To Dance

When I danced, I discovered me.  I was young, nineteen and eager to grow, to break out of my fears and self abuse.  I have never called myself a dancer, its like saying I play professional basketball on weekends.  I didn’t have the commitment or the dexterity, but I did dance.

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I am an actor who was afraid to let go.  I didn’t want to be seen as much as I longed for the spotlight.  My body was my enemy, no it was my mind.  I believed I wasn’t good or capable enough.

And then I danced!

I took a leap of faith and shared my body with the world; peers and teachers, children and parents, strangers and friends.  Movement spoke to me in visions of shapes and sounds in my head.  Pictures on stage, a choreography of emotions flowing through bodies.

I was in awe.  Inspired.  Intrigued.  I danced with amateurs and professionals; I studies and learned…to breathe!

I learned that my body is an instrument, a gift.  A gift I learned to share, its wisdom calling out to the world…”I’m OK…you can see me now.  I’m here!”

And again…I danced.

 

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Author: Finding True North

Nichole Donje is a interdisciplinary artist, activist and leader. A philosopher and self-exploration addict, Nichole is currently working on two books of art and poetry FINDING TRUE NORTH and LIFE POEMS. She is a visual artist and photographer. Nichole founded and ran the highly regarded New York City based independent theatre company TAPT/The Artist’s Playground Theatre, from 2006-2016. Serving as TAPT’s Artistic Director, Nichole worked diligently to support new and forgotten works that help shape the way we view the world around us. A recognized leader, Nichole served three terms as Vice President of the Board of Directors for The Players and currently served on the Executive Committee. The Players is the oldest theatrical club in the country founded by such luminaries as Edwin Booth and Mark Twain "for the promotion of social intercourse between the representative members of the dramatic profession and the kindred professions of literature, painting, sculpture and music, and the patrons of the arts". A key influencer of the Players current revitalization she has become an advocate for the art and livelihood of a social club. The Players not only honors yesterday’s and today’s luminaries of the performing arts, but also brings back the forgotten art of face to face relationships. Nichole is a member of SAG-AFTRA, LPTW/League of Professional Theatre Women, LeanInNYC, and The Players.

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