"Dance is my air. It's all that I know and all that I am. When I'm dancing, I am whole. I know exactly where I'm supposed to be. As humans, we are all meant to love each other, and my art form is my way of spreading that positive energy. It means the world to me that I get to do what I love every day, and the fact that I get to travel the world while doing it is priceless.
I'm always a little nervous before going on stage, mainly because I care so much about the work. I want to present it in the best way that I can. And then I remember why I'm even here in the first place. I'm here to share a piece of who I am with the audience. I have to remember to trust the gift that I have and just be honest.
I had a dance teacher in high school named Linda Denise-Fisher Harrell, a former dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. I had never seen a woman of color dance and move her body the way she did. Her grace and poise were unlike anything I'd ever seen. She was a goddess, and I was immediately intrigued and inspired. She was my first introduction to Ailey." — @bahamaballerina
Refinery29 had the opportunity to sit in on a rehearsal with the talented #AileyII dancers and ask them all of our 💪💃🔥 q's about what inspires them. Swipe right to see some moves you might want to try on your next night out (or to just do in front of your mirror at home). #AcknowledgeIsPower
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