Camille A. Brown & Dancers. Photo by Matthew Karas, Courtesy The Kennedy Center.

Dancing the Resistance: 3 Shows Tackling #BlackLivesMatter and Beyond

If The Nutcracker just isn't doing it for you this season, stay #woke with these three shows.


Camille A. Brown Delivers a Double Whammy

WASHINGTON, DC Camille A. Brown isn't known for pulling punches. As part of her Kennedy Center debut, she'll premiere ink, an examination of African-American rituals and gestural language co-commissioned by The Kennedy Center. It's the third and final work in her trilogy examining race and identity. ink's Dec. 2 premiere will be preceded by her acclaimed second installment, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, on Dec. 1. (The first, Mr. Tol E. RAncE, won a 2014 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production.) ink promises to be a powerful reclamation of black history and culture, one that can power a better future. kennedy-center.org.

A Dance Festival for First Nations Issues

Dancing Earth director Rulan Tangen. Photo by Elizbeth Opalenik, Courtesy Dancing Earth.

SAN FRANCISCO Dancing Earth Creations and Cuicacalli Dance Company have teamed up to create the 500 Years of Resistance Festival. The two-day event spotlights contemporary indigenous choreography, addressing issues faced by First Nations peoples in California ranging from the ecological to the sociopolitical. Dec. 1–2. dancingearth.org.

Helanius J. Wilkins is Singled Out

Helanius J. Wilkins. Photo by Charles H. Black, Courtesy Wilkins.

WASHINGTON, DC Dancer/choreographer Helanius J. Wilkins, known for his deeply personal solos, brings Triggered, a program of new and old solo and group works, to his former home. Now a professor at University of Colorado Boulder, he is joined by dancers from Boulder and special guests. A trio titled Media's Got Me All Figured Out: Reloaded is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the issues it confronts. Dec. 3, Millennium Stage, The Kennedy Center. kennedy-center.org.

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There’s No Better Time Than Now to Upgrade Your Flooring: Here's How

Studio owners: The light at the end of the recital tunnel is in sight, and your summer intensive won't start for a few weeks after that. Now is the time to tackle all those pesky studio-upkeep projects that you can't deal with while dancers are literally underfoot. Longtime studio owners Marisa Mailhes (of Red Door Dance Academy) and Misty Lown (of Misty's Dance Unlimited) have both relied on this timing in the past to upgrade their buildings' dance flooring—and they're here to show you how Stagestep Flooring helped them get it done with a minimum of stress.

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