The ad-target gods bestowed some dance activities onto me, and so I wanted to pay it forward. Check out these fun and intuitive activities for dancing with children from First 5 California. I don't have children, but you can for sure catch me carry dancing my cat around the house on any given day. Carry … Continue reading Dancing With Your Kids (Activities from First 5 California)
"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
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)
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
Choreographer Camille A. Brown's BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play "reveals the complexity of carving out a self-defined identity as a black female in urban American culture. In a society where black women are often only portrayed in terms of their strength, resiliency, or trauma, this work seeks to interrogate these narratives by representing a nuanced spectrum … Continue reading Watch Camille A. Brown’s BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play