Songwriters from George Harrison to the Zombies have written odes to how a person moves. From our gait to the lightest flickering of our fingers, our movements convey truths about our lives—our state of being, our cultural contexts, our likes and dislikes. Taken to a presentational level, dance can serve as a tool to explore invisible histories, community building, and cultural vernaculars. Since the way we move provides us with a powerful tool to create, question, and disrupt, how can dance provide a structural framework to address topics such as the construction of gender or race in America? Dancer and choreographer d. Sabela Grimes teaches us how to find our groove as movers and shakers in this world.
d. Sabela Grimes
d. Sabela grimes, a 2014 United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow, is a choreographer, writer, composer and educator whose interdisciplinary performance work and pedagogical approach reveal a vested interest in the physical and meta-physical efficacies of Afro-Diasporic cultural practices. He has recently brought his teaching talents to the new USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Described by the Los Angeles Times as “the Los Angeles dance world’s best-kept secret” and as “one of a mere handful of artists who make up the vanguard of hip-hop fusion,” Grimes is considered one of the most imaginative and innovative artists in his field. He created and continues to cultivate a movement system called Funkamentals that focuses on the methodical dance training and community building elements evident in Black vernacular and Street dance forms. Previously, Grimes co-authored and performed as a principal dancer in Rennie Harris Puremovement’s award-winning Rome & Jewels.