Get to know the accomplished individuals who will present at the TEDxGreenville conference on April 8th! In this series, writer Jennifer Oladipo asks some compelling questions.
A 16-year-old dance prodigy, Song Aziza Tucker has been performing since age six, and currently attends the Dekalb School of Fine Arts in Atlanta.
What is the most challenging part of being a dancer?
The most challenging aspect of being a dancer is trying to maintain the already developed requirements such as aesthetic, body type, and style of movement while still trying to bring something new to the table, because that is what being in the arts is about: developing something to share with the world.
What was the last idea, big or small, that you thought was an idea worth sharing?
The last idea that I thought of sharing was holding a network worship for black ballerinas in my area, so that they could participate in experiences such as dance intensives and performing art schools that usually would not cater to them.
How does your art affect the way you see yourself?
I see myself as an explorer and a person who pays attention to articulation. I try to convey both concepts through my dance.
What is your favorite TED talk and why?
My favorite TED talk was with Misty Copeland’s TEDxGeorgetown, “The Power of Ballet.” For one she is black ballerina who has become a principle ballerina at one of the most prestigious companies in the nation, let alone the world. During her discussion, she mentioned the modernization of ballet and how the well-known historical art form had taken a new shape which is not necessarily bad. I happen to believe that the slowly progressing diversity of ballet is what keeps it alive and relevant and although my thinking may be biased due to my skin color, the media does reflect this revival of ballet popularity.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in other dancers. I love watching other people explore different movement or even the same movement in a different way. So I practice that pattern or exploring movement differently and that is where my inspiration is from.
What is the next frontier for the human race?
I believe that the next frontier of the human race is a more colorful, livelier world, racially and artistically. I believe that we are currently stuck in between the radicals and conservatives concerning the arts. Many radicals would like to move forward with as much revolutionary ideas as possible and conservatives would like to continue in this slow, steady progress, which is usually the classic pattern of mankind. But due to the mixing of races and acceptance of different people around the world, I believe that the blending would form an even more vibrant earth.
For more information about Kaleidoscope speakers and performers, visit our 2016 presenter page, where extended bios are available.