What is Jellybean Dance Collective?

Jellybean Dance Collective is a group of independent collaborating artists from the state of Alabama. This home grown collective strives to move, craft, and tell stories through dance to knit together a community and forge our identity in humanity.
— Victoria Niblett, Founder
The Jellybean Dance Collective is named such for a variety of different reasons, and of course is a nod to the whimsy and variance of the candy and my affinity for sweets. However, the name struck inspiration most significantly from Zelda Fitzgerald, an Alabama native, the original flapper of the Roaring 20s, and wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, that is said to have performed in a dance group called “The Jellybeans.”

Later in Zelda’s life, she is rumored to have also co-written her husband’s short story, “The Jelly Bean” for Tales of the Jazz Age. The jellybean’s appearance in American colloquialisms and slang dates all the way back to the 19th century, and as a history and literature lover, I thought there was nothing that fit more perfectly my vision for innovative storytelling through the universal language of dance.

Three Ballerinas: A Moving Sketch

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The Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series is a project of Jellybean Dance Collective for the Alabama Bicentennial celebration. As part of this series, Jellybean Dance Collective will present Three Ballerinas: A Moving Sketch which is an expansion on the project’s first ever presentation, Chapter One: Zelda Fitzgerald.

Three Ballerinas is a 1933 sketch by Alabama native Zelda Fitzgerald, an artist, dancer, painter, writer, and icon of the Jazz Age. The Jellybean Dance Collective interprets the three figures seen in Zelda's sketch to represent the three facets of a singular entity: mind, body, and spirit. The trio on Zelda's page moves in an intricate dance of identity expression based on three parts of one whole. While this performance's narrative draws heavily on Zelda's own experience with the coexisting of mind, body, and spirit in a singular self, this story is a universal one.

Each of us understands the journeys between the harmony and discord of our three selves and this direct impact on identity expression, as well as the experience of both the internal and external worlds.

This work is performed in honor of Zelda Fitzgerald and hopes to promote the truth surrounding her legacy as well as her own contributions to the artistic realm. Ultimately though, this work wishes to tell Zelda's story in a way that makes each of us realize the importance of creating and telling stories of our own.

Entrance to each performance is by donation that will go straight to the collective's journey to France for their performance at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference, and the funding of future community performances and initiatives.

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