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  • Aug
    Groundswell Workshop 1: Introduction
    Aug. 6th, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    We are a part of a Groundswell Movement in American History. The illumination of racial inequities revealed through the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement, has touched all aspects of our lives. As dance educators, we have a responsibility to acknowledge and rectify our prejudicial behaviors and a responsibility to our students to demonstrate how dance can both communicate their pain and help them heal.

    In this session we will introduce the entire series. We'll tell you more about the basis for offering it and a bit about what to expect in each of the 4 session.

    We'll follow this with an opportunity to discuss how to examine our practices and what changes we can make to ensure that our work is inclusive and welcoming and how to support others who are making the same effort.

    Throughout the 4 sessions we will provide resources and strategies to enable all Delaware dance educators to become steeped in antiracist teaching practices.


  • Aug
    Groundswell Workshop 2: A Pathway to Understanding and Healing: Exclusivity and Racism in Dance 
    Aug. 13th, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    How do racism and other “isms” enter into our society? How do family, culture and institutions shape our beliefs and prejudices?   And how does this influence the role of dance in our societies? We will explore the roots of human movement (state of mind, body, and spirit) from prehistory to the present. We'll see the role of dance in the culture of hunters and gatherers and in matriarchal and patriarchal societies and we'll look at the use of natural forms and shapes. We will explore the sense of self-awareness and understand and accept the concept of otherness and power.   Participants will have an opportunity to write their stories through movement and text, sharing their experiences of being some kind of other -a target of one or more of the "isms" that plague us. We all have stories of being threatened, ignored, insulted, powerless, embarrassed, put down, etc. How have  you moved through these experiences?  This webinar will offer several models for working with dancers to both elicit their narratives and to help them to create dance works. There will be discussion and sharing opportunities for each participant to dance another person’s story along with resources to assist in further developing the concept. Please dress in clothes you can move in.


  • Aug
    Groundswell Workshop 3: Taking it to the Next Level: Jazz Dance for the Curious Dance Teacher
    Aug. 20th, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    ​Jazz Dance is an American art form with African roots. This workshop will provide an overview of the historical foundations of the genre and introduce the wide range of styles that fall under the Jazz Dance umbrella.  Presenters will discuss approaches for deepening our Jazz Dance pedagogy, with applications for teachers and students. Participants will receive studio exercises, supplemental assignments, and student-friendly articles. Please dress to move.


  • Aug
    Groundswell Workshop 4: Ballroom Dance:  A Lens for Discovering and Honoring our African Roots
    Aug. 27th, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    ​As Ballroom Dance Educators, we took a deep look at the development of dances that are linked to circumstances of African enslavement.  The dances we enjoy today have their roots in a particular time, place and circumstance. For example, in the United States, when the drums were banished, the enslaved began dancing to the fiddle, banjo and tambourine, the dance – the Cakewalk became a dance for entertainment, rather than a part of life as it had been in Africa.  In other parts of the world where the drums were not prohibited, dances such as the Samba, Mambo, and Rumba can be directly linked to African heritage.    In the presentation today, our goals include a focus on three areas (1) dancing to preserve our history; (2) dancing to honor our ancestors and crush racial stereotypes and (3) dancing to claim our heritage and embrace other cultures.  Through the lens of ballroom dancing, we hope to achieve these goals. Please dress to move.


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