“The Compassion and Empathy Necessary to Uplift a Community”: Spelman College Student Jasmine Taylor Newsome Critiques Dance Canvas’ 2022 Performance Showcase

Jasmine Taylor Newsome is a senior Dance Performance & Choreography major at Spelman College. As an artist and creator, she is passionate about using dance as a vehicle to cultivate the mind, body, and soul connection. Within any space, she uses intentionality and compassion to blend wellness and dance to create innovative approaches to life…

f..-.r.-.o—n-.t-i..e.r.-: Meet Dara Capley; 2021-2022 CCDI Choreographer

The relationship between dance and science fiction is extraordinary in Choreographic Career Development Initiative (CCDI) choreographer Dara Capley’s piece. “I have always loved science fiction and fantasy stories and feel that those genres and dance have an incredible amount in common, in that they both use extreme metaphors to explore emotion and connection between individuals.”…

bend to break: Meet Monica Hogan Thysell; 2021-2022 CCDI Choreographer

Meet choreographer, teacher, and dancer Monica Hogan Thysell. After residing in New York City for over a decade, she is now based in Atlanta, Georgia. She made this transition in late 2019, which was the blissful period before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. As global lockdowns began, this period of isolation and solitude inspired…

Meet Jada Nuri: Forming a Livelihood; Fall 2021 Intern

As a young girl, I was enthralled in the playfulness of dance. Feelings of joy and belonging came up for me, and I knew, as well as my grandmother, that I was meant to dance for as long as I possibly could. Back then, I didn’t foresee that I could have a career doing what I loved, but I knew I felt safe when I was moving and my creativity blossomed.

Beyond DC Next: From Summer Intensive to Major Internships

Raven Crosby | Administrative Assistant As students participate in our DC Next program each summer, they are presented with a host of skills that are applicable in all career fields. These skills are gained through taking on leadership positions, creating initiatives, and engaging in classes and choreography. Students develop networking, administrative, professional branding, and more…