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Meet MMDF 2020 Performer Ife Sekem

Ife Sekem is an artistic entrepreneur and Holistic Enthusiast on a mission to uplift and empower her community. On September 25th, she'll be doing just that as a participant in Making Moves Dance Festival 2020. Growing up in deep Guyanese culture, dance was Ife's first language. "My family used dance as a means to get by in our everyday life," She says. "We danced as we cleaned, cooked, we danced to celebrate milestones and even to mourn our loved ones. Movement is life and my ability to express through this form activates a spirit within me that connects me to my ancestors and the creator. It is my intention to express from a space of love and freedom."

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1. What inspired you to commit to being an artist? How did you choose dance as your artform? Our audience would love to hear about moments that you can pinpoint that influenced you to pursue dance as a career.  

My Commitment to art stems from my faith and authenticity. In a world wear cash is king, people often sacrifice what they love to make ends meet. I decided from a very young age that I would be true to my heart and pursue my dreams of being an artist. I believe the creator created us to create! Being raised in a Guyanese family opened me up to dancing as a way to celebrate all things from life to death and everything in between. I could never deny the surge of energy that passes through me when I hear sweet music, it affirms my purpose to live, to breathe. 

2. In your upcoming performance, what are some special elements of your work that you'd like to share with us?  Is there anything in particular that we should expect? 

Expect to FEEL the rhythm and witness our spirit of joy! Embrace the beauty of the steps and the personalities that shine through each individual. 

3. What offers you inspiration for your work? What are the things in your "universe" that give you motivation to make your work?  

I am inspired by the blueprint left by my ancestors; they paved the way for my success.  I respect my history and honor my duty to continue the work that is required for the empowerment of humanity. The Universe affirms the importance of creating peaceful, loving environments through art by way of the strong bridges and powerful relationships I have built over the years. I am my community, we arena strong network and I am proud to be of this generation of artist. 

4. What are your goals and aspirations going forward as a dancer; an artist? 

It is my intention to spread love, embrace and uplift my culture, and use my craft to heal, educate, and inspire myself others to be their greatest self. I wish to travel, study, teach and perform worldwide. It is my life's desire to go to West Africa and fully emerge myself into the culture. I want to bring back what I learn, share it with my African American communities and do the work for us to connect the dots to positively impact each other directly.

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