"Dance is a language, and social dance is an expression that emerges from a community"Camille A. Brown In this Ted-Ed video, choreographer, educator and TED Fellow Camille A. Brown talks about the history of African-American social dance, communities, and connection. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpCBMwAweDI&feature=youtu.be
One of my favorite ways to start the day is by launching my local Classical Music Radio Station and feeling myself into an ecstatic morning dance. Today my joy popped at this piece by Valerie Coleman, called "Umoja", a Swahili word meaning "unity". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23Yx9gWHh0E Imani Winds performs Valerie Coleman's "Umoja"
Take a look around you. The dance world is changing! Recently, I have taken some time to reflect and redefine what it means to me to be a good dancer. It is one thing to have good technique, but we can take it so much further and use our dancing to do good things. This … Continue reading Follow these Dance Leaders! (A List of Dancers Who are Doing Good Things)
There are two petitions going around to demand that two big dance-wear companies, Bloch and Capezio to offer more inclusive color options for their products. Since the petitions went live, Bloch has already announced it will be offering more more shades in fall! Bloch is joining Freed as one of the only big companies to … Continue reading Petitioning for More Inclusive Dance Product Options, and Where to find Them Now!
Theatre spaces are reopening, but this time it is not for a production. The Open Your Lobby movement is a call for theatre spaces that have been closed down recently to reopen as a safe place for protesters. Check out some of the theaters that have been joining: In support of #BlackLivesMatter and the many protesters nationwide … Continue reading Open Your Lobby! Theaters Reopen to Provide a Safe Place for Protesters
Dancer Adie San Diego shared this message for dancers on their Instagram profile: "It is just as important to know about black dance pioneers like Master Juba, Josephine Baker, and Pearl Primus as much as we are taught to know famed white artists like Agnes de Mille, Bob Fosse, and Jerome Robbins. It was only … Continue reading A Letter to Dancers from Adie San Diego
The Katherine Dunham Dance Company was the first black modern-dance company in North America. In this video, Dancer and anthropologist Katherine Dunham describes the historical moment in 1944 when her dance company was asked to perform for a segregated audience in a Lexington, Kentucky theatre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_h0PBtv5-c&feature=youtu.be "Katherine Dunham (June 22, 1909 -- May 21, 2006) … Continue reading Katherine Dunham on Overcoming 1940’s Racism (Jacob’s Pillow Dance)
Taking an online dance class has many benefits, and sometimes one of the benefits is an opportunity to do good. For the month of June, many artists have pledged to donate their class proceeds for causes that fight racial inequality. Check out this list of fundraising dance classes that are happening this week and throughout … Continue reading Dancing for Good (A List of Dance Classes that are Giving Back)
Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet has created a list of 12 action steps for cultural recovery in ballet, and asks us to "Please read, affirm them by posting and tagging your organizations, leadership friends, colleages, brands who you support or support you... Ask them to post as a commitment to cultural recovery." Memoirs of Blacks … Continue reading MoBBallet’s 12 Steps to Ballet’s Cultural Recovery
On Tuesday, June 2 many businesses in the music and dance industries will be taking part in "Blackout Tuesday. "The call is circulating through the music and dance industries to take “a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community” and to take “an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change.” … Continue reading #TheShowMustBePaused (A Call to Reflect on Tuesday, June 2)