Donald Carr was on hand at the Malvern public Library on Thursday, Feb. 12, to provide entertainment for the library’s Black History Month celebrations.
Rows of school children gathered in the community room to come see Carr perform.
A renowned actor, performer and dancer, Carr combines contemporary dance with storytelling to teach young kids important moral lessons.
“We are all beautiful,” Carr told the children.
”Me as a black man watching television, I find it unempowering as every ad is geared towards women,” Carr said.
These types of ads give kids a bad self-image and a distorted view of what beauty is, Carr says.
Ali Arabpour, who has worked with Carr for the last nine years, says Carr is “more of a spiritual teacher.”
Born and raised in Jamaica, Carr has trained as a dancer with numerous prestigious companies, such as the Toronto Dance Theatre and the National Ballet of Canada. He has performed all over the world including Paris, London, and Johannesburg.
Not afraid to speak his mind, Carr not only teaches the children to respect themselves and others, but also general manners and behavior, even telling one student to pay attention and another to sit up straight.