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 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

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

Revue: With Ballet in My Soul: Adventures of a Globetrotting Impresario by Eva Maze

Yes, I spelled revue like that on purpose, it’s a stylistic choice. I recently had the pleasure of being asked to review Eva Maze’s memoir With Ballet in My Soul: Adventures of a Globetrotting Impresario. The book is written by Maze and starts with her early days in Bucharest, Romania, during which she survived a bout with scarlet fever, a disease that would end her … Continue reading Revue: With Ballet in My Soul: Adventures of a Globetrotting Impresario by Eva Maze

Dance World News [August 17, 2017] – Yes, really

It’s been a long time, shouldn’t have left you, with out some dance news to step to…. I’ve been spending the past few months figuring out this professional dancer with a job thing. But now I’m back and focused and ready to bring you some dance world news! Where in the World is Carmen de Lavallade? Not at the White House. – Dance legend Carmen … Continue reading Dance World News [August 17, 2017] – Yes, really

[SPONSORED] My Date with the Stickeebra

This is a sponsored blog post, from time to time as opportunities arise I will do those. You, my lovely readers, are free to ignore these posts. NOTE: I will NEVER sponsor or post about something I haven’t tried first. I recently tried a new bra called the Stickeebra and I wanted to share my experiences with it. Stickeebra, as the name suggests, adheres to … Continue reading [SPONSORED] My Date with the Stickeebra

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