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Blooming in Motion: Celebrating Dance Trailblazers

Blooming in Motion: Celebrating Dance Trailblazers

Amber Pickens (BFA ’15, dance) had always been a visual as well as a performing artist, but it wasn’t until the pandemic that she would combine those two loves into a project that was published February 2. Called Blooming in Motion, it’s a coloring book she describes as a “love letter to all the Black dancers that have paved and continue to pave the way for artists such as myself.” Pickens’ pictures of dancers are interspersed with quotes, bios, and drawings of flowers that she describes as “symbols of the gratitude toward the featured legends’ sacrifice, perseverance, fearlessness, discipline, and eternal resilience.” She spoke to Journal editor Susan Jackson about the book in January, shortly before making her film choreography debut in Passing at the Sundance Festival.

 Read the full Juilliard Journal article here

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