Truckin’ Towards Racial Equity In Blues Dance

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Truckin’ Towards Racial Equity In Blues Dance says
Dear blues community — especially white dancers and community members,

Blues is a African American Historical Dance. As a community that explicitly values inclusion, it is crucial for us to engage in study and practice toward understanding how this Black dance form has come to be practiced — at least in our immediate communities — predominantly by white people. Why is this the case? Does it have to be this way? What could be done to change this?

Is this a dance workshop?
Better understanding the racial context of blues dance, and how we embody it today will help us have a deeper and more authentic relationship to the dance.

That is to say, this is not movement focused class series. You can expect a mixture of activities and discussion. This workshop series will:

+ Provide activities and constructs with which to think about and act against our racism
+ Develop concrete tools for you to personally promote racial equality
+ Approach this work through: building knowledge, building skills, building capacity & creating community
+ Give guidance and support for engaging in multi-racial work toward racial justice
+ Cultivate opportunities beyond this series to further our personalized commitments to this work

+ The facilitators of this series are 2 white women who value examining our own privilege in society.
+ This is not intended to be an exclusively white space, and we anticipate the attendance will mirror the racial makeup of our community.
+ It’s essential white people don’t depend on people of color to do this work for us.

This workshop series is heavily informed by the book Witnessing Whiteness by Shelly Tochluk, and the activities are drawn from the supplemental materials provided at Reading Witnessing Whiteness along side this workshop series would enhance one’s experience, though it is not required.

4-week series at Burn Blue
November 3 - November 24 / 8:30pm-9:30pm
Sliding Scale $5-15 per week (includes entrance to dance)
Co-facilitated by Maggie Karshner & Leah Vendl
Velocity Dance Center's Steward Studio
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