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Welcome to Dance Rhetoric, where we explore the journey of movement.


Dance Rhetoric is the art of invention, arrangement, style, message, and delivery through a movement artists journey in dance culture. The dance journalism podcast hosted by Romonica Stephens, explores dance as an intellectual practice, the influence of its cultural pioneers and the vitality of movement as a wellness practice in the current zeitgeist.
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S2 Ep.04 FREEDOM| SIR JOQ

S2 Ep.04 FREEDOM| SIR JOQ

2019-09-2600:22:21

A ray of light living his divine truth. When the noise of society tries to silence his artistry, he shows up and shows out even louder.We caught up at Mission Dance Theater and talked about Vogue & Tone, manifesting his own reality TV show, meeting Billy Porter, what it means to be free + more
It is her zealous approach to life that has given Leslie the opportunity to experience what the world has to offer. With experience as a Juilliard graduate and Martha Graham Dance Company performer, Leslie is aligning into spaces that will take her career to new heights.We had the pleasure of catching up at Washington Square Park in New York City and talked about our favorite wines, her role in Martha Graham's 'Diversions of Angles' ballet piece and what fuels her inner radiance.Photo source: Martha Graham Dance Company
S2 EP. 02 PEACE| PACKRAT

S2 EP. 02 PEACE| PACKRAT

2019-08-1400:48:20

is an intelligent, beautiful and vibrant soul moving to her own rhythm in the commercial industry. Her magical and enchanting spirit will gift you with wisdom that is rare to find.We talked about her voyage from Jersey to LA, protective hairstyles between jobs and her ingredients to living a peaceful life.
 I got to catch up with Oakland native Gidnasty before he departed to Ghana to teach dance classes . We talked about his BBoy influences, how his crew Oakland Originalz was created and what sparked his viral James Brown air split!
THE SOCIAL CENTERPIECELast Friday during happy hour, it was a casual good time getting to know Will, Reggie and Rod, the founders of Rams & Parrots. Off-air we didn’t have your typical dry conversation, I got to know them on a personal level and learned about their love for family, community and friendship.What I admired the most about them is their commitment to being significant fathers while balancing life and the R&P business. There is no doubt in my mind they will be in a position to pass the Rams & Parrots legacy down to their children towards generational wealth.R&P is not your typical whiskey, this is a classic beverage that you sip, chill and have forward thinking conversations. In this episode we talked about the Rams & Parrots experience, creative process of coming up with the flavor and what inspires them.#DrinkResponsibly
Striking poses with José Gutierrez-XtravaganzaIt was a fun Saturday night at Rhythma Movement Arts Studios, learning in an intimate space of good energy, growth and laughter trying to mirror intricate movements from José Gutierrez, Father of the House of Xtravaganza who is one of the pioneers of the Vogue movement.In his Vogue workshop "no one is left behind in my class" he said. It didn’t feel like we were in a studio learning a typical eight count, but more like learning with family or friends in socks on the living room floor. We all walked away learning something special about ourselves that we will carry into our personal life journey.The next day I got to catch up with José and his friend Isabella, who curated the workshop in Atlanta. We talked about the history of Vogue, overcoming adversity and sharing his life experiences to give people hope.Photography credit: Johnny Rozsa
On October 28th I spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon gaining knowledge from the 3 Kings Master Series discussion panel at Anthony Burrell Center of Dance. There was so much love in the room and even though it was my first time being at the studio, it felt like home.The students and parents who attended the 3-day session were so attentive to every piece of advice shared by Mr. Burrell, Lorraine Fields, Frank Gatson, and Chris Grant. They were eager to ask informative questions and concerns about taking their career to the next level.Burrell expressed at the discussion panel, “I am here for you guys, as a friend and confidant.” He literally opened the doors and I had a humbling experience catching up with him to discuss what sparked to open his own company, dance education and the importance of being vain as a dancer to become comfortable in their own skin.
I have enjoyed a series of Heel Talk experiences within the past two years, that have inspired me to chase my own visions. Founded by Tasha B., Heel Talk is more than dance. It’s about women inspiring each other to be the best version of themselves, in heels of course! I have attended the Ladies Night Out event, Heel Talk Connection and Private Dance session. At Ladies Night Out I was free and unapologetically embracing my feminine side. At Heel Talk Connection, I networked with a purpose in a room of ambitious women from all walks of life. When I took my first private dance session, I accepted my weaknesses and became best friends with my flaws.As women, we go through so many emotional transitions in our life and having a space like Heel Talk for women is a reminder of how powerful we are when we uplift each other. In this episode, we talked about staying spiritually connected, personal goals, and her journey with Heel Talk LLC. Photo credit: Nikon Don Harris
It was a breath of fresh air spending the week with my good friend Gisella Ferreira in Venice, La where she teaches Samba, Zumba and directs her own Samba Soul Dance Company! Every night in class was a release and rebirth of self-expression into becoming the woman I want to be. The best part of this experience was connecting with the women of Samba Soul, who come from all journeys of life to dance Samba as a way of healing.Pure positive vibes, smiling faces, and sweat dripping down the arch of our backs. Gisella gave us unity, power, and knowledge of her Brazilian culture by teaching us the meaning of Samba music and movement.In our sit down Gisella expresses her love for Samba, turning failure into lessons and her experience at Rio Carnival! Check it out!Photo credit: Pikalindo
Before I departed New York, I had the pleasure of catching up with the founders of Queen Moves Guerdley & Brat at Peridance Capezio Center. Since our encounter at The Galen Hooks Method NYC Intensive back 2017, we stayed connected and I've enjoyed watching them flourish through their commitment to friendship, dancehall culture and women empowerment with Queen Moves.These two women are the most down to earth human beings you'll ever meet! You will learn how they met, what inspired Queen Moves and how they are uplifting women in their community through dance. Take a listen :-)Photo credit: Joey Rosado
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