Indyweek article on I promise

I Promise Snippets

“spaced more than twenty feet apart, dancers Ay-Jaye Nelson and Majid Bastani lean forward and reach toward each other. Tension builds as they exchange longing looks before they run into a fierce embrace. But, rather than parting, their hug only intensifies in the moments that follow. As the dancers intimately grapple at center stage, each desperately stretches his arms behind and beyond his partner, toward two dancers who are now reaching out from opposite corners of the stage.” Continue reading “Indyweek article on I promise”

A Day in the Life: Dana

“Art should not please. On the contrary. Art has to show where it hurts in our societies, in our world. We urgently need the courage back to pick up this role of disturbers again.” – Frie Leysen

I joined ShaLeigh Dance Works in 2013 and as the company has grown, so has my capacity to delve more deeply into the stories my body holds. As a mover, working with ShaLeigh is a collaborative relationship like no other I’ve experienced. I’m honored to be in this work and to share it with you.

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A Day in the Life: AJ

“The process for not only this current work, I Promise, but for the company ShaLeigh Dance Works as a whole, has been a process of both growth, understanding, and one of deeper connection and feeling. I can definitely say that throughout the rehearsal process and studying with a more deeper intention, I’ve been able to find a connection to my body and inner being that is honestly a duality of expansiveness but also struggle. As once you begin searching for a deeper connection and see that bit of light, you want to keep digging for a more and more, and that’s where the real work begins. Once you find even the slightest hint of light that’s there, you hold on to it. You carry it everywhere with you. It’s also genuinely an amazing feeling when the whole of everyone is on that same journey together. You can feel it. It resonates through the space, through out bodies, and spoken through our movement. Almost as if we made a silent promise to everyone in the room.”


A ginormous thank you to our remarkable Committee Members!

ShaLeigh Dance Works is extremely grateful to our absolutely treasured Inaugural Gala Committee members for their endless generosity and support! This event could not have happened without them and their participation! Revolutionaries in the Dark was our very first fundraising initiative and our incredible volunteer committee came together to hold my hand, cheer me on, and hit the ground running for this incredible fundraising feat.

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A note from the Artistic Director


On November 3rd, 2017 we held our inaugural fundraising Gala, Revolutionaries in the Dark at our beloved Reality Ministries in Durham, NC. We were honored by so many coming together to support us and our mission to bring socially conscious work and outreach programs to our community. Our work is dedicated to inclusivity, multiculturalism and diversity. We do this work because we believe art does not just reflect the cultural conditions of our time, but creates the potential to change those conditions. We know that artists and creative communities have always been a part of the solution. 25 local businesses, 16 individual donors, 13 volunteer committee members, 12 performance artists & groups, and nearly 100 attendees joined forces for this special cause. One behalf of myself and everyone at ShaLeigh Dance Works, we thank each and everyone of you for your unwavering support of our organization and cause!

With great appreciation and admiration for all you do,
ShaLeigh Comerford

Huge thanks to @RadicalPresence for these gorgeous clips!