Brandon Jackson | dancer
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"Inspiring others to pursue their dreams."
I began dancing when I was 17 in the style of contemporary. I would learn from video tutorials on how to do certain moves until I felt I could do it. Then I joined Kapwa Modern my first year of college and was a member for two seasons, where I received the opportunity to choreograph a piece in each season. I was also on a Korean Hip Hop Dance Team called KO/OP, where I was a member for two seasons and co-choreographed a couples' piece. This past summer I auditioned and joined Boom Crack! Dance Company and I am currently still training with this company. I feel I can be called an artist because I like to express my emotions through art. It's not only a place to put my emotions, but also a way for me to tell a story without having to express it through words. Dance is something that feels natural and feels like home to me, and no matter how I am feeling at the time, dance is the place for me to express it.
why this cause matters to the artist
This cause is personal to me because as a dancer who group up in the suburbs, I did not have a studio to call home nor was I able to just go and take class somewhere and receive actual training due to distance and finances. So when I was just starting off in dance, I felt I was very far behind and made little progress due to the fact I was only able to learn from videos. Dancing itself is not accepted where I am from, so the motivation to keep going and try to get better weakened everyday, since I was constantly told it was a waste of time or I would not make it from my peers.
During this time up until now, I have learned to use those negative comments and turn them around, by using them to push me further, to show them that I can make my dreams come true even though it didn't start out perfect. Everybody Dance Now! Chicago is a great organization because it brings people together in the dance community and gives youth a chance to start a potential career, or even a fun hobby, who would otherwise not have been able to. I encourage this because it will inspire people, and all I want to do is inspire others to follow their dreams and do something they really want to do. Whether those dreams are dance related or not, I just want to inspire others and I believe Everybody Dance Now! Chicago can do that.