Reflections: Jordan Peele Uses Ballet to Examine Duality and Blackness in ‘Us’

  After repeated side-eyes from my mother and incredulous reactions from friends, I finally made it to the theater to see Us, Jordan Peele’s latest thriller. The dancer and budding culture critic in me are both glad I did.   Us is the kind of work where every bit of imagery carries weight. At the same time, every viewer has permission to draw their own … Continue reading Reflections: Jordan Peele Uses Ballet to Examine Duality and Blackness in ‘Us’

Black Dance History: A Contemplation and a Celebration

Today is February 3, which means we’re three days into Black History Month. While I’ve considered or attempted doing something for BHM every year since I started this blog, I often overpromise and under deliver either because I run out of time, or don’t have the energy. But more and more I’m realizing that there is a need for me to celebrate my Blackness not … Continue reading Black Dance History: A Contemplation and a Celebration

BEDS Day 19: DanceTopia the Podcast Ep 5: On Memories Show Notes

First, a slight addition – In case it wasn’t apparent, Gabri Christa is biracial – her mother is a white woman from the Netherlands and her father, as mentioned in the story, is a Black, Jewish, Chinese man. Here’s a video preview for Magdalena: If you’re in the New York City area, you can purchase tickets here. Continue reading BEDS Day 19: DanceTopia the Podcast Ep 5: On Memories Show Notes

DanceTopia: The Podcast Episodes 2 and 3 Show Notes

  Episode 2:  Not much to say about the second episode – other than I love my mom! Episode 3: I know my Spanish isn’t great but that’s what Duolingo and 14 years of Spanish from 2nd grade through college are for. In the same vein, I pronounced claqué wrong. The accent should be on the -qué sound (clah – KAY). In case you still … Continue reading DanceTopia: The Podcast Episodes 2 and 3 Show Notes

“This is America:” Movement, Joy, Suffering and Distractions

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while but you know me—when I’m at a loss for words, sometimes writing is difficult. To date, I’ve seen Donald Glover AKA Childish Gambino’s video for “This is America” three times. Before writing this blog I’d initially planned to watch it a fourth time but it’s so difficult for me to get through and I don’t … Continue reading “This is America:” Movement, Joy, Suffering and Distractions

Dance World News (March 16, 2017)

Girl Power…The Cincinnatti Ballet is making strides towards gender parity by commissioning work from over 50 percent female choreographers for the Cincinnatti Ballet’s 2017-2018 season. Eight of the 15 choreographers are female and five (Kate Weare, Penny Saunders, Jennifer Archibald, Johanna Bernstein Wilt and Heather Britt), are debuting new works. Read more here. Who will get their Dance Chance? You have until Sunday to decide who … Continue reading Dance World News (March 16, 2017)

Terpsichorean Heroes: Isabella Boylston Gives the Gift of Ballet to Her Home State

ABT principal Isabella Boylston is giving the gift of dance back to her hometown of Sun Valley, Idaho. The 30-year-old ballerina is organizing the inaugural Ballet Sun Valley. The three-day festival will take place at the Sun Valley Pavilion and feature performances from the New York City Ballet, Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and the Mariinsky Ballet. “This feels like a very personal project,” Boylston … Continue reading Terpsichorean Heroes: Isabella Boylston Gives the Gift of Ballet to Her Home State