Upliftment in the IABD audition space: With Nabachwa Ssensalo and Jamal Story


Live on CIUT 89.5 FM

Airing Date: December 21, 2022
Host/ Producer: Nicole Inica Hamilton


Assistant Production Manager/ Editor:  Amber Downie-Back

Featured Guest(s): With Nabachwa Ssensalo and Jamal Story

On this episode, International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) Audition Artistic Leads Nabachwa Ssensalo and Jamal Story discuss the audition space, measures of self-care prep for auditionees, and how the IABD is uplifting and providing opportunities through auditions for Blacks in dance. Learn more about the IABD auditions Here.

***The International Association of Blacks in Dance in partnership with dance Immersion will present the 33rd Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance under the theme: Globally Connected: What Does Our Tomorrow Hold? From January 25-29, 2023.  Learn more about the event Here

About Jamal Story:

A Los Angeles native, Jamal began serious training there at the Lula Washington Dance Theatre.  He holds dual degrees in Dance Performance and TV/Radio Communications from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he performed with Dallas Black Dance Theater and Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet among others. Later, Jamal danced with Donald Byrd/the Group, Madonna’s2001 Drowned World Tour, Complexions, and (as an aerialist and dancer) Cher’s Living Proof: The Farewell Tour.  He has since originated The Color Purple and Motown: the Musical on Broadway, serving as a dance captain on both.  An avid choreographer, Jamal has set works on several companies, taught as a full-time professor ad interim at the University of Missouri Kansas City, and sits on the NY Board of SAG- AFTRA as co-chair of the unions National Dance Committee.  In addition to his dance captainship on Cher’s Dressed to Kill Tour, Jamal continues his advocacy for educating young artists about the changing landscape of dance and has written two books, 12:34 and Toss in the Ether, both available on his website at www.jamalstory.com.  Additionally, Jamal is one-third of the host panel for Beyond the Thread, an on-line forum dedicated to unpacking and deconstructing conversations that happen on the social media threads in a more conversational way.

About Nabachwa Ssensalo:

Nabachwa Ssensalo was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She has trained with the Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT), the Alvin Ailey dance school, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Bella Lewitsky and Stefan Wenta. She found a way to tour professionally with LWDT for 10 years, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) for 15 years, serve as Rehearsal Coach for both, and finish her Economics degree at Occidental College as an Irvine Scholar in four years. In her “off” time from touring she judged for Midwest Starz and Encore dance competitions. Currently, she is a freelance artist and has appeared in The WizPoetry in Motion, Love Loss and What I Wore and Criminal Hearts, for which she received a DayTony for a leading role. Through LWDT and DCDC she has taught students and adults of all levels across the country including UCLA, University of Dayton, Denison University, Cedarville University and Wright State University. Her goal as a teacher is to encourage every student to learn something from each class and never stop growing. “Every class is equally an opportunity to challenge one’s technique and to peel off layers in order to release the authentic artist within.”

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