Dancing in Tongues began as an independent thesis in 2015 after conversations with scholars, artists, and theologians about female figures in the bible, improvisational performance, and living the theories of written scholarship. The research strove to understand Eve, Mother Mary, and Mary Magdalene through the Black Gospel Tradition, American Jazz Dance and Musical History, and Dance Pedagogy.
At 22, I am still deeply moved by these topics and how I can introduce these ideas as both a writer and student. In 2017, I presented a dance workshop at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill during the biennial Caribbean Festival of the Arts on Mary Magdalene and the False Pretense of Female Sexual Deviance. In 2017. That year, I was a partner for the 1st annual South Central Dance Festival for the Los Angeles Unified School District, supporting the event with a performance and a workshop on Caribbean Liturgical Dance.
My dance training began at magnet schools in South Florida, where I majored in dance from age 12 to 16, was a member of the National Dance Honor Society, and trained at various local dance studios on scholarship. I received support from the American Dance Guild to train with the Urban Bush Women NY-based company, and the Professional Development award from the School at Jacob's Pillow. Most recently, I spent a week in Manhattan training with the amazing Bill T Jones dance company.
Therefore in September 2018, I am beginning a blog journey to devote time and energy to these ideas and their presentation within my life.
I enjoy bible studies with friends, dancing to afrobeats, and working in my family business.