It has been a while and I am not going to try and post or do something that I don’t organically feel. On March 13,2020 I lost my job dancing in a show in upstate New York. I moved back to my hometown shortly after and took up many hobbies, I even attempted to do self tape auditions. It was a mess. If you were to tell me in 2013 when I entered college undecided that the theatre industry was going to go virtual I don’t think I would have made the same choice. It feels like two completely different jobs for me. I love waking up early, stretching picking out audition clothes, traveling to rehearsal studios, seeing familiar faces meeting new people, sharing experiences in this industry. I love handing in my headshot, getting a number, going in the studio, learning a combo with a group of people, the excited energy I would get waiting for my group to be called, and just giving it everything I got in front of casting directors and choreographers, watching them watch me, sharing in the joy of doing what we have chosen to do despite all odds.
Needless to say, things have changed, the industry has changed, it has led me to face a question that I heard a lot in the studio. “If you are a dancer, you should dance all the time, eat, breath, and sleep dance, dance wherever you can, however you can so that you can be the best dancer you can be.” I may have called myself a dancer but really the part I loved was performing through dance. I am a performer. Now performance as I once knew it is closed. Now what?
And that leads me to the art of the pivot. My mom would often throw around the phrase, “jack of all trades master of none.” Yeah that quote never stuck for me because I could never choose. Opportunities presented themselves for a path in the theatre and I seized those opportunities. Now I feel like I am being called in another direction that feels just as organic as following those opportunities in the theatre. Politics and Writing.
“But Ciara, this is Dancing in Dark Skin” and I feel like that title, that name, this brand still defines me. I love watching my friends take class and create dance videos, while practicing social distancing, but I am not there yet. Where I am, is trying to learn as much as I can and encourage people to do the work so we can all get back to doing what we love to do, how we love to do it.
So now I am dancing in dark skin to the polls and encouraging and educating all that may come across any media platform of mine to do the same.
I have been reading, writing, questioning, talking to family members and peers, making youtube videos about politics today and how it effects me as a dancer in dark skin. I am unlocking truths and uncovering the lies of the world with every book I open and article I read. I am seeing that humanity is not perfect or easy to digest when watching the news.
I take pride in being multifaceted and multidimensional. So if your on this page wanting to see some dance you are going to have to do some scrolling. But I hope that you come on this new journey with me and do some reading as well, and ask your self some hard questions. Follow this blog via email to stay up-to-date with new political think pieces that I write.
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Please make a plan to vote and get as much information as you can tolerate about what is going on in the world. Fact check. No one knows it all and no one knows nothing. No more excuses.
Thanks for reading.