Slide Creating and producing
collaborative performance work
dedicated to building community
and illuminating bold, new stories
Creating and producing collaborative performance work dedicated to building community and illuminating bold, new stories
Dancing While Black

An artist-­led initiative that supports the diverse work of Black dance artists by cultivating platforms for process, performance, dialogue and documentation
Dancing While Black

An artist-­led initiative that supports the diverse work of Black dance artists by cultivating platforms for process, performance, dialogue and documentation
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An iterative performance project rooted in the vanishing fishing tradition
of choreographer Paloma McGregor’s 95-year-old father

What do we take with us, leave behind & return to reclaim?
Building A Better Fishtrap An iterative performance project rooted in the vanishing fishing tradition of choreographer Paloma McGregor’s 95-year-old father
What do we take with us, leave behind
& return to reclaim?
Building A Better Fishtrap

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Building a Better Fishtrap
Dancing While Black
Follow the Water Walks
Blood Dazzler
Thank you for this good word Onye Ozuzu!
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"you
me
the beginning
we
soak up the world 

my world shifts"
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​-Excerpt from Building A Better
 Fishtrap
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​Image description: Ricarrdo Valentine and Alethea Pace in performance ritual during a Fishtrap performance at Starlight Park, 2017

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"Dancing While Black is a fracture, an intersection, a mending, a void
stolen and borrowed and originated 
and born again and again and again
resurrected, laughing at its own coincidence
ugly and profound, everyday and magicelectric
Dancing While Black is… has been… and always will"
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- Paloma McGregor (May 2012)
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Use your power to regenerate! Our community members at @ubwdance are hosting a virtual Generative Dancer Workshop.
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About:
​VIRTUAL UBW GENERATIVE DANCER
CHOREOGRAPHIC & PERFORMANCE LAB
MAY 19 - 21, 2021

This 3-day virtual workshop will take participants through UBW’s
creative choreographic lab.

We will work from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM daily.

Participants should have an existing practice in composition and have at least enough space to comfortably spread out into an 'X' across the floor.

The participants will engage in a process-based approach to UBW’s art-making. The process-based investigations are informed by who is in the room and involves iterative cycles of rigorous embodied research informed by radical Black experimentation in the fields of culture, politics, identity, and history.
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You cant stop me from being FREE!
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"opens up toward anyone who’s ever
left something behind
anyone who has had to make a choice to take something with you
anyone who has ever wished 
​that they could go back
and tell their past self something that they know now
anyone who has ever returned to reclaim something that was lost"
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​-Excerpt from Building A Better Fishtrap
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​Image Description: Paloma McGregor, curator of Building A Better Fishtrap, is carrying a suitcase on her head during a sharing in Montreal, 2014.
Encuentro: MANIFEST! Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas

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Hemi’s website: https://hemisphericinstitute.org/en/enc14-home
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​Some of the most talented people in the world were lifted up by other people. Family, friends, strangers even. We are in this together. Thank you DWB Community!  Drop a like to honor the people that helped you along the way! 

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Can Dance Change the World? Get into the LDIF21 Online Conference: Creating Socially Engaged Art. 

Pictured: Brittany Williams, ‘16-‘17 DWB Fellow @msbritt_305 
Conference contributors include Chanon Judson Johnson @chanonjudsonjohnson, a member of the @ubwdance and DWB community!
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​About: Through dance, artists have brought to light untold issues and taboos, codified, developed and raised the profile of dance techniques from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora and engaged with audiences and their communities in innovative ways. This conference seeks to highlight the impact that Black communities in particular have made to the international dance ecology.
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​May 4, 2021
​10am-5pm
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​For more information visit
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​https://www.serendipity-uk.com/event/ldif21-conference-creating-socially-engaged-art-can-dance-change-the-world/ 
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