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Racism in American Dance: Part III

SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016 / 2-4:30 PM
José Mateo Ballet Theatre / 400 Harvard Street, Cambridge

Race and racial discrimination remain very much present in American society – and in the dance world. From the way we perceive different dance styles to how directors cast performances, race impacts the way individuals and society think about and experience dance.

Over the past year, TALKABOUTDANCE has brought together ten local panelists and many members of the community. Through personal stories and vibrant discussions, this group has explored questions of diversity and difference, identifying as key themes respect for all cultures, access to opportunity, and equity and support for our youth. This next discussion will focus on possible strategies that may address these issues, with the goal of fostering intentionality and solidarity within the community as we all confront issues of race in our lives and work.

Panelists will share their expertise and experiences, and attendees will be encouraged to voice their perspectives and ideas about how we can strengthen our efforts to achieve equity and inclusion in dance. Please join us as we continue this critical conversation and reexamine how dance can be a force for broader change in our society!

TALKABOUTDANCE is a biannual DWC event that brings together Greater Boston’s dance artists, activists and other dance experts and enthusiasts who believe that expanding the role of dance in our society can help build stronger, more inclusive communities. One of the area’s most socially vibrant settings for dance-related learning, discussion and exchange of ideas, TALKABOUTDANCE offers a unique opportunity to meet new people, reconnect with old friends and contribute to the ongoing dialogue that is gradually repositioning the role of dance in our community.

Bithiah Carter, Moderator, Founder and President, New England Blacks in Philanthropy
Edmund Barry Gaither, National Center of Afro-American Artists
Sybil Geddes, Professional Dancer
Wilmayer Marcelin, Fantezi Kreyol Dance Company
Makeeba McCreary, Chief of Staff, Boston Public Schools

2:00     Welcome / Who’s in the Room? (Complimentary coffee and refreshments)
2:15     Panelist Presentations / Q&A
3:30     World Café-style Conversations (Complimentary wine & cheese)
4:15     Wrap-Up


FREE ADMISSION and open to the public
Please register in advance at on EVENTBRITE
Contact Julie Yen, or 617-354-7467 for more information

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