Sparks, by Dawn States

Artist's Statement

With Sparks, I created an exploration of resilience through ballet movements and vocabulary.  In this piece, I am exploring bodily what it feels like to be resilient, which to me is being able to navigate all the ups and downs of life. This is filmed at an outdoor location with the help of my partner Shawn Ganley using an iPhone, as I think nature is another example of resilience.

About the Artist

Dawn States started dancing at age five and fell in love with ballet. At age eighteen, Dawn experienced two severe spinal surgeries and stopped dancing. Through the tutelage of Axis Dance Company they returned to their passion of dance. Dawn is now invested in finding ways to make ballet and dance more accessible to other people with physical disabilities. Dawn has earned their MFA in dance from Temple University. More of their work can be accessed through their Instagram or website: