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MOVE Together ~ Dancing Towards An Inclusive Community & Global Social Justice
Move Together

MOVE Together ~ Dancing Towards An Inclusive Community & Global Social Justice

JOIN THE GLOBAL LINDY HOP, SWING DANCE & BLUES DANCE COMMUNITY for an online forum featuring Black artists and academics Saturday, July 11th, 2020 from 10 a.m. to noon Pacific Time to discuss the pressing issues facing us as a society and as a global dance scene. Let’s talk about how to be anti-racist; making the dance world more inclusive; and how we can all do a better job making the scene safe and welcoming for everyone. 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐮𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐞𝐟𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐯𝐨𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐬 and artists, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐮𝐭 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐛𝐲 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝: DONATE - PayPal: We believe we have the power to shape the future starting with our global dance community first, as part of a broader global social justice movement for equality. Hollywood Television Editor, LA-based dancer & DJ SHAHEED QAASIM is leading the discussion, and the panelists are: • REMY KOUAKOU KOUAME: International Lindy Instructor & DJ • KIM NALLEY: Iconic Jazz & Blues Vocalist Featured at Lincoln Center, Ethnomusicologist, Dancer • DAMON STONE: International Blues & Lindy Hop Instructor • BRITTNEY CARAWAY: Dancer, Jazz vocalist, Event MC, past Miss Camp Hollywood • ODYSSEUS BAILER: Dancer, Actor & Workshop Leader on African-American Cultural History of Lindy Hop • MARIE N'DIAYE: Teacher at Herräng Dance Camp and Managing Director/Choreographer at HotCha Chorus Line • AISHA QAASIM – CA-based Lindy Hopper, Attorney & Academic • KENNETH SHIPP – St. Louis-Based Blues Dance Instructor, DJ, Dancer • DR. ANDAIYE QAASIM – PhD in Ethnomusicology, Diversity & Anti-Racism Trainer The purpose of the event is three-fold: 1. EDUCATION: To further educate people about the nature of racism in a “Racism 101” educational segment, presented by diversity and anti-racism trainer Dr. Andaiye Qaasim, who will deconstruct some of the prevailing myths and misconceptions about racism; give a brief overview of the historical context of racism in the U.S.; and help define terms like systemic, institutionalized racism, and white supremacy. 2. STORIES: To have a “real-talk” conversation, amplifying the voices of Black dancers, musicians, artists, and academics, who will share their experiences in dealing with personal experiences of racism, and their ideas about ways to make the global dance scene anti-racist, and more welcoming and inclusive. 3. ACTION: To establish a baseline Code of Conduct to help make the dance scene truly anti-racist by delineating what is appropriate and inappropriate, and to provide tools to empower us all to have more open conversations. We plan to leave everyone with clear action steps designed to create positive change in the global dance community, to help us move forward together as a community, and make this a sustainable movement. Some of the tools we will provide as suggested actions steps are: - an anti-racism pledge for dancers, musicians, and organizers. - anti-racist and inclusive language and guidance for teaching contracts - guidance on language or commitment statements organizations can incorporate in their mission/ vision statements We believe that we as dancers can be an example of how to create positive change in our global community, and have a ripple effect on the world.
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