For those who don’t know who you are yet, can you give me a little run down about STACY LETRICE?
I am a performer, choreographer, instructor, and dance/movement therapist with over 20 years of experience in the field of dance. I live in Chicago.
How did you get in to dancing?
I began my dance journey at the age of eight after seeing an annual energetic celebration of African and African American dance called Dance Africa. After being inspired, my father placed me in to children’s dance classes where I first studied African Dance at Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago. I later continued my journey under the direction of Sundance Productions. Sundance further developed my dance background by providing me with training in African drumming, ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, Dunham, Caribbean, and West African dance.
Who are some of your dance inspirations?
Some of my dance inspirations include Josephine Baker, Katherine Dunham, Debbie Allen, Tanisha Scott, Amanieyea Payne and Latonya Style.
Can you tell me a bit about the social work you do with dance?
In addition to being a choreographer, instructor, and performer, I am a dance/movement therapist and counselor. Dance/movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual. I use dance/movement therapy and counseling skills to assist school children with having academic success. I also supports the families of my students by providing informative workshops and counseling sessions for parents and guardians.
What are some of your favorite dance steps?
Some favorite steps include: Purple Touch and Watch Di Pumpz by Kimiko Versatile, 2 Bad For You and Summer Jam by Black Eagle Crew, Original Rude Gal and and Wikkid Wine by Latonya.
Besides dancehall what other styles do you teach ?
My recent favorite styles include afrobeats and dancehall. My love for these styles came as result of another style that I teacher, my first love, which is traditional West African dances from Mali, Guinea, and Senegal. Traditional cultural dances play a huge role in African societies. These dance forms are used to teach moral values, social etiquette and to help people mature and celebrate members of the community while celebrating festivals and other occasions. African dances are largely participatory and every ritual dance often has a time where the whole community participates.
And what other dance are you interested in and why?
I hope to study various partner dancing such as zouk, swing, samba, and kizomba in the future. I am interested in these dances because I believe that partner dancing is not valued or utilized in social dances in the same manner that it was in the past. I love the sensuality of these dance forms. In addition, I believe that partner dancing is the perfect tool to teach the important qualities that are needed in any successful relationship. These qualities include: trust, support, balance, communication, and intimacy.
What projects are you working on at the moment, and what does the future hold for you?
I am currently focusing on building my own brand called, Jukeboxx. Jukeboxx focuses on pursuing happiness through African and Caribbean dance styles. My mission is to spread happiness all over the world by teaching and performing nationally and internationally. When asked why I dance, I always reply, “I know there is a God because I feel him when I dance.” When I feel God, I also experience love, peace, joy, and healing; all of which I hope to give back to the world through my gift of dance.
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