Djassi DaCosta JohnsonIn her interview with Michaela DePrince in Issue Twenty-Seven, writer Djassi DaCosta Johnson finds a role model among a younger generation.

Djassi DaCosta JohnsonIn her interview with Michaela DePrince in Issue Twenty-Seven, writer Djassi DaCosta Johnson finds a role model among a younger generation.

Issue 27

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Arts & Culture

It was a wonderful revelation to find in Michaela an intelligent and thoughtful dancer who is cognizant of the world around her, and her place in it. I have often felt that dancers have been infantilized; the status quo of being “seen and not heard” is maintained to suit the institution, company or environment in which the dancer is immersed. It is important to note a marked shift from the nameless and voiceless dancer whose job it was simply to look beautiful, be technically excellent and transform themselves into a character, real or fantastical. The intelligence of many dancers has long been undermined, and interviewing Michaela was a wonderful affirmation that times are changing and the most gorgeous and influential dancers are made more so by using their platform to share their ...

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