Simone Stevens

Interview Highlights
Q: Do you believe dance can be a platform for social justice topics? If so, how? and/or Have you used your art form to make a difference?
Yes. First of all, it depends who is telling the story. I think that is a direct way you are able to reach so many people, by not having one race or just one ‘look’ onstage.You’re able to portray these stories through different vessels that one person alone can not tell but if you tell it collectively it will have a larger impact.

Q: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you as a performing artist?
Cerqua started the week before everything shut down. We were in rehearsal one week before we had to cancel. We may go back next week but it’s not looking likely, so everything is just on hold. Also because of that I work at Trader Joe’s and I still have to go to work. It has been emotionally draining. I feel like I am kind of starting to get into a routine again — a new normal, I guess. I have time now to sit and think. I am very tired after work — I am full time now because they need people to work at Trader Joe’s. I don’t have the space to move, which is frustrating. I have had time to internally process and I have been writing again to process in a different way.
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Simone Stevens, an Atlanta native, received her BA in Dance and Minor in Anthropology from Kennesaw State University in July 2017. One year post grad, Stevens moved to Chicago to train on scholarship at the Lou Conte Dance Studio. Stevens has performed works by Alice Klock, Joshua Peugh, Alysia Johnson, and Hanna Brictson among others. She has also performed as a company member with Katlin Bourgeois's Ensemble180. She is currently in her first season with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater.