A ballroom dance professional and the owner of Fred Astaire Dance Studios Duluth, Pierre Bush prides himself on being an outspoken proponent for the LGBTQIA+ and Alzheimer communities. The 42-year-old strongly believes in the connection of dance to mental health and wellness and is known in his community for having a way of connecting with every individual he interacts with. He aims to use his level of patience, skill and authenticity to encourage the same in others.
What impact do you hope to leave on the world?
The impact I hope to leave on this world is rooted in kindness and community. I absolutely love being able to help people learn a skill that they can use as a vehicle for fun, community, confidence, improving memory and achieving goals. Dance can change your life! In addition, being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I hope that my visibility, pride and support can create hope and confidence in everyone to live apologetically.
How do you make a positive impact on your community?
I am so grateful for the dance family that we have at our Fred Astaire dance studios, as well as in the ballroom dance community. To be considered the “happy place” for so many people is extremely rewarding and meaningful.
What is the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest obstacle I have had to overcome would be getting out of my own way. I have worked my whole life on being authentically myself as a gay black man in a world that seems to disapprove.