Recently an acquaintance who follows my work approached me after a dance class (I was smiling pretty big) and said, “So are you just happy ALL the time?”
The Internet is weird. You get glimpses of slices of curated moments of lives and then your brain fills in the monumental gaps with more of the same. And since I usually get real excited when sharing the things I make with you guys, you might imagine my face is a composite of the giddy expressions flitting across my instagram feed.
But happy all the time? That’d be boring as shit.
And those things I make? They wouldn’t get made if I wasn’t consistently propelled forward by a blessed unrest + extreme nostalgia for the indivisible consciousness we came from.
AND I wouldn’t be certain that people would drink up the medicine of music + movement like water in the desert if it hadn’t saved my own ass ten thousand times.
I create the best art when I’ve got some grit in my palette, and the key is this:
the discipline to take the raw material of our lives and turn it into something beautiful.
My goal is not happiness.
My goal is freedom:
the ability to be an honest response to what’s real inside + out,
and then make magic out of it.
To live my art
To be my wild
To dance my truest dance.
Now you dance yours.
Top photo by Ali Kaukas of Elena Meta.
Founder of The Get Down, Tasha Blank lives in service of Dance, which, when done real, is the quickest path to love in the here + now. She creates events that disrupt the status quo by injecting incredible beats with the intention to let wild our most liberated badassery. Her DJ sets meet you in the moment, and invite you on a physio-sonic trip into a newer, bigger you. Her weekly emails deliver extraordinary beats to thousands of music-hungry dancing maniacs. Sign up at tashablank.com.