Updated: Aug 21
The tragic murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Elijah Mcclain, and countless other Black American lives have confirmed the systemic racism that America is built upon.
Through this collective education on ingrained racism within society, I have been able to see the effects of the broken system appearing on Dance Break. Having built the foundations of the platform from my personal dance connections, the platform was inherently reflective of my collegiate dance program which was centered around European dance genres and history. A school whose student body’s diversity drastically differed from the actual diversity represented in America. I saw that in order to be truly inclusive, I needed to actively seek out opportunities to implement diversity.
As a small and newly-founded business owner, I have the opportunity to massively shift the foundations and mindset of Dance Break to work towards an anti-racist and actively inclusive platform.
I have so much to learn and unlearn regarding my internalized biases and want to ensure that Dance Break is a safe place for all. I will continue seeking opportunities to listen to the stories and needs of my fellow People of Color and will continue to educate myself in order to help Dance Break grow with proper standards, training, and feedback programs to ensure all voices are heard and validated. Giving back remains an important part of our mission and we will continue to embed scholarship, work-study, and donation programs into our company.
I welcome any discussion or feedback regarding the Dance Break platform, especially in areas that we are lacking, as there is much to learn and grow. Dance Break commits to listening, lifting up our BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, and doing the work to bring justice to all.
The Dance Break Team