Liberate – To set Free, as from oppression, confinement, or foreign control.

Beauty Liberates. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” And I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places others have not dared to look, including ourselves.” – Salma

Education Liberates. “Education is Liberating in that it enables people to overcome injustice, poverty, and fear. Education is a constant process for the Liberation of human beings.” – Pablo Friere

Love Liberates. “I am grateful to have been loved, and to be loved now, and to be able to love, because that Liberates. Love Liberates. It doesn’t just hold – That’s ego. Love Liberates. It doesn’t bind. Love says, “ I Love You.” – Dr. Maya

Life Liberates. Live! Be yourself at all times. I believe that all of us, you and I, have an opportunity in this life; not only to be free, but to be in a state of peace and joy as well. However, in order to get to that place of peace, we require liberation. Liberation: not necessarily from the physical chains that bind us, or prisons we occupy, but liberation from the thoughts and ideas that keep us trapped in disappointment, resentment, and sadness.

Art Liberates. “To be an artist is to believe in life. We dance seeking the divine for the passion of being alive. We dance for clarity and guidance. We dance to shatter, to give up the self to empty, to disappear till only the dance remains. We dance simply because we love to. The aim of art is to represent, not the outward of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle

As dancers, we live through art. Every moment is an emotion, every emotion is a feeling, every feeling is a dance, and dance is our life. We could only hope that once our students leave our lives with the knowledge that it’s all about the dance. Life is a huge stage, in which there are choreographers of their own soul and the artistic director of their fate. Sometimes life will feel like a contemporary number filled with drama and commotion. Other times it will be a lyrical routine…peaceful and lovely; or perhaps a hip hop number with a lot of beats. Regardless of the style of dance life gives them, life will complicate itself simply because that’s the nature of humanity. They will be obligated to make very hard and important decisions. We hope the dancers we work with choose to dance every beat life throws at them with enough flexibility and control to take on anything or anyone. “Liberate the Artist.”


Victor Smalley & Angel Armas