When I got asked to create something for this issue, I had a lot of different ideas. I finally decided that I wanted to interview people to ask them about what kinds of dances they grew up doing at home, with their families and friends. After I talked about it a few times with my mom, I used my mom’s phone, and sent texts, voice notes, and made calls messages to adults in my community. I asked them to share what dances they did at home, and record themselves doing it. Here are a few of them featured in this video.
Thomas, San Jose/Bay Area, CA: He shared what dances he did in San Jose/Bay Area, but he ‘cheated’ by recruiting a friend to do it for him. Lol
Chidinma, Imo State, Nigeria: Shared dance moves she used to do in her hometown in Imo State in Nigeria. She didn’t really have specific names for the dances but she was very happy doing the dance.
Lindiwe, Johannesburg, South Africa: Lindiwe swears she’s not a dancer but she was getting it with those dance moves.
Moses, Brooklyn, NY: He said his knees were not giving him what he needed. It was 7am!
Natacha, Haiti: Aunty Natacha shared the konpa from Haiti, and she gets extra credit for doing a partner dance with her kid.
What are the dances you did at home?