Malcolm Gladwell says, “It takes 10,000 hours of intensive practice to achieve mastery of complex skills and materials.” What if, after all of that effort, the thing that you worked so hard for/on was taken away from you? What are you left with? Who are you without the activity, the ability, the gift you invested so deeply to develop. These questions are ones that have challenged me— and dancers I know— when we experience loss. My mind turmoils over understanding my body’s present state in relation to what it was and what I desire it to be. This blog post holds a story about how I first confronted these questions, and how they shaped me to be a friend for another dancing soul.
Tag: hiphop dance
“Negus” Dance Film
Negus- noun: Kingship, royalty. Inspired by the works of artists such as Kendrick Lamar and Kehinde Wiley, I wanted to explore different levels of identity and representation of the black male in the United States. "Negus" is a Hip-hop work that asks African-American males, where do we come from, who are we now, what values [...]
When Will the Ghetto’s Creation “Infest” the “Pristine” Fabric of the Institution?
I want to tell y’all a story 'cuz Hip-hop showed me something… I remember witnessing 20-plus students in my classroom allow fear and insecurity to inhibit them from comforting and helping a couple of vulnerable students. See, I had given the class a task: Create a circle One person at a time: go into [...]
Commercial Hiphop Dance as the New Face of Reverse Minstrelsy?
This post is pretty long, so if you're more in for a shorter read, start at the asterisks below. Yoooo…I’m headed into my last year as a graduate student at Ohio State! I am pumped, but the idea of delving into the professional world after years of anticipation is tripping me up. As the time [...]
Get Groovy Reflection: Is Teaching More About My Subject Or My Student?
A little more than a week ago, I completed one of the most ambitious goals I’ve ever set for myself—the production of an online dance course. This course is a culmination of the saturated learning experiences during my short time as a teacher. Releasing the Get Groovy course got me thinking about the journey that [...]
Latch (Remix) – Sam Smith (DJ Taj)
The Technical Dancer: Perception of Beauty through the World of Dance
After a few years of teaching Hiphop dance, I've come to realize how complex the form is. I constantly push myself to find creative ways to break down the fundamentals of Hiphop dance, and I can tell you that transferring the basics to the average student is a difficult thing to do. I've found that there are [...]
Hiphop Lesson #1: Empower Yourself while Encouraging Your Community
"Ain't a way around it no more, I am the greatest A lotta niggas sat on the throne, I am the latest I am the bravest, go toe to toe with the giants I ain't afraid of you niggas, I'll end up fading you niggas... We all kings Kings of ourselves first and foremost While [...]
MFA Project: Episode 1: Pilot
Over the holidays I've been processing about my MFA project that I have to create in order to, for a lack of better words, establish my legitimacy as a graduate student in dance at The Ohio State University and show how artfully intellectual I am which I'm clearly doing by writing this long-behind sentence... I've [...]
Moment of Silent Screams [Video]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI_tJxgPv4g&feature=youtu.be I am in the midst of creating a stage concert work called "From Within. And Back Again" that focuses on conventions in life that help to spark ones soul. Whether it be an overwhelming joy, anger, or sorrow, there are moments in life where our spirits feel as though they want to burst beyond [...]