(HorizonPost.com) – A Manhattan-based dance company took center stage in the White House’s captivating annual Christmas video. However, the spotlight quickly shifted from their performance to their endorsement of controversial ideologies and left-wing causes, leading to widespread criticism.
The dance troupe Dorrance Dance, showcased a playful interpretation of The Nutcracker Suite, which received mixed reviews due to its unconventional aesthetic. While the performance appeared apolitical, the company’s website revealed a different narrative, promoting far-left policies that deviate from the Biden administration’s stance.
Michelle Dorrance, the founder of Dorrance Dance, acknowledged her privileged position as a white tap dancer with Black cultural influences. She emphasized the importance of antiracism work, recognizing the need to challenge the racist norms that have shaped American culture.
On their website, Dorrance Dance features an extensive “antiracism” section with links to various organizations associated with left-wing activism. Among them are Black Lives Matter and INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, which controversially includes an antisemitic slogan on its website.
Dorrance Dance also encourages visitors to engage in abolition work, providing essays on prison abolition and police abolitionism. The prison abolition movement advocates for eradicating immigration detention centers, city and county jails, and state and federal prisons, considering them as “social evils.”
Furthermore, the dance company directs users to organizations supporting the “defund the police” movements in several cities. Petitions calling for the reduction of NYPD funding and the release of black individuals incarcerated on marijuana-related charges are prominently featured.
In their “Educate Yourself” section, Dorrance Dance promotes the contentious “1619 Project” by The New York Times, which presents a controversial interpretation of the American Revolution, alleging that it was primarily fought to preserve slavery. Additionally, the company promotes books such as “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo and Ibram X. Kendi’s “antiracist reading list.”
Critics have raised concerns about these ideologies, with some questioning the accuracy and implications of the promoted narratives. Robin DiAngelo, in particular, has faced criticism for her sweeping claims that all white Americans are racist and products of white supremacy. Meanwhile, Ibram X. Kendi’s Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University has faced allegations of financial mismanagement.
While the dance routine in the White House Christmas video garnered attention, it remains unclear whether taxpayer funds were used to compensate Dorrance Dance for their performance. Nonetheless, the controversy surrounding the company’s endorsement of radical left-wing causes continues to spark debates and discussions on the intersection of art and politics.
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