Kendra Ross

Interview Highlights
Q: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you as a performing artist?
Everything is halted right now. I worked for a number of years in arts administration. My last job was working as a participant coordinator for BAM for a show that was supposed to happen at the end of April. That show is cancelled, so my employment is cancelled. I was going to have “Stoops” host an event in June. That probably won’t happen either, or will have to be pushed back. Personally, I find it hard to plan with the uncertainty of everything that’s happening right now. My life is at a stand still. I wait day by day to figure out what is next. It’s a roller coaster of, “I’m going to be fine - I’m an artist and we’ve been making pathways forever, so we will continue,” to, “Oh my God! What is happening? My life is over!” I don’t know what’s going to happen. Ultimately, I need to turn to faith and just say that, no matter what, everything will be okay. Things may shift and change, but you are a creator, so you will create a way.
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Kendra J. Ross is a dancer, choreographer, and community worker from Detroit, MI who now lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, NY. As a performer, Kendra has traveled the world dancing for Urban Bush Women, DJ Kid Koala, MBDance, Andrea E. Woods/Soulouworks, Monstah Black, Afaliah Tribune, Moving Spirits Dance Company, Oyu Oro, and Ase Dance Theater Collective. Kendra is currently a member of Movement of the People Dance Company. Her work has been featured as an Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Studios for Dance, BAX Space Grantee, Visiting Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dixon Place, Actors Fund Theater and Museu de Arte in Bahia, Brazil. Kendra is also the Founder/Director of a BedStuy based art platform called STooPS.