Army of Me by Danny Tidwell with Rasta Thomas and Adrienne Canterna
Surprise, surprise, my eyes aren’t lying.
The body’s language serves a great purpose, more than just assumption.
What’s left is apologies for my past and future.
Please don’t conclude that I’m pointing the blame.
Just reacting to these tears, and understanding that they are mine.
For the time being, ‘cuz I can, I’ll choose what to say.
If this fire rubs you to burn in any way, my Bad.
My core’s heat was provided in the slap of a stranger.
The army of me doesn’t intend to come for you.
Although pleasetake note that it does exercise freely.
Refusing any responsibility for riveting nonsense.
Including sense created through pure ignorance.
Male, Cancer, Born in 1981 in San Francisco. Lived in Saudi Arabia until the age of 8 – Parents divorced
Occupation: Dancer, performing artist – Classically trained at Kirov Academy of Ballet, Washington, DC
International awards, medals, and honors: – Gold medal, IBC, Varna, Bulgaria – Gold medal, IBC, Jackson, Mississippi
Reason he started to dance: bad behavior
Enhanced classification skills: – Gymnastics, swimming – Martial arts: Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Kung Fu, Tuc Kong Moo Sul, Capoeira
Allies: SAG, AGMA, Alexandre G. Dube
Other qualities according to others (not important): Liar, Egotistical
On stage: – Prodigal Son, Dance Theatre of Harlem – Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, Maryinski Theatre, Russia – Debbie Allen’s Soul Possessed, Kennedy Center – Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out, Broadway – Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, Pacific Northwest Ballet
His requirements in a company: First I want to be led by someone I respect, someone who’s done exactly what I’m doing, someone who’s been an international celebrity, someone whose shoes I would like to be in. Right now, all I see is directors’ shoelaces I’d like to wear. I find it very hard to find people truly passing on genuine information.
Hometown: Linthicum, MD
Two older brothers, one younger sister
Occupation: Dancer, performing artist
International awards, medals, and honors: Gold Medal, IBC, Jackson, Mississippi
Some companies she has worked with:
- Washington Ballet, Washington, DC
- Guest Principal Dancer, Universal Ballet, Korea
- Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Mom and dad’s best quality: Faith and strength
What she would want for her siblings that she experienced: Going through the real highs and lows of love, really going through it.
The best cry for help that she has ever heard: “Rasta’s, in general.”
What bothers her about most dancers: The lack of self-respect and how they treat their bodies.
Her new priorities for the time being: Finally doing what I really want.
Danger that excites her: In 2002 I started ADA (American Dance Artist), a small company of only ten dancers to take control and have this responsibility wasdangerous and very exciting.
Biggest fear for boyfriend Rasta Thomas: I fear for him not being the man I know he can be, in all aspects of life.
Negative comment people say about her: Overrated.
Text by Danny Tidwell - Photos by Damon Mardell