By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer
It is pretty much general consensus that the federal shutdown was a bad idea for everyone, but it did spark the creativity and ingenuity of many people trying to figure out new ways to survive and thrive even when their government may have let them down. Malaika Tate-Scott, and her nine-year-old daughter Milah are two such people.
Tate-Scott had been dancing and teaching in the D.M.V. area for 12 years and in 2015 she wanted to stop working at studios and break out on her own. She started a company, but like many business ventures, things didn’t necessarily pan out.
“It didn’t go so well,” Scott admitted. “It was kind of a flop.”
Fast forward to this past December however, when Scott found out her husband, a FEMA Emergency Specialist had been furloughed, “I felt the urgency to reemerge in this dance world and figure out how do I share this passion again.”
At the same time her daughter was taking a hip-hop dance class on her own. She noticed her daughter was very shy and decided to work with her. They practiced together and learned the “Level Up” routine made famous by singer/dancer Ciara.
“We had some practices and had some fun,” Scott said. It was only when her daughter came back to her, hugged, her and expressed how much she really enjoyed working with her mother that the proverbial light bulb blinked to life.
“That was the first time I ever heard her say that about dance,” Scott said. She asked her daughter if she would like to work on some classes together. She didn’t know how her child would react, but her enthusiasm pushed them both forward.
“Me and my daughter are business partners,” Tate-Scott said.
Infinite Artistic Movement was born. Their first “Dance and Bond” workshop this past Sunday was already sold out. The class is about an hour long and encourages participants to perform, bond and laugh with each other. The groups are open to all age groups, however little ones may go at a difference pace, Scott said.
In addition to the dance classes, the younger Scott has her own company BFLY by Milah Marie. She sells inspirational buttons, book charms and bookbag bling for girls after the workshops.
Scott also teaches a “Spark Your Fire” class for adult women, offering an opportunity for friends to come and bond over dance.
Her method of teaching complex moves is catering to the student with more questions, taking time to make sure everyone is at the same level of understanding before moving on.
“A lot of times instructors cater to the students that pick it up the quickest,” Scott said. But her hope is that everyone is learning and having a good time no matter their skill level.
Scott stresses a loving and nurturing environment with a pivotal rule for all: No matter what just keep dancing.
“It applies to life,” Scott said. “There will be times when you don’t know the next step but you keep moving anyway.”
For more information on all the class offerings visit their website at https://www.letsmovetooprogram.com/