My mission is to embody silenced human stories and ensure they become part of history.
Imagine a shy and sensitive black woman forced by society to fit into the tough mold of a “strong black woman.” Now, imagine a black man trained to mute his feelings and act as though the feelings never existed. They cry, bleed, and love just as loud, red, and proud as every other human, but due to the nature of an oppressive society those individuals are trapped inside of a rigid unescapable box. I believe their feelings are valid, and their history worth recording.
Often, the use of verbal language can be misconstrued and interpreted in ways that draw away from a person’s true intentions, muddying the connection. But before humans could speak, we could communicate. There was something truly sincere about those ages.
I chose dance as my artistic medium because it is that pure. I express myself through acts of service, not words — choreography is my world language. I love the raw and unfiltered nature of the human body in its purest state, and I access that state through dance. Movement is my emotional service work for mankind.
It all starts with a feeling; either a moment in time or a shocking revelation. I hear the music and then the story unfolds the moment I close my eyes. Movements, colors, phrases, and fabrics all dance around behind my eyelids; then when I am ready, I bring the story to the physical plane.
I create these stories by forcing myself out of my own comfort zone and personal space, then reaching that human layer of emotion inside. I ask myself hard questions: “How does this make you feel? How did this affect you? How will this continue to affect you? What am I going to do about it? What have I learned from this?” It takes deep moments of excavation to reach true creation.
My goal is to get people to connect with themselves and others, and to utilize technology to record both macro and micro history. By teaching, researching, and developing their own cultures and personal narratives, the progressive act of owning, recording, and documenting these cultures is left to thrive.
The world needs my dances so we won’t be scared to share, to be true to ourselves, and to learn from each other.
I idolize the cultural appreciation of Katherine Dunham, the emotional purity of Tessandra Chavez, and the human embrace of Bob Fosse. These are the choreographers that inspire my work.
I am passionate about expression, truth, and history; on a personal and archival level.
Unless you write your own story, someone else will write it for you.
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