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

‘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

Video of the Week: Andrew Winghart’s ‘Cry Me A River’ dance video

If only I could depict heartbreak in such a compelling, organized way. This video has been making its rounds on the internet this week. Dancer Andrew Winghart, who has also choreographed works to songs by Kanye West and Lorde, created this latest offering to Justin Timberlake’s 2002 song “Cry Me a River.” The video features So You Think You Can Dance finalist George Lawrence II as … Continue reading Video of the Week: Andrew Winghart’s ‘Cry Me A River’ dance video

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 that there are some, I apologize in advance. In less … Continue reading New Year’s Eve  Reflections and Resolutions 

A Gig by Any Other Name: Thoughts on the Rockettes Inauguration Controversy

I’m sure most dancers (and people in general) have heard this story in some form. On Dec. 23 BroadwayWorld.com released an email from the American Guild of Variety Artists saying that the Radio City Rockettes were obligated to sign up to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20. “I must remind you that you are all employees, and as a company, Mr. Dolan obviously … Continue reading A Gig by Any Other Name: Thoughts on the Rockettes Inauguration Controversy