November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving Day Blog

Thanksgiving may mean many different things, depending on who you ask. Still, for me, it serves as an opportunity to do what the title requests — give thanks for who and what is in your life, knowing that an attitude of gratitude is the only way to ensure such blessings will continue.

Most years, we think of our blessings and sacrifices as conceptual, but this year, Thanksgiving has a special significance. The entire planet is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lives and livelihoods lost as we have witnessed the most tragic shock in generations. Despite this, we have a common hope. Throughout 2020, despite our fears, we have supported each other, encouraged each other, and stood with each other.

I am supremely grateful for every member of Eryc Taylor Dance: dancers, collaborators, composers, photographers, and my fantastic admin team. Mallory, Madalyn, Cindy, Kim, without you, ETD would not have made it to November, and you give me hope. We’ve all stood by each other as a company, and our art has kept us together as a family.

If 2020 has taught me anything, it’s not to take anything for granted and to cherish every day. I feel fortunate for our meaningful programs and for those who make them possible. Thank you to The Marta Heflin Foundation, Dance/NYC Coronavirus Relief Fund, PCMH, Pentacle Arts, The Sills Foundation, and our patrons, family, and friends who continue to bless us and be our guardian angels.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to feel this holiday in a new way and strive to remember it next year, and every year after that, when we’re able to dance altogether, be in a theater, and at the table again.¬†And to those who now hunger because of the pandemic, may we ourselves now bring food. Click here to offset the horrifying epidemic of hunger that has beset America since the pandemic began. If we do anything at all to help the hungry get food, our own will taste much better today.

I wish everyone a blessed holiday and to never give up hope.

With gratitude,

Eryc Taylor



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