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82 | A Safe Space Isn’t Automatic w/ Joy-Marie Thompson

Updated: May 26, 2021

On this episode, Martheya and YeaJean interview Joy-Marie Thompson to talk about equity in the dance field. Joy-Marie discusses what keeps her dancing, how to make sure you get paid, and her growth as a director. Martheya, YeaJean, and Joy-Marie discuss the importance of how to actually build a safe space and the time it takes to build the relationships in order to do so. Enjoy this episode as Joy-Marie comes to the podcast with the “tea” and the truth. (45:50)


[1:15] The Team says welcome back and introduces Joy-Marie Thompson. The teams discuss how they met Joy-Marie and why they are so excited to have her on the show.


[2:46] Topic: What keeps You Dancing

  • [2:46] YeaJean asks: “Could you talk about why you dance?”

  • [5:00] YeaJean asks: “Can you share what are the inclusive and exclusive issues you find in dance education?”

[9:45] Topic: Directorship, Communication, and Getting Paid

  • [9:45] Martheya asks: “As a choreographer, what kind of practices do you recommend to create these places where we can set up these values at the beginning of the process?”

  • [13:21] Martheya asks: “Was there one instance in your life that made you want to hold spaces in this way, or is it a series of past experiences, or have you always been like this?”

  • [18:28] Martheya asks: “What do you say to our listeners who are on the opposite side of you, who may still be paying to dance?”

[26:22] Topic: Facilitating the “Safe Space”

  • [21:35] YeaJean asks: “What do you think about safe space for creatives? How can we facilitate it?”

  • [24:33] Martheya asks: “What do you think are some attributes that are facilitating or making this safe space?”

  • [27:19] Martheya asks: “Can you talk about a time where the space didn’t feel the space was safe?”

  • [32:08] Martheya asks: “Do you find it different or more challenging when you are in the role of a performer?”

  • [39:06] Martheya asks: “What would your message be in terms of equity in the space?”

[54:57] YeaJean asks:

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

[55:26] YeaJean asks:

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • The Lion King

[55:33] YeaJean asks:

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

  • No

[55:46] YeaJean asks:

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Tik Tok

Recommended Resources

Connect with Joy-Marie Thompson

Instagram- @joymarie.thompson

Headshot by Sherrie Nickol


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