Today we’d like to introduce you to Desean Taber.
Desean, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
It is hard to sum my wild life into a brief walk through. I was adopted with my sister, (my life and my best friend), at 3 weeks old by the most amazing inspiring parents. They have taken me all over the world and taught me the power of love and giving. As a young child I was always dancing around. I couldn’t stop once music came on, and still cannot. I hear a song and I can feel happiness, or sadness, or want to move, I feel all these things very intensely.
I always wanted to be a dancer, and with tons of support from my parents, quit the many sports I was doing and became a full-time ballet student at the age of 12. I went to a school in CT, before being accepted into Miami City Ballet School. This at the age of 15 changed my life. I had to learn to take care of myself, and really fight for my dreams. Since being that scared 15-year-old away from home, I have traveled the world for ballet, and with ballet friends. I have learned and continue to learn so much from the world and its beautiful cultures. But, ballet is not a forgiving career, and I am continuing to learn every day what my body can do, and how to use it correctly. Ballet also gave me a voice. I was quite angry, and shy as a child until I began to dance. That’s when I found my voice, and my freedom. I am now 23, and honored and humbled to work for my dream company “The Boston Ballet”.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a professional Ballet dancer for Boston Ballet. I also am a freelance model. For both I just love to use my body to create things. It is such a freeing thing to move and express yourself with whatever is coming from within. As I stated previously ballet set me free. I was so angry as a child from hardships growing up, and feeling different from everyone else both physically, racially, and mentally. Ballet freed my soul from these thoughts. Ballet is the closest I’ll ever be to becoming music itself. I love and cannot live without music.
I believe people are moved by ballets. They see music in motion, and they feel different emotions. The best feeling is after I dance, and someone tells me that I gave them an unexplained emotion. Giving people happiness, sadness, joy, angry, the chance to feel is the best part of what I do.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Advice to other artists is always hard. Everyone is so unique. I was knowing that I wanted to be in an amazing company like Boston Ballet. I had to work very hard and fight as most artists do. I truly believe that if you want it just invest your all and sink or swim fight for your dream. So many people told me I’d never make it to where I am now, but they don’t get to decided that… I do.
A teacher once said to me, be unapologetic for your flaws. I wish I could have applied that earlier. You have to be happy with yourself. Confidence in what you do is so important, and you have to be your biggest support, because it is such a hard career path. One must be very strong minded.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I work full time for Boston Ballet. We have performances at the Boston Opera House starting in September 2018 all the way till June 10th 2019, of course at different times, and date. People can reach out to me personally about how to get involved. Or can come see shows, and support the ballet.
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- Instagram: @deseantaber