Naim Johnson, age 11, will perform with Men in Motion on March 9 & 10 in ‘Beyond Belief: Youth Voices Through Dance.’
This is your first year dancing with Men in Motion. What do you like about it?
That you can dance and nobody will judge.
What does it mean to you to speak up or speak out?
Saying what you think and not caring what other people think about what you say. Sticking with your truth.
How do you speak up or speak out in your everyday life?
Really saying what I want and what I need and not just letting stuff go by.
What advice would you give to someone your same age who doesn’t feel confident to speak out or speak up?
You should just say what you want to say and get your point through and if people don’t agree with you, let them have their own beliefs. You can still say “I still understand my beliefs and I can still stick up for what I think is right.”
What is your favorite dance you’re performing in your upcoming show?
We’re dancing to ‘Freedom’ by Pharell. It’s one of the more faster-paced songs we’re working on.
What has been your biggest challenge in preparing for the performance?
Making sure that I am setting a good example for the younger kids and helping them get the dance done.
Why should people come see this performance?
You will see some really cool dancing and art shown through movement and dance. We had a really fun time doing these dances and we put in a lot of hard work and energy working on the dances. I think you will like them.
You can see Naim and his fellow Men in Motion dancers perform on March 9 & 10 in Beyond Belief: Youth Voices Through Dance.