From Haiti to Harlem: Haitian Dancer Makes NYC Debut With the Legendary Dance Theater of Harlem
Arts & Culture, New York

From Haiti to Harlem: Haitian Dancer Makes NYC Debut With the Legendary Dance Theater of Harlem

by M. Skye Holly

His favorite ballet is Bhakti by Maurice Béjart. The music and deep red colors found in the performance feel familiar to Sanford Placide, even though the story is rooted in Indian Hindu culture. The color remind him of life and diversity. It is mostly the movement of the dance that he relates to, and Béjart’s desire to expose audiences to the global community that he is inspired by.

Placide was born in Port-au-Prince and raised in Gonaïves, Haiti, and is ever proud to hail from “a city of revolutionaries.” This week Placide fulfilled a lifelong dream of dancing in New York City with the legendary Dance Theatre of Harlem.

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M. Skye Holly

Native New Yorker with a global heart.Born, raised and is based in Brooklyn, where the Haitian old school and new school coexist with pride. Writing has been featured in The Canarsie Courier, The AFRican, and in many cultural and entrepreneurial projects.
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April 23, 2017

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M. Skye Holly

M. Skye Holly Native New Yorker with a global heart. Born, raised and is based in Brooklyn, where the Haitian old school and new school coexist with pride. Writing has been featured in The Canarsie Courier, The AFRican, and in many cultural and entrepreneurial projects.


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