Booty Poppin’

Regardless of all the other things going on in the world you still want to believe that in 2012 you won’t be faced with racism everywhere you go.  I got a very real reminder yesterday at the 65th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington.  I am a member of Techmoja Dance and Theater Company.  The Choreographer and Artistic Director is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts.  He is sought after to choreograph pretty much all of the theater productions, high school show choirs, and any other function where there will be dancing in the tri-county area.  And yes he is a dancer.  This year was the second year that Techmoja was invited to participate in the festival with a 30 minute performance on the Multicultural stage (this is still North Carolina).  All the ladies were in evening gowns, the gentlemen smartly dressed as well.  Our thirty minute segment included a tribute to Etta James with a performance of “At Last”, a tribute to Don Cornelius, with an audience participation Soul Train Line, and of course a tribute to the incomparable Whitney Houston.  The final number a beautifully choreographed dance to Victory by Take 6.  Only 5 members of the group participated in the dance and as the rest of us watched one of the hostesses of the show walks up to me and says, “I need to see some booty poppin”.  Without even turning to look at her I said as disdainfully as I possibly could, “We don’t do that type of dancing.”  And of course she countered with “I was just joking…”  She spent the next few minutes of the dance trying to convince me that this remark was not stereotypical by commenting on the beautiful extensions of the dancers and how wonderful the choreography was but it was too late.  Her confederate flag had already slipped out of her mouth.

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~ by Diva2de on April 16, 2012.

2 Responses to “Booty Poppin’”

  1. Her confederate flag slipped out of her mouth….i love ur writing

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