For dancer Anthony Wade, he has lived a journey of connections, hope, fear, pain, relief and everything that embodies what life can throw at one. Dance has been the wings to help him soar thus far in his career. Since a toddler, Wade had to witness tragedy. He was adopted at the age of two, where his mother was murdered by the hands of his father. Despite little memory of his birth parents, Wade feels as though his mother is there beside him every time he dances.“She lifts me up with every leap and is the wind beneath my wings,” said Wade. Wade’s father, who is now imprisoned for the brutal murder of his spouse, was a boxer. “If the incident withmy mother would have never happened, I never would have been introduced to the world of dance. I would have been a boxer.” Wade’s first experience with dance came when he watched his older sisters’ dance recitals. At the age of four, Wade watched his six and seven year old sisters performances with a gleaming eye. He turns to his mother and declares “I want to do that.” Patience was key for Wade as he had to wait three years for his first dance class. In Wilmington, Delaware, Wade started his career at the Anna Marie dance studio. After moving to Texas, he trained at Atlington Heights High School’s dance program and dance concept.
His dance career took a halt when he was twelve. As his parents underwent divorce, Wade was unable to be registered for dance. He did not let this end his dance journey, rather it was a speed bump. Even though he has mounted a solemn career, Wade believes he is not where he should be due to the break. He started back up at the age of sixteen and has continued since. Besides dance, Wade had also been involved with a lot of other sports. At Atlington Heights, he was the captain of the soccer team and led them to their first championship. Soccer was his favorite sport, but he also played basketball, football, volleyball and baseball. Musically, Wade played piano and was a part of his school’s choir.The now 21-year old has already had a successful career. At the age of 18, he fulfilled his long dream of becoming a dancer at Six Flags. He now works with the Terrance M Johnson dance project. Wade has also worked with Sonny Leo, Angela Bates, Rachal Wade, Joy Bolinger, Rose Miller, Webster Dean, Hannah Requa, Kim Jones, Milton Miles and Richard Freeman. The growing pains throughout Anthony Wade’s life have been mental rather than physical. Despite the troubles he has faced in his career, his journey and his life, Wade believes his experiences has shaped him to be who he is and helped him achieve the success he has had today. Wade’s goals today are to finish his college degree in dance and expand to a bigger company, such as the Dallas Black Dance Theater, the Brucewood Dance Project or Alvin Ailey. Wade currently studies at Tarrent County Community College and hopes to transfer to Southern Methodist University or Texas Christian University. One day, Wade hopes to have his own company and his own perfomring arts school which he will entitle Al Renothy. In spite of the pain Wade witnessed at a young age, he keeps eyes on a positive path which has brought him success in his career and potential for the future. Opportunities are opening for the dancer which he hopes to take full advantage of.
Daequan Fitzgerald Culture Editor