• Dancer

    My Afro…ness and Ballet

    I am reflecting back on my journey through the world of dance and yes I have experienced micro aggression and prejudice in the studio. So my entire life, has been pretty much evolved around dance, performing and costumesss 😀 My mother and aunt took me to my first dance class when I was 4. I began Ballet, Tap and Latin and of course at the tender age of 4 you are not going to be aware of racism or any form of discrimination. It’s only as you grow older you learn more and experience more, is when society shapes you. You slowly come to terms with your identity and acknowledge…

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    14 dance steps to loving yourself

    14 days of self-discovery, self-expression and self-development through dance improvisation. So in case you aren’t already aware this blog is about my 14 day dance challenge of learning how to focus on myself, understanding my capabilities and flaws. Those 14 days encouraged to appreciate and love myself more. On my Instagram I posted quick clips of my thoughts and feelings every single day. Instead of taking notes in my diary I thought why not just….dance! Follow me on Instagram HERE and check out my full dance clips! This year is all about development, selfishness and empowerment. And I must say that there is absolutely no shame in doing for your self. If…

  • Lifestyle,  Reviews

    Young and Black | UNISON Black Members Conference 2018 Review

    So I attended the UNISON Black Members Conference in Liverpool 19th – 21st January and this was my second time attending as a delegate. Both occasions I have learnt so much from other black people’s personal experiences in the workplace; from discrimination to institutionalised racism and so on. I attended to gain knowledge of our current issues and to be active within the trade union; which is to ‘Improve equality in the workplace, challenging racism and discrimination’ – Black Members My first impression of attending the conference was the level of diversity. I met so many people from different backgrounds and cultures. One thing I like about the UNISON conferences is…

  • Lifestyle

    I need a break! Social media Detox

    First off… as if I am writing a blog about taking a break from social media like my whole life evolves around the net… it doesn’t. Ever since I started my blogging journey month by month, week by week and then day by day I slowly started to allow social media to consume my time, attention and energy. HOWEVER I have not allowed myself to become dependent on it, so that’s why I have taken a detox from socialising online. I treated everyone’s success as my failures So as I mainly blog and share posts about dance and lifestyle, I tend to follow others who share my interests and post…

  • Lifestyle

    Why I started blogging and why you should too

    So its been 6 months since I started blogging. Time truly flys by and I look forward to the next 6 months of pursuing my love for blogging and so on…. TELL A LIE.  It’s been 10 months. I wrote this blog in September and literally had no time to even type it up and post it. 3 out those 10 months I stopped blogging. One thing I have learnt about blogging is that it is just longgggg. I mean I love writing and sharing my experiences but there is not enough time in the day to even type lol. Sorry I am derailing…lets get to the point. My main…

  • Lifestyle

    2017 was mayhem…. (100 happy days)

    First and foremost let me wish everyone a ** Happy New Year!!!! ** 2017 flew by quicker than lightning…. WOW What scares me the most about how fast time flys by is that time never stops or waits for anyone. So where does that leave us? I guess we just have to keep up with the times. Keep it moving. Keep on working hard. Keep on spending quality time with our loved ones. (does that even make sense?) But what about ‘me’ time?? That’s what scares me the most about time. The lack of time we have to ourselves. Now don’t get me wrong we DO have time to ourselves, it…

  • Reviews

    Review: Yaatra

    Yaatra – Jaivant Patel Dance Artist, dancer: Jaivant Patel Consultant Producer: Sarah Shead at Spin Arts Choreographic Collaborator: Nahid Siddiqui Dramaturgy: Miranda Laurence Research and Development showing Arena Theatre Wolverhampton – Thursday 29th November 2017 Review produced by Tamar Dixon (Unique Tay) So as a born n bread local of Wolverhampton it is my pleasure to finally write up a dance review for an aspiring dance performance, produced by Jaivant Patel, an artist, choreographer and an associate artist at The Arena Theatre. As much as I love dance, performance and of course writing up reviews for touring dance companies across the nation. I thought why do I always disregard my…

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    Review: Show Me The Money

    To all my creative artists… Dancers, singers, actors, visual artists, poets, yes all of you with a creative skillset….QUESTION. How do you financially survive? Paula, the writer of Show Me The Money, highlights the truths of being an artist in today’s modern society. Showcased at the Arena Theatre Wolverhampton. Show Me The Money Written & Devised by: Paula Varjack Dramaturgy by: Martin Bengtsson Touring Technical Director: Lucy Adams Arena Theatre – Wolverhampton Saturday 25th November 2017 Review by: Tamar Dixon (Unique Tay) This is a question I have been asking myself for years. Before I studied dance, during my studies and yes I am still questioning myself today as a graduate.…

  • Reviews

    Review: The Head Wrap Diaries

    The Head Wrap Diaries explores femininity, beauty, sisterhood and hair, afro hair to be exact. Of three young females who express their experiences and complexities, with their hair and identity. Uchenna Dance Creative director and choreographer: Vicki Ibokwe Producer: Emily Bray Dancers: Habitat Ajayi, Shanelle Clemenson and Natalie Bailey Music: Kweku Aacht Thursday 2nd November 2017 Patrick Centre – Birmingham Hippodrome Review by: Tamar Dixon – Unique Tay LISTEN UP…   (P.S. You can also find my (full) review over at Dance Exchange Birmingham) A splash full of energy, vibrancy and powerful yet meaningful message Set in a dynamic hair salon, The Head Wrap Diaries is a combination of Contemporary,…

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    Review: Bayadère – The Ninth Life

    Choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh explores the 19th century tangled love story of La Bayadère. La Bayadère’s main character is an Indian temple dancer, Nikiya who is in love with the warrior Solor. The princess Gamzatti is ordered to marry Solor and poisons Nikiya. Her death leads Solor to despair and ultimately self-destruction… Through storytelling, postmodern dance, Indian classical dance (Bharatanatyam) and technology, Shobana embraces Marius Petipa’s 19th century ballet, La Bayadère, and his curiosity and fascination of Indian dancers. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance  Choreographer, Concept & Direction: Shobana Jeyasingh Set & Costume Design: Tom Piper Music: Gabriel Prokofiev Light Design: Fabiana Piccioli Video Design: Sander Loonen 16th October 2017 Sadler’s Wells Theatre…