Miami's Alma Dance Theater
Miami-born Marissa Alma Nick founded an all-female dance theater to support women and their agency over their bodies through dance. Watch Nick and members of Alma Dance Theater reclaim space through powerful movements across the city's beaches and colorful arts district and into its nightclubs.
[Marissa] For women, to express ourselves,
and have control and say over our body.
And especially in dance, it's so cathartic.
We try to bring you into a space
where women are unapologetic and powerful
and embracing their sensuality
and telling their story without shame.
I'm a dancer and choreographer.
I'm the founder of Alma Dance Theater,
an all female-centric dance company
based here in Miami, Florida.
I grew up around North Beach area.
This little pocket of culture.
You have people from all of the Caribbean.
I really fell in love with dance
very passionately at a young age.
I trained in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary.
I've also been a stripper.
I used to shy away from that
and feel like I had to apologize for it,
but there's a very specific style of dancing
that happens using your body as like
a powerful, hypnotic instrument.
I love it.
When I got a taste of creating
and bringing my ideas to life,
I knew I wanted to be a choreographer.
The relationship between me and the dancers,
it's such an intimate and beautiful journey.
[Cyles] With Alma Dance Theater, I just feel so at home.
All of us being together from different backgrounds
and different cultures, all together as women.
I was born here in Miami.
My family is from The Bahamas.
The whole island culture,
I kinda carry it along through my dancing.
When I dance, I feel very fierce.
Real power that really makes me want to make my moves
and make me want to dance more bigger, more powerful.
[Marissa] The story I'm telling through dance,
you know, I always say it's sex-positive feminism.
We're here on stage
because we're choosing to be.
And this language is not because
somebody else is asking
to do it or sell it.
Like, we're doing it for ourselves.
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