the possibility of the dance

it is becoming ever clearer to me that the universe does not make mistakes. she is kind, full, intentional, and available. she is all that we are.

in college as a young dancer i found myself grateful for every moment in a rehearsal or class. for the rediscovery that dancing felt like water or walking.
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it is becoming ever clearer to me that the universe does not make mistakes.  she is kind, full, intentional, and available.  she is all that we are.

in college as a young dancer i found myself grateful for every moment in a rehearsal or class.  for the rediscovery that dancing felt like water or walking.  like the expansion of air. something that is.  i also hadn’t acknowledged that in a dance program as a young person of color who hadn’t extensively trained in western traditions, i felt isolated, unapproved, and that my dance – while maybe a calling, and something i was “good” at – would be limited to a hobby.  i had internalized that although i was seriously studying forms from around the world, and developing serious proficiency, “serious” dance looked a certain way, located in a certain place.  and i had little interest in looking that kind of “serious”. i was at a crossroads.

and then i saw Arthur Aviles dance.

and realized…

“dance can look like that?”

eyes wide opened, i understood that dance could speak.  not merely through the voice of the mover, the body itself could communicate stories uniquely plentiful, emotional, visceral.  it was a moment that i understood that “serious” dance resides in the body of the mover.  and i was ready to be that kind of “serious”.

years later, now a South Bronx resident, with a creative career of dedicated inquiry and art making, i’ve been offered a residency at a historic performance organization, founded by none other than Arthur Aviles and Charles Rice-Gonzalez.  and my artistic advisor on the project……Aviles himself.

i am grateful to him that he showed up in the power of his gift and offering such that others could be blessed to discover theirs.  and for his dedication to a continued career of making and communicating from that place.  seriously.

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What a perfect opportunity, and great way to continue your amazing work. Congrats, Ni’Ja!!

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