Letter to my 15-year-old-dancer self

Dear 15-year-old Jorie First of all, it’s me or rather you from 10 years in the future. As I write this it’s 11:08 Chicago time, which means it’s just after midnight in Miami (not factoring in any futuristic travel time changes) so you’ve probably finally drifted off to sleep after coming home from dance (hip hop tonight, right?) eating dinner and finishing your homework. Algebra … Continue reading Letter to my 15-year-old-dancer self

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 up. Got dressed and went to 1 p.m. ballet class. … Continue reading BEDS 18: Thoughts on an “off” day

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 in February, to the viral images of dancers rocking their … Continue reading BEDS Day 10: Brief thoughts on dancing while natural

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 a couple months back, teaching children has never been my … Continue reading BEDS Day 9: Starting over yet again

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 dance life so, let’s get started. Day 1: Gigs Ever … Continue reading BEDS Day 8: quick blogs

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: And now for some main takeaways from my first time twirling in heels:   Muscle Memory is REAL And Getting the Steps Wasn’t that Hard I have danced in heels a couple of time before. … Continue reading Thoughts After My First Heels Class

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. Continue reading Changing Ballet’s Perception Means Embracing Black Bodies