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Inside the artist: Ellie Richmond


pre-show makeup


Pre-show huddle/pep-talk, led by Ellie


“love your body the way your mother loved your baby feet”

“My inspiration for “Secure” came from my own life- it was based off my own battles with body dysmorphia, self hate, and even my eating disorder. A lot of these things I’m still coming to terms with, but as hard as it was, I thought dancing to something as powerful as “Body Love” was a step I needed to take in order to make progress- in order to at least acknowledge it. It was more for myself than anyone else, as well as everyone who has dealt with similar feelings. I had always imagined doing a dance to “Body Love” and this year I was inspired by the people I was surrounded by in dance, and in life, and the ones I trusted enough to be in the piece.”


“I know girls that wonder if they’re disaster and sexy enough to fit in”


“You are worth more than any naked body could proclaim in the shadows”

” At first I choreographed using myself, and by myself. I later figured out that it felt more comfortable using the dancers I had and choreographing on them, allowing them to play with some movements, and adjusting it to their styles. Choreographing off of other people’s energy was definitely more successful since it slowly became more expressive person to person. It wasn’t until the last rehearsal that I told them my story surrounding the piece; I asked them to find their own personal connection with the dance in any way they could which really helped make my vision come true.”


“Our bodies deserve more than to be war-torn and collateral”


“Touch yourself with a purpose, your body is the most beautiful royal”

“The most memorable part of my dance was the section to the words “love your body the way your mother loved your baby feet.” During that section I had one dancer in the center with eight other dancers around her in an arch. That part meant the most to me since it felt the most authentic. Everyone interpreted the movement as their own so it was telling their own story and encompassing their own viewpoints, and feelings. It was a very intimate part of my dance and almost exposing, but that’s what I liked about it.”​


“You are a goddamn tree stump with leaves sprouting out.

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