Building Racial Equity in the Arts through Dance

New Workshops Coming 2021!

Join us for a series of monthly workshops about how the arts can be used as a tool to dismantle systemic racism.

Wednesday ※ Oct. 20th
and Saturday  Oct. 23rd **
Nov. 13th and Wednesday ※ Nov. 17th **

 Wednesday workshops are scheduled 4pm-6pm EDT 
 Saturday workshops are scheduled 12:30pm-2:30pm EDT

Free to Participants


*Registrations can be taken on the day of attendance.

**Although we have the same seminar planned for both
sessions, we know that conversations and the ways we
participate will make each session slightly different.
Our hopes are that weekday and weekend options
will accommodate a larger audience and foster
participation from more members of the artistic
community; feel free to share this event with
coworkers, peers, etc. all are welcome.
Join Us Virtually!

Building Racial Equity in the Arts through Dance (BREAD) is ClancyWorks’ newest professional development program. Rajeeyah Finnie-Myers, an Affiliate Trainer with Narrative Arts and Culture (NAC) at Race Forward, oversees planning and facilitates some work shops.

Paule Taylor

This October, Rowan University Department Chair, Paule Taylor guides the discussion, and leads the group in mindful movement.

This 90-minute immersive professional development workshop focuses will use Modern Dance as a means for creating safe, brave spaces that move beyond inclusivity, and strive to find racial equity within our various dance world(s). Join us for either one or both of the sessions (same class planned but different conversations with different participants), in a workshop that will include movement, dialogue, and sharing knowledge of anti-racism practices and tools.

Continue the conversation with us on dismantling racism within the dance world(s) and reimagining a more inclusive dance education where BIPOC students’ needs are met and all dancers are able to flourish. These monthly sessions are free of charge, led by various facilitators from organizations who have proven backgrounds in facilitating racial justice trainings, including but not limited to Race Forward.

Join us for a virtual dance education experience like no other! Click here to learn more about past BREAD sessions.

Email with any questions, and to be added to our email list to stay up to date on important announcements!


What Can You Expect?

Please feel free to email if you have a special session request.

What is the Building Racial Equity in the Arts through Dance?

BREAD will offer monthly training & dialogue sessions for dancers and dance educators via Zoom with a facilitator who is an expert in anti-racism professional development. Participants will be invited to take part in exercises and discussions that explore the impact of different forms of racism on the classroom environment and ways that the arts can be used as a tool to dismantle racism.

As a population, we pride ourselves on welcoming people from all backgrounds, but it is only by constantly questioning our own biases and holding ourselves accountable that we can live up to that ideal. By understanding our history and culture, as a dance community and as part of a larger world, we hope to give participants tools to confront their biases and deconstruct racism in the world around them. We understand that no individual program will ever eliminate racism, our goal in this series is to help the Dance Communities to become more actively anti-racist. By focusing on dance education, we hope to reduce the impact of the many different types of racism on our present community and future generations.

Who is BREAD Intended to Serve?

Sessions are open to the public, with a particular interest to serve choreographers, performers, and highly experienced dance educators, as well as teaching artists who are just beginning to work in the field of dance education. Administrators and participants from various arts and educational disciplines are invited and encouraged to attend the workshops. Although sessions will be designed with an eye to serving dance educators in Maryland, we welcome participants from all locations and fields of expertise!

BREAD is inspired by a recent racial equity training session at ClancyWorks’ Dance Educators Training Institute (DETI). Click here to see highlights a previous DETI at UMBC.
Read this article about a recent DETI workshop.

Feedback from our Racial Equity session from DETI:

This is such an important topic, especially with current events that are unfolding…It is especially helpful to refer back to those slides that contain specific terminology and their definitions so that we as a community, utilize terminology with our students. I am very interested in continuing these conversations/sessions.

The session could have been 4x longer than it was scheduled for and I would have loved every second of it.

View samples of our professional development training workshops here:

Dance Educators Training Institute 2018

Dance Educators Training Institute 2014

Dance Educators Training Institute 2013

2021 Course Information is list on our DETI webpage!

This Program is Made Possible in Part By:


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.

Click here to learn more!

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