Yohannes Parsons, age 11, will perform with Men in Motion on March 9 & 10 in ‘Beyond Belief: Youth Voices Through Dance.’
So this is your first year at Moving in the Spirit. What do you think about it?
It’s fun. I like the teachers — they’re funny and nice. Sometimes a little strict, but still nice. And I like the choreography a lot. You have to do your best and if you don’t remember the choreography, others will help you.
What does it mean to you to to speak up and share your voice?
It means to help others become better and to be a great leader and a good person.
How do you speak up or speak out in your everyday life?
I help others. Like, I help my mom with cooking, I help with fixing things, and I help move stuff. I also help out in Men in Motion. I help others get in the right position and tell them what choreography we’re doing.
How do you help other young people like you speak out, even when they’re afraid?
I give them comfort, and I’ll be like a leader or a big brother. I tell them there’s nothing to be afraid of, because you’re not going to get in trouble. You’re just saying your opinion of whatever topic you’re talking about.
What is your favorite dance to perform in the upcoming show?
I like ‘Stand by Me’ because it shows emotion and life. Everyone in ‘Stand by Me’ is connected, because we’re all happy when we’re performing it.
What has been your biggest challenge in preparing for this performance, and how have you overcome it?
Remembering all the choreography. I practice at home, and now I remember everything.
Why should people come see the upcoming show?
You’re raising money to help us dance so everyone can have a good time. You will feel more lively and happy while you’re watching the show, and it is going to encourage you to probably put your children in this dance program.
You can see Yohannes and his fellow Men in Motion dancers perform on March 9 & 10 in Beyond Belief: Youth Voices Through Dance.