Ijeme Bare

I am a Nigerian contemporary dancer who didn’t start as early as I should have.... Now I’m learning and taking on every challenge that life throws at me....

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (2): No safe place

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (2): No safe place

Believe it or not, before contemporary dance took my heart, I was in love with ballet. I had found a safe space in the art. I ran to ballet when I was criticized for being too small or too skinny. But my first ever ballet class turned out to be the...

Body Dysmorphic Disorder(1): Why are you so different?

Body Dysmorphic Disorder(1): Why are you so different?

I grew up feeling very different from everyone. Very different from my siblings, different from the kids in my class. I always felt out of place. And I was constantly reminded of how different I was. Everyday, at some point, I heard questions like...

FLEXIBILITY 101: Focus Areas

FLEXIBILITY 101: Focus Areas

When I first started dancing, I had no clue where to start from. All I knew was how to do the splits (which I learnt in the most unhealthy way). Back then (a few years ago), I didn’t know which muscle to stretch to achieve a particular move. I...

Contemporary Dance Is Not…

Sometimes, it’s easy to tell what something is by knowing what it is not. In the dance community, I’ve discovered that there are so many definitions of contemporary dance that it has become a debate among choreographers and dancers as to...

The Race Against Time

My break wasn’t really a break. I was still keeping myself abreast with all the new techniques. It was so frustrating. I wanted to dance so bad but I wasn’t sure I could. The pain and shame I felt from not being ‘good enough’...

The Race Against Time: Look Around, Ijay

The alarm rang. I looked up at the clock. 5:05am. Too freaking early. I roll to the other side of my bed and begin a second round of sleep. What’s the point of this alarm sef? I wasn’t motivated to train anymore. My routine, after the...

The Race Against Time: Fear and Numbness

As I struggled to get up, my body trembled. I still had no clue what had happened, I was just in fear. Fear that I had used my own hands to destroy my career before it even began, fear that it was all over. I had been on the floor for 20 minutes...

The Race Against Time: Thoughts

The alarm rings and I struggle to open my eyes. I barely reach for my phone and put it on snooze before sleep overtakes me. In less than a second, it rings again. Okay okay, I’m up. I check the time, it’s 6:05am… I grudgingly get up from my...

Checking In

‘Hey! How are you holding up?’ I’ve not said those words aloud in a while. It’s probably been a month since I saw anyone. Feels weird… A week before the official lock-down in Nigeria, I was already at home, away from...

My dilemma

Is it just me or are you guys feeling the need to overachieve at this time? Like, you’ve been praying for days like these to get some extra work done and now that it’s finally here, there’s so much pressure to make absolute good use of it...

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