Din Hudson-Mustafa, age 12, will perform with GLOW in Motion on March 9 & 10 in ‘Beyond Belief: Youth Voices Through Dance.’
What does it mean to you to share your voice and speak out?
It means a lot, especially since I’m a kid and kids don’t get a lot of say. When you’re a kid people act like what you say doesn’t mean anything.
What is something that you believe in really strongly that you would speak out about no matter what?
I want to stop people believing that all Muslims are terrorists because they’re not and I want to stop racism — that’s really big everywhere.
Do you have any experience speaking up or correcting people when they make mistaken assumptions about Muslims or about Black people?
This girl in my class said that she didn’t really trust Muslims because she thinks they’re all terrorists and I told her that they’re not. I told her that it’s not good to assume.
What is your favorite piece to perform in the show and why?
I like Hum Along because it’s really fun and you can just be yourself.
What has been your biggest challenge in preparing for this show?
Confidence. Sometimes I might mess up or I might forget something and I feel like I don’t have the movement. I feel like I could tell myself things like “I will get this” or “I’ll have it soon” more often to boost my confidence.
Why should people come see this show?
I think it’s kind of informational, for us to get out there and have fun with each other. It shows that this is what you can do when you open up.
You can see Din and her fellow GLOW in Motion dancers perform on March 9 & 10 in Beyond Belief: Youth Voices Through Dance.