Javodrick Smith graduated from Benjamin E. Mays High School in Atlanta, Georgia in May 2017. He will attend Georgia State University, in the fall, where he plants to study Theater Performance. Javodrick was originally introduced to the ACT-SO program by his church and NAACP member, Dr. Johnson, and he has not looked back since. He competed at the 2017 local Atlanta ACT-SO branch competition in the Modern Dance and Contemporary Dance categories. He received a gold medal for his contemporary dance piece titled, How I Feel About Y’all, performed to Childish Gambino’s song, Me and Your Mama. He also received a gold medal for his modern dance piece titled, Time. Due to his accomplishments at the local competition, Javodrick has advanced to the national competition in Baltimore, Maryland this upcoming July!
Javodrick competed in the 2016 local Atlanta ACT-SO branch competition, where he placed as a gold medalist in the Contemporary Dance category. This accolade gave him the opportunity to travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to perform at the national competition. Although he did not receive any medals on the national stage, he danced with creative director, choreographer, and actor, Anthony Burrell at the closing ceremony, along with other amazing dancers across the country.
Three Words to Describe Feelings About National Competition
Anxious, confident and energetic. Javodrick feels anxious because he cannot wait to compete nationally and meet new, wonderful people to exchange stories with. He feels confident because he believes that whenever someone is competing on a large platform, they cannot be scared to perform to the best of their ability and give it their all. Lastly, Javodrick feels energetic, because when competing at an event of this caliber, not only does one have to prepare oneself mentally, but also physically. When his performance time arrives, he plans to exhibit all of the energy in the world from every power plant there is, because “…Positive energy is always great to have in the room.”
Nerves & Excitement
Javodrick feels far less pressure competing at this year’s national competition than he did last year. He is more comfortable interacting with others and captivating them with his incredible story. Although he has been here before, he is still nervous about arriving to Baltimore on time: “Time always seems to be an issue these days, and I definitely want time to be on my side.” Javodrick is looking forward to meeting different people and dancing with new and old friends that he has met at the national competition. He would also love to gain exposure in the entertainment world and be able to dance with other amazing and talented artists.
“If you have a story to tell, then tell it. In this world, everyone has their own genetic composition, and we all have something unique about us. We need people like you to keep ideas flowing.” – Javodrick Smith
We wish you the best of luck, Javodrick, in the 2017 national competition!