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Alvin Ailey dancer discusses upcoming performance at TPAC

Constance Stamatiou will show audiences why dance is her one true voice when she performs at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center alongside the Alvin Ailey touring company. 

The internationally acclaimed Alvin Ailey dance company, including Stamatiou, will perform a variety of pieces at TPAC from February 28-29. The company of 32 dancers will also present Ailey’s masterpiece, ‘Revelations,’ which explores the different highs and lows of human emotion using African-American spirituals, song-sermons and gospel/blues music. 

As a child, Stamatiou found her voice and emotional expression through the power of dance and instantly knew she wanted to be a performer. 

“I wasn’t very vocal as a child when it came to speaking and using my voice. Dance was very much so an outlet for me,” said Stamatiou. “You’re constantly using your mind to imagine things and explore things and feelings and I think it makes people a little more aware of their surroundings and I think it opens their heart more to things that are considered different.”

She discovered the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater at a very young age and instantly knew she wanted to be part of this company when it overjoyed her spirit. 

“Alvin Ailey’s works are very much about his blood memories and I think people gravitate towards this company and his pieces because it’s something they can relate to,” said Stamatiou.

There was a point in her life when she stopped dancing to start a family. After her pregnancy, not being a full-time dancer wasn’t feeding her soul and she knew she needed to come back.

With the support of her family, she did just that and joined Ailey again. 

She “became whole” when she returned to the company.

The company performs at TPAC February 28-29, 2020. Visit TPAC.org for more information.

Belmont students can use the ticket code ‘STUDENTS’ to gain access to $20 seats for both performances.

This article written by Tina James. Photo by Andrew Eccles.

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