Tag: activism

Post-Election Dancing Erupts in Streets Throughout the Nation

Dance has long been used as a powerful form of protest. So it’s all the more meaningful when that movement shifts from fighting oppression and injustices to celebrating a victory over them. That’s exactly with happened this weekend as people took to the streets when Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were announced president- and vice […]

This New Dance Work Makes the Refugee Crises Hit Home

What would it take for you to leave home? This is the question choreographer Beth Corning asks in THE TIPPING POINT in order to turn the global refugee crisis inward on the U.S. “It’s a wake-up call to the numbing onslaught of changes in the world around us,” she says. (Originally scheduled to premiere next […]

3 Tips for Dancers Who Want to Explore Activism

Are you passionate about social issues, but unsure of how to incorporate them into your work? Yasemin Ozumerzifon, director of community action at Gibney in New York City, offers advice to beginners: 1. Get Specific. Gibney’s Hands Are For Holding program. Scott Shaw, Courtesy Gibney Choose a particular cause. “When we’re addressing something really large […]

How to Bring Activism Into the Studio—For Any Age Group

More and more, students are speaking out about the issues that matter to them, whether that’s climate change or gun violence. For young dancers, the studio or stage can be the perfect place to express these interests. But if you’re a teacher who has never tackled difficult topics in the classroom, getting started may feel […]

Anyone Who Says Dancers Should "Stick to Dancing" Doesn't Know Their History

At a time when the political climate is increasingly divisive, it’s no wonder people want to compartmentalize. Some want their pirouettes separate from their politics, and can be quick to protest when dancers challenge that both on and off the stage. Most recently, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston was scrutinized when she shared this […]