Dancing While Black

Meet the 2015-16 Dancing While Black Fellows

Meet the 2015-16 Dancing While Black Fellows

The Dancing While Black Fellowship brings together eight emerging Black choreographers who have invested in and supported the Dancing While Black community since the initiative began in 2012. These artists are looking to push their personal and artistic boundaries while interrogating the boundaries of dance. They will spend six months engaged in a collective developmental process that includes workshops with seasoned artists Onye Ozuzu, Jawole Zollar and Ishmael Houston-Jones. The fellowship culminates in a work-in-progress showing at BAX in March of 2016.

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Dancing While Black receives funding from the Surdna Foundation and Dance/USA’s Engaging Dance Audiences

After three years of collaborating with so many phenomenal Black dance artists and partner organizations, we are excited about additional support from the Surdna Foundation and Engaging Dance Audiences will allow us to deepen our work and broaden our reach with three initiatives:

Dancing While Black: Shouting from the Edges, a new model of partnering with communities with Historically Black Colleges to curate and present Story Circles, panels, performance and Master Classes for the Masses. In 2015-16, we will pilot this program in New Orleans in partnership with longtime collaborator Stephanie McKee, artistic director of Junebug Productions.

Dancing While Black: In Our Own Words, a new digital journal which will launch in Fall 2016

Dancing While Black Fellowship, bringing together eight emerging Black choreographers in a collective developmental process

The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.
Engaging Dance Audiences is administered by Dance/USA and made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.




An evening of dance and dialog

Thursday, May 17 – 7 pm – $20
Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance

FEATURING a conversation on dance and equity, and choreography by the latest generation of dancers to emerge from the internationally acclaimed Urban Bush Women dance company.

CHOREOGRAPHERS: Maria Bauman/MBDance; Marjani Forte/LoveForte (with Nia Love); Samantha Speis. Curated by Paloma McGregor/Angela’s Pulse.

PANELISTS: Christal Brown/INSPIRIT dance company; Shalonda Ingram/New York Live Arts and Nursha Project; Milta Vega-Cardona/ People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond; and Tony-nominated choreographer Marlies Yearby. Moderated by Shani Jamila/Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center

DANCING WHILE BLACK is an artist-led initiative by Paloma McGregor/Angela’s Pulse that aims to create ongoing platforms for process, dialogue and experimentation and to shift the power of contextualizing work and articulating aesthetic values into the hands, and bodies, of black dancers themselves.

For more info on the entire dance series at BAAD! visit: www.bronxacademyofartsanddance.org

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