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HERstory in Black: Jasmyn Fyffe

In honour of Black History month, CBC brings you stories from HERstory in Black, a Toronto-based digital photo series profiling 150 black women from the GTA and other parts of Ontario by How She Hustles, a network of 5,000 diverse women.

Jasmyn Fyffe is an independent dance artist, choreographer and teacher in Toronto.

Toronto dancer and choreographer Jasmyn Fyffe is among 150 black women from the GTA featured in a Toronto-based digital-photo series called HERstory in Black. (Leilah Dhore)

In honour of Black History month, CBC brings you stories from HERstory in Black, a Toronto-based digital photo series profiling 150 black women from the GTA and other parts of Ontario by How She Hustles, a network of 5,000 diverse women.

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Name: Jasmyn Fyffe

What she does: Jasmyn Fyffe is an independent dance artist, choreographer and teacher in Toronto.

Jasmyn Fyffe is an independent dance artist, choreographer and teacher in Toronto. 3:09

When did you start dancing?

Jasmyn Fyffe: I started dancing when I was six years old training in African-Caribbean dance and ballet. And then just went into soccer, track and field and basketball, those were my focuses in high school. But when I started dancing again and actually training I was like, 'Wow,' I just couldn't think of anything else I wanted to do as a profession, but dance and make dances. As a performer, how can I speak to my audience? How can I speak to their humanity? How can I make that connection? That's what is really important to me. I really don't know what I would do if I didn't move and dance and create. I wouldn't be the person I am. I wouldn't be happy. I wouldn't be grounded.

d'bi young anitafrika is among 150 black women from the GTA featured in a digital-photo series called HERstory in Black. (Ebti Nabag)