We are a diverse group of friends. Our backgrounds are different, our home lives are different, our interests are different, and our skin colors are different.
Creativity sparks when emotions are strong: when hurt is the main factor pushing you to move rather than sit still in silence. People have been silent for far too long. We felt it was time to speak out, stand up, move around, and make a difference.
As dancers, our hurt moved us to create. We were looking for a way to honor the many lives lost as a result of racism through our love of the arts. We hope that we were able to convey the anguish felt by all and we hope that this piece invokes conversation about racism. Racism has not ended and conversations about racism should not end either.
Our dance was inspired by the current events of today and the recent death of George Floyd, another African American, whose death could have been prevented. Our nation has been built on and continues to cultivate systemic racism in all areas, including the arts on EVERY LEVEL.
It is our hope that through this piece we can motivate all artists to use their talents to honor and inspire others to continue the movement through the arts. THIS IS A CALL TO ACTION ON EVERY PLATFORM AND THROUGH EVERY AVENUE.
It takes everyone.
United, we can create a better future for all. "
Courtney Draper, Terri Draper, Jayla Aimuanvbosa, Alana Young, Aliya Young, Sara Kausch, Colette Fischer, Abbi Rahm, Taylor Adams
Courtney Draper and Taylor Adams
Music: “Rose Petals” Dee Wilson & Common Hymnal