My neice Maddie’s most recent performance from a national competition entry. My family’s business, Caruthers’ Creative Center Dance Studio in Missouri, is one of the few African American owned businesses in the area that has stood the test of time. Congrats Maddie on your double platinum as well as the Competitive & Photogenic Award and 11th overall out of 80 dancers! Tough competition!
This multitalented teen was also nominated for All American in Cheer leading and made varsity squad as well as the competition team as an incoming freshman. In addition, she excels at tumbling. She has won numerous state band awards as well and is currently the only female trombone player. She has recently had a dance gig with Kaufman Center and to top it off, she does all of this while maintaining a 4.0 G.P.A along with winning many academic accolades, including the President’s Academic Award. She is an inspiration to those around her and a great influence on teens internationally. Great job Maddie and keep it going!
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Josephine Baker 1906-1975, Missouri native, known world-wide for her flamboyancy and larger than life personality, famous mainly for her work mainly in Paris
Alvin Ailey 1931-1989 Founded the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, New York City, Activist, Choreographer (Photo credit: Evaf-Maze)
Katherine Dunham 1909-2006, American dancer, choreographer, author, educator and social activist. Directed her own dance company for many years.
Janet Collins 1917-2003, Metropolitan Opera Prima Ballerina 1951-54, Choreographer, studied Hebrew music with composer Ernest Bloch, dance student of greats such as Katherine Dunham, Doris Humphrey & Lester Horton
Fayard Nicholas 1914-2006 and Harold Nicholas 1921-2000 Better known as the Nicholas Brothers. Wowed people with their “flash dancing” and highly energetic tap dance productions, said to be the greatest tap dancers of their day, famous for “Jumpin’ Jive (with the Cab Calloway Orchestra) and the film Stormy Weather
Tap, Tip of the Toes or Trailblazer, these artists were extraordinary people on and off stage. Most of them were civil rights activists and teachers as well as dancers and choreographers. Some even starred in major film productions.
This is a tribute to those paving the way in dance back in the day. They opened doors, literally, and broke down barriers to earning a living for African Americans in this form of entertainment so that those like me can benefit from having so many possibilities today. So, here are my top 5/6 greats that have influenced me and that have made dance such a fascinating art form to teach and study. Did any of these make your top 5? Click the gallery pictures to read about these iconic artists and leave a comment to let me know.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
I have often thought how much strength it takes to dance so beautifully with such grace. It is grueling to submit your body to what is required in order to bring the beauty to this art form. Excited to be embarking on a wonderful journey, teaching not just dance, but also about not giving up even though sometimes life gets hard. Anything worth having takes work and commitment.
Thank you my beautiful ballerinas in the making for your inspiration and enthusiasm. What a blessing you all are!
The saying is so true, “Children are our future”. Our son, Michael is featured on my blog as a guest artist and is branching out on a new business venture. He is a very talented artist and specializes in sketches and logos such as the one featured here on tapin2life and my performing group, Beloved One as seen below.
Please visit his Fundrazr Campaign page by clicking this link. Bene ha Nativ T-shirt Fund raiser
Donations go toward a T-shirt making machine and Michael is donating 10% to his neighborhood for community development. For donations of $30 or more, you will receive a Bene ha Nativ T-shirt designed by Michael as seen below. Our family appreciates any support you can give!
My Featured Guest Artist is a personal friend and family member who I am a huge fan of and I am so excited to finally have her featured on tapin2life!!!
Born in Phoenix,Arizona, Nikia started imitating legendary artists such as Jackie Wilson, Stevie Wonder and Prince. She discovered her own voice as a teenager and began writing songs and singing in her closet ever since. A high school friend of her’s encouraged her to break out of her shyness and sing for the world to hear. She has been singing ever since.
She has always had a strong desire to find The Creator of the Heavens, the earth, the sea and all that is in them. Her journey caused her to totally dedicate her gift to The Most High. Along the way she has met some amazing musicians and artists that have shaped her into the amazing artist that she is today. She prays that her music will inspire and heal the Nations! She currently, and prayerfully forever, will reside in Israel. “Being in such a historic and spiritual Land has only increased my focus and my goal to create music that will aid in changing the spirit of the world,” remarks Nikia. Since her arrival in Israel, she has been featured in commercials, music videos and on a major television show, “Kochav Nolad” Israel. She also enjoys photography and producing other artists.
To hear this amazing artist’s collaboration with other talented artists, please support her by visiting the soundcloud site below and watching this heartfelt video of the struggle of African Americans in the US and Nikia’s passionate interpretation:
Let My People Go featuring Nikia and other talented artists
Sharing stories of truth through Poetry, Song and Dance
with the use of artistic expressions through voice, movement and words
(Logo: by talented artist Mykael Terry)
Beloved One is a newly formed group featuring Akilah Mosley, Nikia Browne and yours truly, Monica Terry. We recently performed our trio act of Poetry, Song and Dance for The Association of Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) which was hosted by the daughters of Adinah Dorfman (Elana & Aviva Dorfman). The subject was Freedom of Speech in honor of their mother, held in Jerusalem, Israel on December 21, 2016.
We would be happy to perform for your special occasion as well. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our site at http://belovedone.wixsite.com/beloved1
(Photo: Left Monica Terry- dancer & choreographer, blogger; Center Nikia Browne- singer, composer & music producer; Right Akilah Mosley- poet & playwright)
Who says you can not have brains and beauty? Saquana Royston is a Junior at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy. While inspiring other students to strive to be their best and reach their full potential, she is also breaking new ground herself in dance. Her latest accomplishments in the dance world include a Double Platinum Award (first competitive high score) and a Second Overall Award in Stage One Dance Competition. Saquana also is a member of the National Honor Society and the KEY Club. The KEY Club is an organization led by students whose goal is to encourage leadership through helping others. Also, she is a dance student at Caruthers Creative Center Dance Studio, a phenomenal long-running black owned business in Kansas City. Saquana inspires to be an obstetrician, and I have no doubt that with her steadfastness in her studies and her leadership qualities that she will become a great doctor.
As many of you may know, there has been an enormous amount of injustice done and still being done to African Americans in the U.S. on many levels; just to name one, the criminal justice system. As an African descendant that was born in America, the injustices that I see on a daily basis hurt me very deeply. What hurts even more is the inability of others to be able to have any empathy whatsoever. The following are words of reflection from this talented poet, writer and activist for justice regarding the game in which quarterback football player, Colin Kaepernick, for the San Francisco 49ers refused to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he sees as wrongdoings against African Americans in the U.S. Many citizens of the U.S. are beginning to understand that the mistreatment of African Americans boils down to a matter of not civil rights, but human rights. Bryan uses his poetic skills in a creative way in this poem to demonstrate just this point.
Rebellion of the Gridiron Gladiators