The Tragedy of Roots: To a Dancer by Katherine McDaniel

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February 28, 2017 by katmcdaniel

This week we are confronting xenophobia. This is a poem I wrote a couple of years ago that illustrates how dance and movement can cut across the barriers of race and creed. What a world it would be if we could all dance together without fear!

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Dance can circumvent words and create bonds across cultures. Could we allow the empathy it creates guide our daily lives?

Sattriya Dancer, India © Subhrajit with CCLicense Sattriya Dancer, India
© Subhrajit with CCLicense

To a Danceris a poem I wrote for a variety show that took place last weekend here in Houston, Mosaic Hub‘s Chocolate Soiree. It was lovely to be able to read my work for a paying audience and wonderful to be followed by a pair of wonderful dancers, Helena Tokarew and Chris Simon. Their smoldering performance gave this piece an added dimension.

In To A Dancer, a girl is mesmerized by the dance of a community alien to her own. She recognizes the energy, kindness and love embodied by a particular dancer, as well as the sense of belonging and place conferred on him by the dance. She would love to join in, but fears that her participation would be misinterpreted, both by…

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