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Luam Keflezgy. Credit: Karston Tannis/@SkinnyWasHere

Choreographer Luam Keflezgy On How To Overcome The Stigma Of Arts as a Career In African Families

"I choreographed the power of the women in my culture into a dance performed by the biggest force in music. It was my way of reconciling my departure of what my culture expected of me (medicine) with a path they didn't understand (dance). And I did it in a way that would make them proud and take ownership." - Luam Keflezgy

Luam Keflezgy knows her body. She knows what angles will catch best in the flash of a photographer's lens, what coral tones will highlight her skin, what movement will make the black ringlets of her hair fall mysteriously over her face. She's a master of motion, the precision and care she takes to create stories through the body no doubt attributed to her medical school background. Her natural aptitude for dance is enough on its own, but with a touch of science about the human body, Keflezgy's choreography stands in a universe by itself.

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