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28 | #McKinleyWillis

​co-hosts Martheya and Azaria interview McKinley Willis. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about McKinley’s career as a professional dancer. She shares why pursuing a BFA in Modern Dance is a way of preparing for the future, the importance of considering location when picking a school, tips for creating your network, black female artists to follow, and how she thinks about body imag


[0:28] Martheya and Azaria introduce McKinley Willis


[1:50]Martheya asks: “Can you briefly walk us through your career path?”

[3:30]Martheya asks: “What were your thoughts of pursuing a career as a professional dancer?”

[3:48]Azaria asks: “Why did you not feel like you were good enough?”

[4:39]Martheya asks: “What was the only perspective you saw?”

[5:20]Martheya asks: “Where was the summer intensive?”

[6:07]Azaria asks: “You said it was a new environment that let you know there was a place for you?”

[7:53]Martheya asks: “Can you tell us why you chose to pursue a BFA in Modern Dance?”

[9:00]Martheya asks: “What are some of the characteristics that have prepared you?”

[10:06]Azaria asks: “What drew you to Dallas Black Dance Theater and Bruce Wood?”

[13:15]Martheya asks: “How have you created your network?”

[16:15]Azaria asks: “Do you have any specific advice for women of color?” “Have you had any of those challenges and how did you overcome them?”

[19:09]Azaria asks: “In honor of black history month are there any other dancers or choreographers who have inspired you to pursue dance?”

[23:02]Martheya asks: “Could you talk to our audience about what The Artist Expedition is?”

[26:58]Azaria asks: “How can people stay connected with The Artist Expedition?”

[30:39]Martheya asks: “What are other ways people can educate themselves?”

[31:16]Azaria asks: “What is one thing you would say to someone who is not feeling good about their body?”

[33:44] Azaria asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?


2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • “The Nutcracker”

[34:34] Azaria asks:

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?

  • BOTH

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Instagram

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