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"I Am Enough" is a ballet film which was later adapted for the stage at Lincoln Center 

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National Coming Out Day 2019

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If we’re living in an age where love is considered universal, why are we still only seeing the same, traditional portrayals of it?

Most of my childhood centered around ballet, and I aspired to be a professional dancer before the pressure and expectations became too much and I abruptly quit at 14. 


Similar to classical plays, ballets often 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. She often holds the role of damsel in distress while the prince holds the role of hero or protector. These stories, which are still being performed today, do not portray romance in a way that is relatable for a modern audience. In addition, despite there being so much LGBTQ representation in film and television, you saw next to none in ballet storytelling. 


For years I scored the internet to find any ounce of non-straight representation in classical ballet, and found little to none. I realized that ballet was stuck in the past, both in how the art was presented and how it felt unwelcoming to dancers who didn't fit the mold of perfection (i.e. dancers who are queer and of diverse body types and ethnic backgrounds.)


Finally, in 2019, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create the change I would have wanted to see as a young dancer.

I pitched my idea for an LGBTQ pas de deux to acclaimed choreographer Adriana Pierce and singer/songwriter Daphne Willis, who were both thrilled to participate. From there we brought on New York City Ballet soloist, Georgia Pazcoguin and Broadway dancer, Skye Mattox to star in the piece, which we shot at The YouTube Space in New York City.


Over $10,000 was raised by nearly 150 Indiegogo backers who believed in bringing this project to fruition, including renowned Emmy-winning directors including The Handmaid's Tale's Reed Morano and Saturday Night Live's Don Roy King.

After the video was released on Daphne Willis's YouTube Channel, what came after was a domino effect. More queer ballet dancers began to come out to share their experiences, support groups and initiatives were created, new creative works were made, and major news outlets like The Guardian and The New York Times covered the stories of queer dancers finally finding their voice.

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 (the largest live ticketed dance event in NYC since the start of the pandemic).


Ballet will always remain one of my favorite art forms. Though I am not a ballerina, I'm thrilled that I can still leave my mark on ballet history as a filmmaker. I'm humbled to say that my overall goal to create change and expand representation in ballet was achieved.

Director's Statement




Georgina Pazcoguin

Skye Mattox


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

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"I Am Enough" at Dance Against Cancer

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).

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).

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