BREAD Workshops

Nov. 13 & 17, 2021
Common Challenges – Roundtable Discussion

by Our BREAD Bakers

As we bring our 2021 BREAD program to a close, we focus on the challenges proposed by you, our program participants. Our November BREAD session will serve as a celebration of this past year, and give our BREAD Team an opportunity to collectively brainstorm and offer strategies and tools that you can utilize toward the building racial equity in your dance programs.

Oct. 22 & 25, 2021
Flamenco: Identity, Resilience, Place, and Family

by Paule Turner

Paule Turner, a highly visible and active member of the Philadelphia dance community from 1994 – 2006, was named “Top 25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2000. Hailed as Philly’s most madcap movement artist, he has created extravagant “dance dramas” that are at once entertaining, meaningful, compelling, and brilliantly humorous. Best known for confronting politics full force with dizzying agility and plenty of tour-de-force all out dancing, Turner received his BFA in dance from Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) and his MFA in dance from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). He has been the recipient of several grants and fellowships supported by Pennsylvania Council on The Arts and Dance Advance/The Pew Charitable Trusts. He has toured internationally with his performance ensemble court (best new dance company – Philadelphia Magazine 2000). As a tenured Associate Professor within the Department of Theatre and Dance at Rowan University, Paule Turner serves as Advisor and Artistic Director of Dance Extensions.

This October, BREAD will be examining Dance: its past, and present, and the role of informed citizens to promote action/change in dialogues with artists, spectators, communities and imagined communities — using Modern Dance as a means for creating safe, brave spaces of inclusivity, diversity and equity.

Sept. 22 & 25, 2021
Flamenco: Identity, Resilience, Place, and Family

by Marisol Encinias

Marisol Encinias began studying flamenco at age 5 with her grandmother Clarita Garcia de Aranda. As a fourth generation flamenco dancer, Marisol is one on the few American flamenco dancers raised in a flamenco family. Her artistic interpretation, stunning in its depth and purity, arises from Marisol’s immersion in the art form throughout her childhood. Marisol has been featured in the internationally renowned Festival Flamenco Internacional and is Assistant Director for this annual event. She has been an instructor for the National Institute of Flamenco since 1990 and became a member of the University of New Mexico dance faculty in 2000. Marisol performs as a soloist with the American Flamenco Repertory Company, “Yjastros,” directed by Joaquin Encinias.

This September, we’ll explore Flamenco has played a role in prompting discusses regarding historical trauma, racism, and inequity and how it continues to function as a healing tool.

Aug. 4, 2021
Panel Lead by Dr. Vanessa Jackson and Guests

July 31, 2021
Disrupting Illusions and Images: Creating Space for many Dancing Bodies

by Dr. Vanessa Jackson

Dr. Vanessa L. Jackson is an award winning artist and Founder of Mindful Living 4 Life, a restorative lifestyle coaching practice elevating personal awareness for women and children. She is passionate about assisting others in manifesting the desires of their heart, and facilitating mindfulness, meditation and soul yoga dance workshops. She completed her MFA at Temple University, MA at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and her doctoral degree at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Educational Leadership. Dr. Jackson is an Associate Professor of Dance at Coppin State University who has performed nationally and internationally in Cuba, Korean and West Africa, and serve as chair of the Higher Education Task Force for Arts Education in Maryland Schools, editor for National Dance Society Journal, and member of The Baltimore Pierians, Inc and Black College Dance. She continues to serve as a guest adjudicator, choreographer and educator for national dance institutions and organizations. Her research focus on dispositions of visual and performing arts faculty in urban public schools arts education programs towards embedding empathy and equity into policies, practices and procedures.

This July, let’s engage in intimate conversations about dismantling illusions and images about Black dancing bodies, and use our imagination to create sound ideas for shifting awareness, and embracing and empowering all dancing bodies.

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.

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 FinnieMyers 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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