Rainna Brown founded Komansé Dance Theater in 2018. Brown works with more than 20 dancers.
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Rainna Brown founded Komansé Dance Theater in 2018. Brown works with more than 20 dancers.

Sit-ins, marches and rallies often come to mind when people think of activism. Atlanta choreographer and dancer Raianna Brown has another spin on it. In 2016, she gained attention online for kneeling during a college football game. Back then, she was a 22-year old member of the Goldrush dance team at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Now, Brown is continuing her advocacy with movement. She visited “On Second Thought” to talk about her new dance production, “Skid.” It’s a celebration of the vulnerability and strength of humanity. Komansé Dance Theater takes a look at homelessness and gentrification in the metro Atlanta area and beyond. 

 "On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott speaks with Raianna Brown.

"Skid" opens at Georgia Tech's Ferst Center Jan. 25 and Jan. 26.

 

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Brown is an Atlanta native, and began studying dance at the Spelman Summer Dance Institute in her youth.
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Brown is an Atlanta native, and began studying dance at the Spelman Summer Dance Institute in her youth.
Brown trained at Price Performing Arts Center in Atlanta.
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Brown trained at Price Performing Arts Center in Atlanta.
Brown pictured with "On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott.
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Brown pictured with "On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott.