Committing to the one’s work is a scary thing no doubt. As a DC dancer, I feel a sense of duty to spread joy through art. Whether en route to teach, take class, or rehearse my aim is to communicate the importance of dance as vehicle for expression while appreciating and giving rise to diverse perspectives. An Anti-racism workshop organized by DanceMetroDC partnered with Alternate Roots opened a crucial window for me to see the synchronous role of non-profit arts administrators, free lance dance educators like myself, and educational and corporate institutions. We must utilize our trained and untrained voices to create art that cuts to the heart of the matter to help each other understand what’s going on and see from a different lens.
Sylvana Christopher. Photo by Seanie Blue.