Premiering on National Coming Out Day 2019
The Dance Edit
The Dance Enthusiast
If we’re living in an age where love is considered universal, why
are we still only seeing the same, traditional portrayals of it?
As a former ballet dancer, I noticed that despite there being so much LGBTQ representation in film and television, you saw next to none in ballet storytelling. So many ballets center around romance, culminating with a grandiose pas de deux (a dance for two people) where the man spins the ballerina and lifts her over his head.
I realized that the reason was rooted in a gatekeeper mentality that kept ballet stuck in the past, in the same way that it often excluded people
of different body types and ethnic backgrounds.
I set out to create piece with the kind of representation
I would have wanted to see as a young girl.
My team included queer choreographer Adriana Pierce
and singer/songwriter Daphne Willis, whose song serves
as the backdrop with an inspiring message of self-love.
I think having LGBTQ+ collaborators added so much authenticity to a film portraying the collective experience of so many.
New York City Ballet soloist, Georgia Pazcoguin and Broadway
dancer, Skye Mattox, starred in the piece, which we shot
on a Red Epic at The YouTube Space in New York City.
Thank you to all of our generous Indiegogo backers, creative consultants, my dedicated producing team, forever faithful DP, visionary production designer, the amazing and talented crew, and my loved ones
for encouraging me to never give up on my crazy ideas.
On June 21, 2021, "I Am Enough" was adapted for the stage and performed at Lincoln Center for The American Cancer Society's Dance Against Cancer annual event (the largest live ticketed dance event in NYC since the start of the pandemic).
Victoria Duncan - Director | Executive Producer | Additional Editor
Adriana Pierce - Choreographer
Qinza Malik Khan - Producer
Sheldon Walker - Director of Photography
Lee Milby - Production Designer
Alexander Frasse - Editor
Kat Cameron - Line Producer
Pooja Chauhan - Development Producer
Cameron Dinwiddie - Associate Producer
Kimberly Moore - Associate Producer
Shivangani Suri - Assistant Director
Walter Alexander Perez - Production Assistant
Michelle (Ziyi) Yao - Production Assistant | Art PA
Marco Andre - Camera Operator
Xiaoyu Chen - 1st Assistant Camera
Benjamin Handel - 2nd Assistant Camera
Eren Dennis Gedikoglu - Gaffer
Lucas Mestrallet - Key Grip
John Patrick White - Swing | Art Production Assistant
Cassaundra Franklin - Art Director
Tetiana Glushchenko - Hair and Make-Up
Amanda Broll - Stylist | Art Production Assistant
Lucila Manara Benedit - Art Production Assistant
Emily Bailey - Colorist
Sarah Lynne Midkiff - Behind-The-Scenes Photographer + Videographer
Gwyneth Ong - Photo Editor + Graphic Designer
Daphne Willis - Singer/Songwriter "I Am Enough"
Ali VanHouten - Assistant to Daphne Willis
Dylan LoBue - YouTube Space Production Coordinator
Special thanks to:
-Our Indiegogo Backers
-The YouTube Space NY
-Ripley Grier Studios
-Sprung Floor Solutions
In July of 2021, I shot and edited a mini documentary on
Cortney Taylor-Key for Adriana Pierce's #QueerTheBallet
initiative (featured in the New York Times).