussionist and singer within his church. Through such development he has garnered a love and appreciation for performance that has translated into a burning passion for dance. His dance training began in 2014 at Spelman College. While there he has studied under Tracy Lang, Meredith Moore, Emily Cargill, and Deborah Hughes alongside performing works by Blake Beckham, Eli J, and his own choreographed pieces. Through a partnership with the Dunham Institute and the Morehouse College Honors Program, he was connected to Jai Jones of AREA, Atlanta’s Resource for Entertainment and Arts, where he now trains. He has been privileged to study under Robert and Jennifer Mason, LaMia Dingle, Gabby Gambino, Jai Jones, Roscoe Sales and master instructors such as Ed Brown, Walter Rutledge, and Veronica Johnson. He aspires to continue his dance training and one day receive his MFA in dance to accent his career as a performer and choreographer. Intrigued by the transformative powers of dance, he seeks to touch the souls of the world through performance with his own self-identifying principles of strength, resilience, compassion, and love.