Name? Quianna Simpson
What city are you from? Columbus, Ohio
When did you join Thiossane?
Original member; began with the company at age seven
When you think of Thiossane, what immediately comes to mind? What does Thiossane mean to you?
When I think of Thiossane, I think of family, community, togetherness, respect, and all the great makings of a quality life. I can’t imagine my life without Thiossane. I don’t think I would be as happy dancing somewhere else.
Of all the Thiossane values (appropriateness, respect, knowledge, adaptability, restraint, and excellence), which one do you feel the most during your time in the company? Why?
Adaptability. From small things like which spot I’m in in each dance, to what dance I’m in – as a life long member, it becomes important for me to be adaptable and contribute in the way that I am needed.
Respect. The process starts small like acknowledging the elders in the room when you arrive, to appreciating that other people are here to give their time.
What do you see as your role in Thiossane? (Dancer, drummer, other?)
Company Dancer and assisting with wardrobe, props, and choreography
What do you hope to bring to Thiossane as a dancer?
I’m awesome, so there’s that! I would like to be known for my work ethic and my passion for dancing.
What do you hope to accomplish in the next 15 years with Thiossane? How do you imagine the future of Thiossane?
Thiossane has been continuously growing and evolving. One of the roles that I hope to see the Institute serve is closing the gap between local African American communities and local migrant African communities. I also want to see Thiossane remain a stellar community-based program.