Photo collage of Co-Founder of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Abdel R. Salaam and Mrs. Dyane accepting the honor of Forces being named Dance Company of the Year at the 41st Annual Vivian Robinson/ Audelco Recognition award for Excellence in Black Theatre Tuesday night! This is a big deal and something to be grateful for! Get your tickets to see us at the NJ Pac 12/14 and the Apollo 12/27#Theatre #thearts #Forces #Dandy #Dancelife #visionary #contemporary #traditional #Africandance
West& Vogue Magazine
Taking from Vogue magazine US December issue in 1998. Shot by the legendary Patrick Demarchelier. #BatotoYetu #Dancelife #Vogue #Publication #Africandance #NYC #PatrickDemarchelier #tbt
I urge you to join us on Saturday December 28, 2013 for Batoto Yetu’s Holiday Celebration at Aaron Davis Hall! This will be a spectacular evening of dance ideal for the entire family. Come witness these outstanding young dancers of Harlem perform in this fully charged production, which pays tribute to the human rights heroes who have fought for social justice and racial equality worldwide. General Admission is $25 and tickets can be purchased online at
West& Creations Dance Company
On November 4-5, 2013, I went back to my Alma Mater Syracuse University to be a guest choreographer for Creations Dance Company annual show. Creations Dance Company is a student run organization that was established on the Syracuse University campus in 1977 by 9 women of color. The organization was founded with the premise of increasing the cultural awareness of SU students and the Syracuse community through dance from the prospective of under represented individuals. The styles of dance range from Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern and African.
While in undergrad I was voted to be co-coordinator of Creations since the Spring of my freshmen year. The following year I was voted to be coordinator for the remainder of my undergrad career. Considering that my involvement within the organization played such an instrumental role in my experience at SU, it was an honor for me to give back to the company.
As a former coordinator, I only want the best for my former group. It was such a pleasure watching them learn my high-octane original Afro-fusion choreography. They are a diverse group of beautiful young women and some truly talented dancers. It was a challenge and an intense two nights; however, they made me proud. I cannot wait to see at December 6, 2013. African is going be a problem! Long live Creations and let the legacy continue!
West&Baustelle Kalk in Cologne, Germany(European Tour)
Taking from the OTTO VON SCHIRACH and Cakes Da Killa show at Baustelle Kalk in Cologne, Germany July 21, 2013. This was the bittersweet final stop of the tour and I got this amazing photo from it, while in action.
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West& Behind the Scenes Cakes new video #IRTFC
On Friday we filmed Cakes latest music video for “IRTFC,” which is available on ITUNES now! It’s always a pleasure to dance and co-choreograph for not just a talented artist but my best friend as well. I won’t give too much away but these photos of Yinka Parris and I on set before our dance scene are way to great not to share. Be on the look out for the video coming soon!
The final installment of these amazing photos shot by Yinka Parris of YBPlastik and edited by Dex R. Jones of SirReal Photography.
See more of these talented Gentlemen’s work on their blogs and in my Men Of A Generation post
Yinka Parris: Dir of Photography
Dex R. Jones: Photo Editor
West& St Francis Day Performance
On Sunday October 6, 2013, I performed along Forces of Nature Dance Theater at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for St. Francis Day. Our Founder and choreographer Abdel R. Salaam choreographed 3 new pieces for the event. I had the pleasure of being among the 1st group of men in Forces of Nature Dance Theater to perform “Lamban” in its entire entirety! To say that we didn’t seize this opportunity would be an understatement and to top it off over 2,500 audience members got to share this moment with us!
African Dance at Carcavelos Beach Portugal Summer 11 #tbt #Dancelife #African dance #Congolese