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Dancing While Black – Angela's Pulse

History

DANCING WHILE BLACK is an artist-led initiative that supports the diverse work of Black dance artists by cultivating platforms for process, performance, dialogue and documentation. We center the voices of black dance artists, providing opportunities to self-determine the languages and lenses that define our work. Since 2012, DWB has supported 22 emerging Black artists as Fellows, incubated more than two dozen works and held countless convenings for folx to share, connect and simply be..

Dancing While Black operates at the intersection of aesthetics and organizing. Central to the work is building partnerships – with presenters, organizers, curators and artists. In our first five years, Dancing While Black established ongoing partnerships with BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, NYU’s Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, the Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center, PURPOSE Productions, Urban Bush Women and Junebug Productions.

Our partnerships are rooted in a mutual commitment to equity and serving the needs and visions of artists. In a field that encourages individualism, our work prioritizes community building. We celebrate that there is a momentum building around shifting the dance landscape, and we are committed to help shepherd these efforts. Our commitment to equity requires our solidarity with others who are also doing the work.

Up Next

february 2023

11feballday12Dancing While Black: How We Do • Centering the Bodypart of DWB's 10th Anniversary Year(All Day) ET BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, 2474 Westchester Ave, Bronx, NY 10461Dancing While Black:Dancing While Black

april 2023

20aprallday23Dancing While Black: How We Build • Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conferencepart of DWB's 10th Anniversary Year(All Day) ET Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VirginiaDancing While Black:Dancing While Black

“Dancing While Black means
my Blackness is me, but
not all of me.
– Camille A. Brown

Process

DWB 10th Anniversary Poster. 5 vertical images are equally aligned. From left to right; Image 1: Paloma McGregor holding her daughter Olamina with their heads nestled together. The image is taken from behind, where Paloma wears a black shirt. Olamina is wearing a jacket with a red, magenta and pink pattern; Image 2: Rashida Bumbray in a ringshout in a white dress and white headpiece. The image captures her from a sideways angle, with her arms out by her sides as she leans back to look upward at the ceiling; Image 3: Jaimé Yawa Dzandu is wearing a patterned top and is lifting her right hand up towards the ceiling, hand reaching up as if to grab something; Image 4: Samantha Speis is crouched in a room with hardwood floors and white walls. She is wearing a tank top and patterned pants, with her hands covering her eyes. Her child leans on her right leg; Image 5: Dr. Brenda Dixon Gottschild stands in the center of a group of seated people, wearing a black t-shirt and black pants. Her arms are reaching towards the ceiling, gazing upwards. Above each image is a black rectangle with text above it that reads "Dancing While Black 10th Anniversary". The "10" is in large red font and the rest of the text is in white. Two red lines appear in the right corner, at varying lengths. In the bottom left of the image sits the Angela's Pulse logo, which reads "Angela's Pulse performance projects" in white font.
Dancing While Black 10th Anniversary Year | May 2022 – May 2023

Since 2012, Dancing While Black (DWB) has served as a launching pad and community hub, bringing Black dance voices to the fore and centering a space for them to reflect and create authentically. In 2022, DWB turns 10! In the spirit of Sankofa, we are celebrating the past, present and future of Dancing While Black from May 2022 through May 2023.

DWB Shared Leadership Graphic
Meet the DWB Shared Leadership Team

As part of AP’s continued investment in Black leadership, DWB’s 10th Anniversary programming and visioning will be guided by a team of co-directors: Paloma, DWB’s founder, is joined by Kayla Hamilton (2017-2018 DWB Fellow), Marguerite Hemmings (2015-2016 DWB Fellow) and Joya Powell (2016-2017 DWB Fellow).

Angela's Pulse Collaborator Ebony Golden and '15-'16 DWB Fellow Sydnie Mosely at DWB Story Circles captured by Whitney Brown
Get a Glimpse of our Freedom Stories

Last month, we gathered at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics to kick off our Fifth Anniversary Season with Story Circles on Organizing Toward Vision in an Age of Resistance. We were led by DWB founder Paloma McGregor and the incredible Wendi Moore-O'Neal, daughter of John O'Neal, the originator of the Story Circle process we have used at several gatherings.

photo by Peter Born
Reflections from the 2016-17 Dancing While Black Fellows

The Dancing While Black 2016-17 Fellowship brought together seven emerging Black Women choreographers who spent seven months building community through workshops with master teachers, communal dinners and a public discussion at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Get to know the Fellows and their visions for this collaborative journey.

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Dancing While Black Takes A Look Back to Move Forward

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.

“Dancing While Black is…
an occupational hazard, an unrequested accolade and an immense responsibility.
– Christal Brown

Documentation

Past Events

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14jan1:00 pm2:30 pmDancing While Black: How We Build • Collective(s) Actionpart of DWB's 10th Anniversary Year1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET ONLINE via ZoomDancing While Black:Dancing While Black

Can't be with us in person? Join the Dialogue online.

It’s almost here!
We will share a weekend of workshops centering shared practices from our community of Black embodied/moving artists.
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Improvising our Diaspora
On Sat, 2/11: IN-PERSON @BAAD!

11am-1pm | Joya Powell @ayoj_powell @mopdance (DWB Fellow ‘16) & Marguerite Hemmings @margueriteangelicamonique (DWB Fellow ‘15).

Two yaadies in the Bronx! Joya and Marguerite make a space for experimentation and play! They will move through various embodied languages of the Diaspora through games and collective makings. Beginning with a journey through many geographies and landing in their ancestral home, Jamaica. Bring ya wata, bring ya body, and bring ya humor!!!!

Join us and move together!
More info:
https://bit.ly/ImprovisingOurDiaspora
#AngelasPulse #DWB10 #AP #Dancing #Community #Speaking #DancingWhileBlack
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Happening this upcoming weekend:
Angela’s Pulse, HOW WE DO: Centering the Body

Register angelaspulse 

Photo from “We (been) here” at Gibney, 2017, by Erik Carter.

Image description: A woman is captured in a moment of passionate dance, her back facing the viewer. In the top left corner, the text "Dancing While Black, 10th anniversary season from January to May 2023" highlights the ongoing celebration of the event.

Beneath that, the title “HOW WE DO: Centering the Body. How our practices as Black embodied/movement artists shift with the mo(ve)ments that we find ourselves in.” 

Next, two dates are displayed: February 11, 2023 in person at The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, from 11am to 5 pm EST. The second date is for February 12 2023, online via zoom, from 3pm to 5pm.

The bottom left corner features a bold red number 10, signifying the 10th anniversary season of Dancing While Black. The credit "co- produced by BAAD!" is displayed at the bottom-center. The Angela's Pulse logo sits at the bottom right corner.

#DWB #DWBCommunity #DancingWhileBlack #Artists #CulturalWorkers #Building #Culture
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HOW WE DO: Centering the Body
Join DWB for a weekend of workshops on how our practices as Black embodied/movement artists shift with the mo(ve)ments that we find ourselves in. 

On Sat, 2/11: IN-PERSON @ BAAD!
11am-1pm | Joya Powell (DWB Fellow ‘16) & Marguerite Hemmings (DWB Fellow ‘15).
1-3pm | Candace Thompson-Zachery & Sydnie L. Mosley (DWB Fellows ‘15).
3-5pm | Alethea (DWB Fellow ‘18) & Pace Katrina Reid (DWB Fellow ‘16).
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On Sun, 2/12: VIRTUAL
3-5pm | Kayla Hamilton (DWB Fellow ‘18) & India Harville (Guest Artist)

Register is open now! 
https://bit.ly/HWDBodyEvents 

 angelaspulse
Guest Artists: 
margueriteangelicamonique
ayoj_powell mopdance
candancecreates
sydmosley slmdances
alethea_pace 
kattyrealness
khamiltonprojects

#DWB10 #DancingWhileBlack  #DWBHOWWEDO

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[Image description: A woman is captured in a moment of passionate dance, her gaze fixed upward as she raises her left hand, her back facing the viewer. In the top left corner, the text "Dancing While Black, 10th anniversary season from January to May 2023" highlights the ongoing celebration of the event.

Beneath that, the title “HOW WE DO: Centering the Body. How our practices as Black embodied/movement artists shift with the mo(ve)ments that we find ourselves in.” 

Next, two dates are displayed: February 11, 2023 in person at The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, from 11am to 5 pm EST. The second date is for February 12 2023, online via zoom, from 3pm to 5pm.

The bottom left corner features a bold red number 10, signifying the 10th anniversary season of Dancing While Black. The credit "co- produced by BAAD!" is displayed at the bottom-center. The Angela's Pulse logo sits at the bottom right corner.]
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🌟Workshop Alert!🌟 MOPDC’s Joya Powell and MOPDC extended fam Marguerite Hemmings will be co-facilitating IMPROVISING OUR DIASPORA next Saturday, Feb. 11th at BAAD! As a part of Dancing While Black’s 10th Anniversary Season events.

Space is limited. Be sure to register! 

HOW WE DO: Centering the Body
Join us for a weekend of embodied explorations and community as we explore how our practices, as Black artists, shift with the mo(ve)ments we find ourselves in.

On Sat, 2/11: IN-PERSON @ BAAD!
11am-1pm | Improvising Our Diaspora - Joya Powell ayoj_powell mopdance(DWB Fellow ‘16) & Marguerite Hemmings margueriteangelicamonique (DWB Fellow ‘15).
1-3pm | Move to Transform - Candace Thompson-Zachery candancecreates & Sydnie L. Mosley sydmosley slmdances (DWB Fellows ‘15).
3-5pm | Rest Your Eyes & Tell Me a Story - Alethea (DWB Fellow ‘18) alethea_pace & Pace Katrina Reid kattyrealness (DWB Fellow ‘16).

On Sun, 2/12: VIRTUAL
3-5pm | All of Us: Coming Together Through Movement - India Harville embracedbody1 (Guest) & Kayla Hamilton khamiltonprojects
 (DWB Fellow ‘18)
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Register here:
https://bit.ly/HWDBodyEvents
angelaspulse 

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Photo from “We (been) here” at Gibney, 2017, by Erik Carter.

Image description: A woman is in a moment of passionate dance, her back facing the viewer. In the top left corner, the text "Dancing While Black, 10th anniversary season from January to May 2023" highlights the ongoing celebration of the event.

Beneath that, the title “HOW WE DO: Centering the Body. How our practices as Black embodied/movement artists shift with the mo(ve)ments that we find ourselves in.” 

Next, two dates are displayed: February 11, 2023 in person at The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, from 11am to 5 pm EST. The second date is for February 12 2023, online via zoom, from 3pm to 5pm.

The bottom left corner features a bold red number 10, signifying the 10th anniversary season of Dancing While Black. The credit "co- produced by BAAD!" is displayed at the bottom-center. The Angela's Pulse logo sits at the bottom right corner.

#DancingWhileBlack #DancingWhileBlack10thAnniversary
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Afro/Solo/Man is making its Columbus, Ohio premiere at wexarts 
February 16-18,2023, 8PM.
Save the date, purchase your ticket(s), and tell a friend. 
Link in bio for more information.
📷:Ryan Muir
#dancingwhileblack #osudance
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Posted withregram • ubwdance #DontMissTHIS Join our #AngelasPulse and #DancingWhileBlack family for #HowWeBuild THIS Saturday, 1/14 at 1 PM EST via Zoom! Learn more & register: bit.ly/DWBevents

#Repost angelaspulse
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Join us as we revisit the multilayered practices of our first DWB fellowship cohort, sunrara and ebonynoellegolden and DWB Founder (UBW CCI Fellow, Company Alum & #UBWfamily member) Paloma McGregor. 

In 2014, we featured artists who were working in, with and through collective actions. These artists are cultural workers and organizers who are movement building and using the body as a holding space for culture. 

We welcome these artists, along with moderator aimee_mere, to have an online conversation around how their collectivizing has continued over the past decade.

#DWB #DWBCommunity #DancingWhileBlack #DWB10 #Anniversary #Artists #CulturalWorkers #Building #Culture

ID: Several Black bodies, at least 5, some femme, are cloaked in all white from head to toe. They are all in the midst of moving. Some clapping, some singing, some bent backwards. They are in a theatre space and the audience can barely be made out because the lights are dimmed and the spotlight is on the movers. In the upper left corner of the graphic reads, Dancing While Black in white font. Below that is, HOW WE BUILD: Collective(s) Action. Across from that in a larger red font reads "10" with the words "th Anniversary Year" reading vertically in white font next to it. Beneath that in the lower right corner reads in white font, January 14, 2023 1:00pm-2:30pm EST Online on Zoom. At the very bottom below that is Angela's pulse logo. Across from that to the left reads, Co-produced by BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance.
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TODAY! HOW WE BUILD: Collective(s) action

A conversation with guests Rashida Bumbray, Ebony Noelle Golden and DWB Founder Paloma McGregor, moderated by Aimee Meredith Cox.

Zoom in today at 1:00 p.m. EST

Click here to check in 👇: 
http://bit.ly/3CAurpF

Celebrate our first decade of DWB!

#DWB10 #DancingWhileBlack #AngelasPulse #HowWeBuild
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[PHOTO CREDITS]Header Image: Jaimé Dzandu, photo by Julia Wang | Lisandra Ramos writing on wall from DANCING WHILE BLACK: This Body Knows Freedom by Whitney Browne Photography | Process Photo: Ebony Noelle Golden and Sydnie L. Mosley surrounded by Story Circle participants by Erik Carter | Photo of Paloma McGregor by Erik Carter | [DWB Is Gallery] Photo of folks gathered in circle with person on floor from Dancing While Black: On Fertile Ground at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans, February 2016 by Melisa Cardona | Photo of smiling folks in chairs from DANCING WHILE BLACK: This Body Knows Freedom by Whitney Browne Photography | Photo of dancers in suits: Brother(hood) Dance!, ’15-’16 DWB Fellows Orlando J. Hunter and Ricarrdo Valentine, from DWB: Masculinities Re/born by Charles R Berenguer Jr.

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