Keep Calm with this throwback piece choreographed by me and Qadry Manns at Spelman College.
The first time I have shared my words, my voice, and my improv. Filmed by and Directed by Jazelle Foster.
For a long time I was insecure with my voice. I didn’t have a problem speaking publicly or performing but I would always cringe watching the playback. Talking to other artist I realize this might be a feeling that doesn’t go away. Maybe it is that raw venerable place we go to when we create something from nothing. I was listening to one of my favorite podcast “Small Doses” with Amanda Seales, the episode was titled “Side Effect of Being an Artist” in the podcast she talks about how being an artist is like giving birth. Art is life. When you produce something from nothing and that something goes out in the world to be seen and heard and start conversations and inspire other artwork. And that is scary.
But there is nothing to it but to do it. A lot of fear stems from judgement of others and also wanting to be accepted and liked. I want respect. Respect for just having the nerve and courage to do things that not everyone can do. The squirm in my stomach my never go away, but it is not going to stop me or make me delete.
I just want to take the day to thank all the followers of Dancing in Dark Skin who still come and check out this page and what we have to offer.
Please enjoy this throw back video from my New York dancer grind days choreographed by Marc Kimelman.
I do not own the rights to this music.
I have thought long and hard about different topics to write about on this website. So here is some word vomit on my initial thoughts on race and dance at 12 am.
Dance is a visual apparatus first but then from dance we can be taken on different avenues such as music, theatrics and politics. This website was started based on my race, black, and one of my passions, dance, and how those two interact with each other almost constantly. Actually not almost, always. Being a professional dancer you will not only get hired based on skill but also physical appearance. So for the black dancer there is no avoiding, there is confronting and accepting as a part of identity. For some black dancers who have been raised in the white studio system from birth this thought might not cross there mind on a consistent basis based on the environment they were raised up in, but for other black dancers the sight of white dancers filling an audition hall might make them turn around or re-think their place.
I want this website and platform to be a haven and if you are the dancer who felt like they didn’t belong, I am living proof and all of your favorite professional dancers are living proof that you belong in all the rooms.
Go into those rooms with your heads held high, we got your back!
This website has been up since 2014. There were not post in the year 2018. I have been dancing on a cruise ship leaving access to the site and access to dance culture very slim to non existent. This year I am just going to write, do my best in editing and get content out. Whether it be a thought, a phrase, a sentence, something off topic but still related, I am going to do my best to give it do you. I am going to share some of my favorite videos and photos and I hope that you all will get your dancing in dark skin fix for the day. So after over a year and a half of silence, this site is now going to actually be live with content. Feel free to look back at previous post as well and take a look at our youtube page and do some reminiscing because we are coming back.
Thanks for staying with us,