Where do I even start. If you told me this is where I’d be in life right now, even 3 years ago I probably wouldn’t believe you. A long time ago in Pennsylvania I sat in my basement as a little kid and watched dance. The east coast freestyle scenes and the west coast choreo scene. If you’re reading this, choreographers, leaders in the choreo scene at that time, Legends, Icons, Pioneers of different freestyle scenes, so many of you inspired me through those times and helped me become the dancer I am today. You helped me realize these scenes are buildable and something to uphold, to live by and to cherish. •
I didn’t grow up in a place or culture that was dance centric. It was a taboo to be a hip hop dancer. I had to learn how to accept the way I moved, the way I articulated myself through dance. It was God’s gift to me and so I stewarded it with all I had. Years later I attended a school that changed my life and I choreographed for a large crew there for the entirety of my undergraduate career. I still remember the day in 2011 when @jaleesia_07 sat us down for the first meeting to talk to us about the group. My life was forever changed after that. A legacy was more than just born, but welded into the history of the dance scene. •
Now, I have accepted my second dance job while moving back to Lakeland after living in Orlando. I also have the privilege of being a small part of the university that changed my life. Friends, thank you to those who still ride with me, who still after all these years believe in the dreams that God has for our lives. You know exactly who you are. Cheering each other on no matter what our circumstances. I just want to post this to show everyone that even through the darkest parts of your life, betrayal, sadness, abandonment, loneliness, ignorance, confusion, brokenness; God will pull you through. It took 3 years of pain and heartache to arrive here, but I was always full because I know the God that goes before me. What I know is that He will put you back together in the most delicate and perfect of ways, no matter how deep or endured your hurt is. I am a living testimony of that.