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Meet Sarah Taborga of Dear Queer Dancer in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Taborga.

Sarah Taborga, a flaming lesbihonest from the SF Bay Area found that the most important change to her spiral of bad decision-making in her 20s was her return to dancing. Sarah noted that dancing not only put her back into her body and all that other fun stuff that comes with dance, but that it connected her to a knowing of herself and others that she never had. “There’s something about dance that we have yet to simmer in enough to extract all its juicy wisdoms and potentials,” she said to herself.

Sarah made Dear Queer Dancer to be the gay spaceship that would orbit the worlds of LGBT dancers far and wide. Her first project within DQD was to document a lesbian couple and a trans man competing at the (very hetero) World Latin Dance Cup in 2018. Her project focused on their journeys as much as her own.

“This is not just their story or just mine, this is our story”
-quote from Dear Queer Dancer documentary.

In early 2019, Dear Queer Dancer evolved from a documentary film into a documentary series of LGBT dancers and their journeys into radical self-acceptance. Sarah began interviewing and dancing alongside many greats including an elderly queer energy worker who helps students connect through ballroom dance, a lesbian bachata couple breaking down barriers in the Latin dance scene, and a two-spirit Father of a vogue house who incorporates ancestral weaving into his teachings and doctoral thesis.

In 2020, Dear Queer Dancer will release six new episodes in the series!

Has it been a smooth road?
Creating DQD has been anything but easy. My most obvious challenge was having the courage to be seen. Filmmaking is intimate, and making content where you are in front of the camera is intimacy on steroids. Another big challenge has been understanding that my liberation through dance is also connected to others….meaning when I help myself and can share that energy, that others are being helped too.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Dear Queer Dancer – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Dear Queer Dancer is about finding home and connection in our own bodies and in dance communities as queer people who are fighting shame, abandonment, and self-hate. In the series, I portray my own journey through dance as I dive deep with other LGBT dancers and sample their dance styles alongside them.

Dear Queer Dancer is a vibe of its own because each episode situates the viewer deeply with the dancers and with my own journey. Yes, it’s a show about dance, but more importantly, it’s a show about connection, about family, and about finding home inside yourself.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
When you’re in LA you could spill an over-priced latte and it splashes on a creative who’s hustling hard on their dreams. I love how the city is bustling with imaginative artists, art lovers, and art investors. What I like least about LA is that you could spill the same over-priced latte and it’ll ruin your day. It’ll ruin your day because you’ve been battling the traffic, the consistent need to out-perform yourself, and the absolute lack of parking to the point that one more thing going wrong can make you lose your mind!

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