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Meet Jade Charon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jade Charon.

Jade, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born to a single mother in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My mom said the only way that she could get me to be quiet in the morning, while she got dressed for church was to play Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation. That’s when she knew that I had a passion for the arts. She said that I could dance before I could walk.

Therefore, at the age of five, my mom enrolled me in a dance class. Not only did I attend studio dance classes but I attended my church dance group. Therefore, I was introduced to this idea of using dance as a ministry from early on in my childhood– dance became a place to touch the lives of those who watched it.

Now, I have recently graduated from UCLA with my MFA in dance. I have created my own dancewear line, “3011 by Jade Charon” a dancewear line that creates leotards and activewear to promote body positivity for all body types with the hopes of eliminating body shaming.

I have also started my own 501c3, “By Jade Charon” which was birthed as a space to hold my creative projects, films, dance performances, festivals, and community workshops rooted in social justice and ministry.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, it has not been a smooth road. Being a Black artist, these last five years have been challenging with the deaths of Black and Brown’s people dying due to social justice issues, and then being presented with opportunities to create art. I have had to shift the majority of my focus to speak to these tragedies and find ways to offer hope. As well as everyday issues of having to sustain work to support myself and the art.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
3011 by Jade Charon- specializes in creating leotards that fit dancers with bigger busts. In particular young dancers who are more curvier than most. We are dedicated to sharing the body narratives of dancers across the world.

By Jade Charon- a multidisciplinary non-profit that produces dance performances, films, festivals, creative projects, and education workshops rooted in social justice to heal young girls of color.

The Gem Project:
In partnership with Signature Dance Company, True Skool, and Marquette Upward Bound Pre-college program, a 100 girls of color between the ages of 9-18 are invited to attend a series of workshops in dance, visual art, and social media training, with mental health roundtable discussions.

Restore Arts Festival Performance:
The festival closes with Restore Arts performance presented by By Jade Charon Dance Company. Emerging women of color artists will have a space to show choreography and films rooted in social justice.

The performance ends with a facilitated conversation between the audience, a panel of professionals, and performers to discuss healing in our neighborhoods.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I would like to tour the world with my company sharing performances through dance, film, and having conversations with audiences about improving our underserved neighborhoods.

I would like to get 3011 activewear in stores around the world and continue sharing the narratives about body diversity globally in dance and in the world.

Pricing:

  • $54 leotards
  • $20 hats

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Darrell Robinson, E Moncada

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