Talk About Dance 2016

Sharing stories and inspiring new ideas about the power of dance to create social change

March 13, 2016 | Racism in American Dance: Part III

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 implants the way individuals and society think about and experience dance.


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

June 5, 2016 | Why Advocacy?

Those who love dance know and believe that it can change the world. But as artists, we know that the arts are constantly undervalued. TAD will explore how artists can advocate more effectively both for themselves and for the critical issues – ranging from homelessness to gender inequality to climate change – that impact our communities.


Brian Corr, Executive Director of Cambridge Peace Commission
Tracie Konopinski, Senior Campaign Organizer of MASSCreative
Kenneth Bailey, Sector Organizing and Strategy Lead of Design Studio 4 Social Intervention