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 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 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

‘DanceTopia: The Podcast’ – Ep. 1 ‘On Fouettes and New Beginnings’- Show Notes

I’m thrilled to announce my latest project: DanceTopia: The Podcast! This is my new bi-monthly podcast where I’ll share news, musings, rants and ramblings about my favorite topic, and yours –dance. The show notes section is my place to brain dump anything I may have missed or need to clarify from the show and to provide additional context or information about anything that was said during … Continue reading ‘DanceTopia: The Podcast’ – Ep. 1 ‘On Fouettes and New Beginnings’- Show Notes

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

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 dance and dancers were being placed at the forefront of … Continue reading Terpsichorean Heroes: FKA Twigs

Dance World News (Dec. 14)

Throw on your leg warmers and sweat off shorts as we get ready to dance through this week’s dance world news! Jacob’s Pillow announces its 2017 lineup. Pillow vets like Michelle Dorrance and the Paul Taylor Dance Company will be in attendance. Some new features will include Roy Assaf Dance, which will make its U.S. debut at the Doris Duke theater.  Click here to see … Continue reading Dance World News (Dec. 14)