Continuing to Break Barriers and Changing the Narrative of Diversity & Inclusion in Dance
SILVER SPRING, MD, May 31, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — Neema Dance Collective continues to break barriers and foster diversity and inclusion with their spring 2022 dance concert, Melanin. As with many industries, there is a lack of representation in the dance world. Neema Dance Collective provides a solution to this by ensuring diversity and inclusivity in their dance studios and performances.
Melanin aims to highlight Black excellence and representation in dance. This concert is about the performers feeling comfortable in their own skin – in dance and in the world. The performance consists of two showings, with the second featuring a father and daughter dance routine, an awards ceremony, and a surprise musical performance. As a dancer and instructor, owner Grace Johnson-Wright knows firsthand the importance of diversity in dance and how it impacts young performers.
“As a young dancer, I was always amazed and inspired by people who looked like me in this industry. It’s not very diverse and I oftentimes was the only (or one of few) Black performers in programs. People also assume that people of color can only perform hip-hop and jazz. But we are also classically trained in ballet and other forms of dance. This is why I created Neema Dance Collective and why we host our annual showcases. It’s important for me to create a space where my dancers can be themselves and to also show that we can host large-scale performances.” Stated Grace Johnson-Wright.
Tickets are currently on sale for both shows. For more information on Neema Dance Collective and to purchase tickets to Melanin, visit www.neemadancecollective.com. For media inquiries, please email Jay Simms at [email protected].
About Neema Dance Collective
Neema Dance Collective (NDC) is a performance-based dance studio and company composed of local dance students, professional, and pre-professional dancers who study and perform a variety of dance styles.
NDC Dynasty Jr. Dance Company and NDC Company are dedicated to performing compelling dance pieces to various audiences, displaying and enhancing each member’s technique and performance quality, and preparing the local and ever growing pre-professional population of dancers through graceful movement and aesthetic choreography.
NDC believes in a communal effort to uplift, inspire, and mold the complete dancer, in order to assist them in mastering multiple styles of dance in the professional realm.
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