BEDS 18: Thoughts on an “off” day

This post was actually tabled over a year ago but since I’m behind and need to find a way to make up the days, I finished it and it’s going to be my BEDS post for today. Enjoy!   Today was not a good class day…   I did what I normally do. I got…

BEDS Day 10: Brief thoughts on dancing while natural

As I write this, I’m sitting in my bed, bantu knotting my hair. Typing out this blog is my way of giving my arms and wrists a break. A lot has been written about natural hair in the professional dance world, from the three Alvin Ailey dancers who shared their natural hair routines with Essence…

BEDS Day 9: Starting over yet again

Yesterday marked my first day at a new teaching gig for a performing arts program for children. It’s the first time in over a year that I’ve taught kids and even though the first day went pretty much without incident, I’m still nervous. As I mentioned in my “What I’ve Been Up To” blog post…

BEDS Day 8: quick blogs

Hi everyone– I’ve been planning to do BEDS (Blog Every Day of September) this month. Traveling and getting back into the swing of things at work placed me behind, so to make up for my delay I wanted to do 8 quick “blog-lets” to get me caught up. These will be mainly updates/commentary on my…

Thoughts After My First Heels Class

So if you pay any attention to my Instagram (@dancetopiablog, follow me!), you know that Tuesday night, I finally endeavored to take my first heels class. Here’s some video evidence: View this post on Instagram Yes that’s me attempting to get my life in my first heels class! Click the #linkinbio to listen to my…

Changing Ballet’s Perception Means Embracing Black Bodies

It’s 2017,  y’all, come on. But since people still haven’t stopped telling Black women about their bodies and how right they are for dance…It gave me material for another Clyde Fitch Report article. Click here to read why you shouldn’t tell Black women (or anyone really) that they have the “wrong” body for dance.

An Ode to Dance Moms

For living in your cars amidst the smell of old dance shoes; For living room rehearsal sessions, going over movement cues; For tuition, for costumes, for fees you didn’t disclose; For venting about the life of a dancer and all of its many woes; You’ve been my cheering section, my toughest critic, too; And I…

Terpsichorean Heroes: FKA Twigs

I’ve been completely obsessed with FKA twigs’ Nike ad campaign since it came out in January (you can read a story I wrote about it for TheCelebrityCafe.com here).  It’s truly one of the most gorgeous commercials, concept videos, visual pieces of art I have seen in a long time and I was so excited that…

NEW! Terpsichorean Heroes

Mariah Carey’s career might be on life support but her dancers should have given you so much life!

New Year’s Eve  Reflections and Resolutions 

New Year’s Eve is tomorrow and I’m currently on vacation so I probably will be too busy celebrating to make this post tomorrow.  I’m currently in a hotel with limited access to internet so I’ll be making this post from my phone…I’ll try to make as few spelling errors as possible but in the event…