Bringing together many styles of dance, Jaleel Cheek would normally be traveling around the world as a concert dancer. He’s worked with VH1 since 2013, and his credits include dancing for RuPaul’s Drag Race.
However, due to the coronavirus, Jaleel has been more local the past few months. Between teaching on Zoom and working on an artistic project with the City of Greensboro, Jaleel took the time to participate in National Dance Day by bringing J-Setting, a cultivation of styles drawing on street jazz and majorette, to LeBauer Park. He's "definitely super excited and grateful. National Dance Day is always a big event. [He] knew that with Covid, it would probably be a bit different, but he's excited to see that Greensboro Downtown Parks is still putting on an event." When asked what he hopes his National Dance Day performance brings to the community, Jaleel responded, “I want to share a message of ‘Black joy’, bringing happiness and inspiration to others. As a dancer, I’m still pushing for my goals, and I want to send a message of empowerment, encouragement, and perseverance through this moment. This is a message of all artists.”
While a frequent presence in the downtown parks practicing his tumbling skills, the film shoot for National Dance Day helped Jaleel feel as though he was giving back and working hand-in-hand with the community which made the experience even more special. Another way that Jaleel gives back to the community is through his teaching with Dynasty Dance Company. The company offers styles for all ages and levels and offers both competitive and recreational dance.
Your Support Means a lot
Like all of our programs at Greensboro Downtown Parks, National Dance Day GSO is free to attend every year. We're proud to put this event on, showcasing the talented performing artists of our local community. Especially this year, when the corona virus pandemic has taken an incredible toll on non-profits like us, artists, and the entire creative sector, we're grateful to have this event as a shining example of what coming together looks like, even when we have to be apart. Support from individuals and sponsor organizations is critical to bolstering the work of the local arts and culture economy. You can lend your support by donating or becoming a Friend of the Park and help us continue to bring free programs to the public.
We especially want to thank generous sponsors for helping us to put this virtual event on this year: