A reputable choreographer and dancer, Vivake knows exactly why he first started dancing–and in many ways, it was to save his life. As he reveals, “Growing up, I was depressed because being gay was unacceptable–sometimes it still is…”
At 21, graduating from college and coming out of depression, I found dance. And when I found dance, I found the stage. For me, that was a moment of truth. I found that’s where I belong, that my story can be told on stage. So for me, it’s more than just dance. It’s a way for me to express myself to the world just by showing my soul in the way I move.”
Few people need to be sold on the power of dance, which is why Vivake wants men of all ages, especially the younger generations, to experiment with dance. He explains, “I want you, as a young boy, to experiment with dance. You can find who you are through a classroom, performing on stage, developing skills from your ballet teacher, from your hip hop teacher, from your jazz teacher…
There’s so much growth inside a dance studio. There is no limitation. There is no fear. It’s for you to find who you are. A space to explore.” And Vivake knows this because it is exactly what it was for him.