BREAD Workshops

June 23 & 26, 2021
Steppin’ into Cultural Competency


by Ryan K. Johnson

Not only is Ryan K. Johnson an award-winning performing artist, he is also the Founding Artistic Director of SOLE Defined Percussive Dance Company. Johnson seeks to provoke, inspire, and hold space for cultural conversation and reflection by presenting historically informed, intellectually demanding, and genre-infused performance, and community dance engagement activities. His June session, “Steppin’ into Cultural Competency’, is a 90-minute immersive professional development workshop focusing on transforming teaching practices to advance and unpack anti-racist beliefs and biases by enhancing cultural competency. Participants will explore Black vernacular and engage in intensive movement with percussive dance style while connecting it to action and activism.

Register for Ryan’s June workshop here!

May 22 & 26, 2021
Deconstructing the Erotic in Jamaican Dancehall


by A’Keitha Carey


A’Keitha Carey, is a Bahamian Dance Educator, Performance Artist, Choreographer, Scholar, and founder of CaribFunk; inspired by 21st century practices in foundational dance, fitness, and somatic paradigms, will facilitate our May BREAD session. By processing cultural, historical, social, and political theory, A’Keitha acknowledges and includes Caribbean cultural performance while she develops a technique that addresses identity, culture, and citizenship but also; not only as praxis but as a way of expressing stories — hers, his, theirs, and ours.

Apr. 21 & 24, 2021
Black Dance: Dialogue for Authentic Allyship.


by Devon “Steel Toe” Wallace

Devon “Steel Toe” Wallace trained both in the studio and the streets since his teenage years, Devon is a versatile and energetic dancer, choreographer and performing artist who has become an invaluable asset to all whom he has worked with. Devon is an experienced teaching artist at ClancyWorks. See our staff list for his full bio!

Through dance and discussion Devon’s April workshop, Black Dance: Dialogue for Authentic Allyship, explores how we uplift and honor the genius and artistry of the African-American social cultures. With a specific lens focused on Black Revisionism and performative allyship, Devon will lead the class through current mainstream social dances, street and club style culture then facilitates discussions to draw connections between vernacular and technical dance centered around overlooked Black contributions. In this workshop we will share ideas and realizations about racial equity and how dance naturally celebrates and offers a structure for social movements to prosper and create lasting change if we are intentional with our historical and artistic acknowledgements.

Mar. 24 & 27, 2021
The Embodied Story


Lisa Green

Lisa Green is a performer, arts administrator, and movement educator based in New York City. With over 20 years of experience with the public school system, working in in-school and out-of-school programs, Lisa has worked closely with teachers, collaborating to integrate arts and social justice pedagogy into the curriculum. She also has extensive experience as a training facilitator, including conducting workshops on literacy through arts, as well as topics that focus on social justice, wellness, youth, and community development. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree as a Child & Youth Counselor, working with at-risk children and their families.

Her March BREAD workshop, The Embodied Story, will focus on the “use Afro Brazilian movement as a tool for our individual and collective healing. We will express and hold space for shared storytelling to move us towards liberation.”

Feb. 24 & 27, 2021
Love the Movement, Honor the People


by Devon “Steel Toe” Wallace

Devon “Steel Toe” Wallace trained both in the studio and the streets since his teenage years, Devon is a versatile and energetic dancer, choreographer and performing artist who has become an invaluable asset to all whom he has worked with. Devon is an experienced teaching artist at ClancyWorks. See our staff list for his full bio!

Devon’s February workshop directly addressed cultural and commercial treatment of African American dance encompassing the past 50 years. Many of the practices, traditions, and expectations of these dance styles have been compromised, disregarded, and in some cases sacrificed for outside forces to gain comfort or to thrive without full understanding of the art forms.

Jan. 24 & 27, 2021
What Did Soul Train Teach Us?


by The Uncontained Collective

The Uncontained Collective is a group of 4 unique, dynamic, educated and relatable Black women committed to revealing increments of the intersectionality that they embody through exploring the world around them.

For their January workshops, facilitators by Sanu Dieng and Raven Dickerson, explored the somatics of personal power through the art of synergetic practices that aid us in fortifying irresistible social movements in a fun and engaging way. Together we will dance through ideas and realizations about how dance naturally celebrates and offers a structure for social movements.

Nov. 14 & 17, 2020
Building Racial Equity in the Dance World(s)


by Rajeeyah Finnie-Myers

Rajeeyah Finnie-Myers is a racial justice trainer working in the Arts and Culture sector of New York City. She has also worked with Youth Inc., Studio in a School, Carnegie Hall, The Field, Alliance Theater Company, The Laundromat Project, Race Forward, and now with ClancyWorks.

Rajeeyah’s November workshops used creative techniques like role playing to guide participants in a discussion that introduced the multiple types of racism, and ways they can affect our unconscious perceptions of the world around us. In addition to facilitating the first two BREAD workshops, Rajeeyah has partnered with ClancyWorks to shape the structure and content of the program.

What participants are saying about BREAD:

• “Fantastic presentation. I look forward to future workshops.” 
• “THANK YOU for continuing to offer these workshops, especially for free to participants.”
• “We foster artistic connection to the transcendent when we move together, which supports ‘inner work for outer change.’ As adult dancers this is profound and wonderful, but we also need to create spaces/classes for others/youth to question, push, ignite, transform existing dance structures and institutions.”

 

Dance Educator's Training Institute

DETI is Going Virtual!

Our annual Dance Educator's Training Institute (DETI) is scheduled to take place August 17-19, 2020.

This year, we've decided to take DETI online, due to COVID-19.

While we are saddened not to be able to hold DETI in person, we are excited to welcome people from around the world, who might not otherwise be able to join us! We will have more information about DETI Online in the coming days.

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