What is your passion?
Dance, yoga, and pilates
Tell Us About You?
I am a twenty-eight-year-old dancer originally from Dallas, Texas. Currently, I live in Washington, D.C. and work as a professional dancer, choreographer, and instructor. At the age of two, my mother placed me in dance classes as an alternative to traditional contact sports. I was born with an extremely rare eye condition, that made regular sports impossible for me. So, it was decided I would try dance classes, in hopes that it would improve my balance and coordination. I ended up falling in love with dance and continued until the age of eleven. In the years that followed, I took a break to explore some other things, but returned to dance my sophomore year of high school. The love affair began all over again and I have not stopped dancing. My need to further my knowledge in movement lead me to pursuing and receiving a B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Central Oklahoma. Opportunities have led me to performing, choreographing, and teaching in Texas, Washington, D.C. metro area, and various places around the United States.
Nothing else in my life can thrive without my personal well-being; thus, health of my mind, body, and soul is imperative to living my best life. Self-love practices such as of meditation, affirmations, journaling, therapy, and reading are daily for me. As well as always surrounding myself with family and close friends. For my physical body, I sustain a vegan diet, cross train (cardio, yoga, and Pilates), and restore with stretching and massages. Most important of all, I take dance classes that uplift me to be the best version of myself.
I have chosen to dance despite having a disability. The dance world was not created with people like me in mind. Every day of my life is spent breaking down barriers toward curating a more inclusive, accepting, and compassionate society. It is my goal to inspire and motivate others to take a risk, pursue their dreams, and make a difference in this world.
What do you advocate for?
As an African American with a disability, I have experienced a lack of diversity and inclusion firsthand. Both in and out of the dance studios. Systemic inequality in race, gender, sexuality, and capitalism have left our society crippled. Change cannot and will not come about by just making a social media post. Now is the time to take action. I do not have all the answers for how we should bring about change, but I do know that I have a voice. My artistic outlet gives me the ability to reach others through movement, technology, education, conversations, and unapologetically showing up as my authentic self. Everyone has a platform no matter how big or small. I intend on using mine to continue to push the boundaries of diversity and inclusivity in dance and society at large. I am an advocate of humanity. Diversity, inclusivity, and equality are what we all deserve as human beings.
Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?
A few years back, I sustained an injury to my right foot. The doctor highly suggested that I rest and take some time off from dancing. I tried everything to find relief from my pain, but nothing really worked. Following my doctor’s orders for the next several weeks, things really never changed with my foot. My injury had not worsened, but neither was it getting any better. Fear made me start to think that this was a career ending injury; the one that you hear so much about. Instagram came to my rescue, because one day I discovered The Apolla Performance. At first, I was really skeptical, and desperate to try anything that might help. My first pair of Infinite socks came in a few days later, after seeing the post and the rest was history. Within a few weeks, I was easing back into dancing again. Now almost four years later, I am injury free and dancing stronger than ever.
Apolla Performance saved my body, spirit, mind, and career. I believe in this brand with all of my heart and soul. Apolla has provided dancers with a way to properly care for their bodies. Dancers deserves longevity in the career, that they are so very passionate about; after all this is their heart’s desire. Apolla made this a reality for me and I want to make it a reality for everyone else. It would be an honor to advocate for a brand, that will forever have my trust, loyalty, and appreciation. It is my sincere hope to join the Apolla Performance family, which continue to make the world a better place.
To follow Devin: