Placeholder Image

Subtitles section Play video

  • When I'm dancing it makes me feel like I'm flying.

  • It feels like I'm free and it's the best feeling.

  • I started dance when I was seven years old

  • and I didn’t know that I wanted to be a dancer,

  • but this was inside of me

  • and was so easy,

  • it was like my body was ready to do that.

  • I just realised that I want to keep doing this for life.

  • When I was a kid, I was the only black dancer in the studio

  • with more than 50 white ballerinas.

  • When you think ballet, you think about white people dancing.

  • I heard that I was never going to make any classical company

  • because I was a black ballerina.

  • How you say to someone that you're not going to make your dreams

  • and I never stop to fight and I'm here now.

  • Freedom came when I moved to London

  • and I can see that I could be a black ballerina.

  • I can dance with white dancers, black dancers

  • and it's just amazing.

  • When I'm improvising it's kind of my style of dance.

  • It's a mix of what I learned as a classical, as a contemporary dance

  • but it’s the way I move my body, it's not really choreographed.

  • I do love to dance the big classicals

  • and everybody looked the same - same arms.

  • This is like, technical.

  • But I do love to have this freedom as well - that I can move as me.

  • It's the movement, it's the music.

  • It's part of freedom -

  • that you connect to with your own body.

  • It's been a long journey

  • and I love how far and how beautiful I've become.

  • Inside the studio we have all types of bodies, all types of dancers,

  • and colours, we are mixed.

  • And we only have one single language and it's dance.

  • We are celebrating freedom.

  • We're celebrating diversity, equality in one studio

  • and I wish it wasn’t just inside this studio,

  • it was in the whole world.

  • I have a tattoo saying "believe" and it's like a note to...

  • I'd wake up or when I'm on the train or somewhere

  • and I look and say "you always have to believe

  • that you're going to get there."

  • To never forget.

When I'm dancing it makes me feel like I'm flying.

Subtitles and vocabulary

Click the word to look it up Click the word to find further inforamtion about it

A2 freedom studio ballerina dancing black dancer

'Why dancing brings me freedom' | BBC Ideas

  • 8 2
    Summer posted on 2022/08/04
Video vocabulary