Recently me and my sister (negotiationofspace, join our facebook group) took part in the Toni and Guy Break Through Team's 'graduation' show at the academy in London. Fortunately we were introduced to Darren Black and he kindly took some photos for us.
While shooting on the roof of the academy Darren asked me what I do and when I replied that I was a dancer (its taken me a while to get to the stage where I can just say 'I'm a dancer' and not..'er, well, I'm at a dance school..') he then asked me who was my icon.
That flummoxed me. No one has ever asked me that before. Normos ask what contemporary dance is and dance related people ask me about which companies I like but no one has ever asked me who my dance icon is.
I couldn't answer him. I didn't have one. I have never been a person who sees celebrities as idols. There are so many people that I admire within the dance world, there are too many people to pick just one.
The word 'idol' also suggest thats something is unattainable and distant. Something to admire and worship because you will never achieve it. I find it hard to put people on that level because I feel its unnecessary, nobody is perfect. I once remember being in a class taught by Ron K Brown in NYC. It was a packed class and at the end people were practically kissing his feet. And I thought it was silly. Yes, he is very special but he's only human.
I have been fortunate to meet a lot of very driven, knowledgeable and generous people, from whom I have learnt a great deal. These are the people who inspire me. But luckily for me they are friends and teachers, not idols, so in fact there is nothing distant or unattainable about the people that inspire me. They are everyday idols.