I know there are certain things I can’t change. I don’t see those as bad things. I see them as things that make me stand out and make me different and make me an asset in certain situations.—Antuan Byers
Rejection, Breakdowns, and Using Dance as a Tool for Social Change
Antuan Byers is a dancer, a teacher, and a choreographer. He’s performed with many dance companies including the Washington National Ballet, Ailey II, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet as well as his own company, the Antuan Byers Project. Antuan graduates from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program this May. He lives in New York City.
“I’ve dealt with rejection in this industry and for me I had to step away as a form of protection for myself. I had to believe in myself first.
I really had to step away and say that I can’t expect other people to believe in me if I don’t believe in myself. Now I’m at the point where I know myself. I’m willing to work hard and grow but I’m not necessarily willing to change myself in order to fit a certain situation.
I try to look at the things that I have that make me special and that’s what I ride on, that’s what I feed myself.’” – Antuan Byers