Dancing While Black Takes A Look Back to Move Forward

Dancing While Black Takes A Look Back to Move Forward

Dancing While Black Takes A Look Back to Move Forward

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Dancing While Black: A Five Year Retrospective!

“Self-definition: Here we are, this is the work we do. We have a place. “ -Charles Rice-Gonzalez

This past Sunday, we gathered at BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange’s Artist Services Day to reflect on the history of Dancing While Black, share stories of its deepening impact, and vision for its future.

Founder Paloma McGregor was joined by members of the Dancing While Black community: Charles Rice-Gonzalez, co-director of BAAD!Nia Love, Curator, Master Teacher, and Dancing While Black: On Fertile Ground Artist in Residence; Shani Jamila, past co-facilitator and Director of The Human Rights Project, and 2015-16 Fellow Sydnie Mosley.

Dancing While Black is… An intellectual home. A place to root our intersocial understanding and embodied expression… At this time when all of us are beginning to reconsider what home means, Dancing While Black is a great, fertile space for that exploration.

Shani Jamila

We learned the origin of Dancing While Black was rooted in conversations and questions: “What does it mean to be a black dance artist today?”… “Who is telling our stories and how are they being told?” We also discussed the importance of partnerships with those already doing the work and how, as Paloma said, “we meet one another halfway.”

“BAAD! was already fertile soil… a home space…
a safe place to plant a seed.”

Our discussion then shifted into smaller groups where we collaboratively defined the next wave of questions that would propel this work. Dancing While Black is creating and strengthening ever-proliferating circles. “This is a time where we will need more meeting in person,” so we hope you continue these conversations and join us for future events.

Couldn’t be there? Get a glimpse of the afternoon below and check out more quotes and photos on Storify.

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june

5jun - 30All DayWorks on Waterfeaturing an installation from the set of Building A Better Fishtrap(All Day) EST 3LD Art & Technology CenterBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Showing
16jun6:00 pmLive Feed: Building a Better Fishtrappart of a 2016-18 Live Feed residency6:00 pm EST New York Live Arts StudiosBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Showing
17jun6:00 pmLive Feed: Building a Better Fishtrappart of a 2016-18 Live Feed residency6:00 pm EST New York Live Arts StudiosBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Showing
28junjun 287:00 pmjun 30- 9:00 pmPlace making, Place taking, Place keepingA Works on Water Conversation7:00 pm EST 3LD Art & Technology CenterBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Community EngagementAngela's Pulse:Guest Appearance

july

15julAll DayBuilding a Better Fishtrap at the Celebration of the Starlight Park River House(All Day: saturday) EST Starlight Park, South BronxBuilding A Better Fishtrap:Fishtrap Community Engagement,Fishtrap Showing