Kareem Best

Interview Highlights
Q: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you as a performing artist?
...On the flip side, it is time to be still and rest. This has opened time to investigate what else I could be doing and I can use this time to grow not only as a dancer but as me. As a full artist both inside and outside the studio. I can dig into my true values and look at what I want to do for the community that feeds me so much. I have been working on a non-profit and now I have time to really put into it. With this still time it's all I can think about. After talking to some people in Vegas, I have decided that with their approval and people willing to work with me, I am going to go along with this new process. It has burst a different way of investigating how I operate in dance.

Q: Using the idea of “worldmaking” how do you imagine the performing arts world after the pandemic?
In my dream post COVID-19 world, I want there to be more accessibility to the art form. When I say that, I mean accessibility at its purest and best. Also, I wish for the time to ignite a fire in the arts community that forces us to be even more active than we are now. I wish to discuss the longevity of the arts when we talk about funding and to do so in a united way. We have to come together in order to create funding for the arts together. It may be trying to create an organization like International Association for Blacks in Dance (IBD), which now many companies can benefit from. A concept like that. We need to collaborate and bring in each other to have a stronger basis.
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Kareem Best a native of Baltimore began his training in ballet at Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University under the direction of Barbara Weisberger. From there he attended Carver Center for the Arts and Technology where he worked with master teacher Stephanie Powell. He has attended intensives like Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance theatre, Joffrey Ballet , and Philadanco under scholarship . Kareem recently moved to Vegas from Philadelphia where he received his BFA at the University of the arts with a focus in dance and danced with The Philadelphia Dance Company “Philadanco” training company D2. He is currently in his first season with Contemporary West Dance Theatre.