COPIED FROM AESHA ASH FORUM:
Very well put Violindancer. As you all ready know, I couldn't agre with you more........to Azlan, you stated that she has now found a company that matches her attributes-or something like that. Thats the question I have, what does this mean? That she has found a contemporary company, am I correct? Is that basically what you meant? If so, that's the problem ....... the power holders in ballet always seem to think that black dancers should simply stick to contemporary work. I mean except the men, because of course, we need them to lift the women and do Agon and The Four T's. So where does that leave the little black girl who wants to perform Giselle one day with a top company? What exactly about Aesha's attributes didn't fare well at NYCB (other than the obvious)? Sure she could have gone to a smaller company here in the states and made it to Principal, or say, go to the Dance Theatre of Harlem. But the question is, why should she automatically have to do that; and besides, DTH can't hire every little black girl who wants to dance. Violindancer hit the nail on the head when she said that the problem is that those born to more opportunity and priviledge, don't realize that they have it. Then, comments and views are made, with the priviledged not realizing that the views are racist ot prejudiced. Like, why do all of my white teachers automatically assume that I want to, or should dance with the Ailey Company, simply because Im black? I mean, it's simply sad, and really unfair that ppls ideals are narrow. Ive typed more than I was planning to here, lol, but the point is this: for those who don't realize it's racist stereotyping it is. Black dancer does not automatically equal contemporary work, or modern dance. For everyone who thinks that all black dancers are meant to be jumping or kicking or hinging to the floor while emoting and thanking Jesus for our triumphs, and that that is all that we're good at, get over it. It is 2003, and if you really want to see a black dancer exciting and expressing the feeling of triumph, wait until you see a black female in her first performance after being promoted to SOLOIST at one of the TOP American companies, let alone principal.
-Just so you know Azlan, all of that was NOT directed at you. Just wanted to make sure you knew that since I did direct that one question at you..........and since I did get on a slight tangent,lol, I'm gonna copy this into race in the arts, also.