10.27 Whatever Wednesday: Student Guest Blogger—Angela C. Dances!

Whatever Wednesday

a chance to post something I’ve seen that I’m diggin’: a cool quote or poster, a video, or simply a picture.

Enjoy!… and consider posting your own Whatever.


 


{Eat the Book: Angela C., one of my students this year, started telling me last week that a music video that she danced in was just released. “Can we show the class today?” she asked.

I paused, thinking teachery thoughts… “How about we show it next Wednesday on the blog—and you can do a write up that goes along with it?”

It didn’t take too much to sell her on that idea. With the beauty of Google Docs, we did a little collaborating—and voila! A masterpiece. ENJOY.}   

Angela Dancing2      Over the summer I had a chance to be a part of the making of a music video in the city of Buffalo.  The song is written and performed by a local artist named Drea D’Nur.  Her song is called “Break me Down” and I am so glad that I got to be a part of it. But before we get into that let’s talk about how I got into the video. It’s a very interesting story.
Drea D’nur knew a dance teacher at my dance school, Miss Robin, who she asked to be the dance director. She also asked to pick some dancers  to be in it. People got picked by dance categories— there was modern, African, crump, ballet, and hip-hop, which I was in.

            It was a lot of work and there was a lot of footage.  Angela3Not all of it made it into the video which is sad but true.

         Alongside the music video I got to perform live with her at the Tralf Music Hall. The places we shot the video were very local. One of them was the Japanese Gardens at the Buffalo History Museum. Another one was a bridge and just roaming through the trees and screaming chants.

         There were also a lot of extras. My dad got to be in the video just because he
was there. My friend’s mom also got to be in it. It was so official that I had to sign a contract. I’ve never done anything like this before but it was really cool. If I could, I would want the chance to do it again. Now that we’ve done all this talking about how it began let’s’ actually see it!

 

(See the bullets below the video that tell where to find me in the music video.)

I can be seen in the video…

  • There’s a glimpse of me at 30 seconds
  • There’s another glimpse at 54 seconds
  • There’s another glimpse at 2minutes and 30 seconds and 3 mins
  • You can clearly  see me at 4 mins
  • You can also clearly see me at 4 minutes and 11 seconds
  • You can also see me at 4 minutes and 26 seconds

This song and video expresses the struggle and minds of African Americans who have been targeted by police for a long time—specifically the past two years. A lot of African Americans have died or gotten hurt by the police because of race including MIKE BROWN, TAMIR RICE, FREDDIE GRAY, SEAN BELL, OSCAR GRANT, RESHISKA BOYD, and a lot more. Drea D’nur wanted to show how they thought and acted through the power of dance and song. Hip hop and African represent not being able to break them down, crump represents the anger they have, modern  represents the fear and lost hope of those people, and ballet represents the people’s soul.

Drea D’nur did not only want you to like her song, she wanted you to experience what they experienced and feel what they felt. Drea’s lyrics “can not break me down” are showing and expressing not only how they should feel but how we should as well. No one can break us down. We need to be strong and stand tall because nobody can “break me down”.

{Eat the Book: Thank you, Angela, for taking the time to not only share the video with us, but to explain how you got involved and what it means to you. Powerful stuff. And now your words and video will be “out there” to be seen by many. Congratulations.}

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “10.27 Whatever Wednesday: Student Guest Blogger—Angela C. Dances!

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