Spend your Summer at The Pillow!!! An Alumni Story


It's been an amazing four day journey auditioning for and working with Camille A. Brown in New York. Funny thing, before coming I was so worried about how I'd do, not in terms of the audition but with the movement. I felt like maybe I had lost a sense of my natural groove, the groundedness in the aesthetic of Black movement since I'd been so upright and on my toes with River North's six-step pirouette jazz classes and Hubbard Streets reoccurring tombe-coupe-jete during Ballet. But no, it was there. I found it with ease and I soon connected it with this pleasure to be in my body for the first time in a long time. I even found a tap side to me LOL imagine that y'all!!

There was characterization, there was confrontation, moments of deep thought and discussion and there was humanity. Altogether in a brief series of rehearsal days. I felt like I was investing my full self as an artist into the work, my observations of life as well as my experiences as a dancer found a safe place in the studio to be discussed and closely examined for creative insight.

As rehearsal time came to its end, a brush of sadness came over me. I'd grown attached to the movement and to the time spent with CAB dancers, it almost felt not-right to be leaving.  But such is the life of a dancer constantly having to say goodbye and making new hellos. Well I hope to be saying hello to them again in the very near future...