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JOIN US FOR our first two-DAY event, full OF MOVEMENT, METHODS, AND MODELS FOR IMPACT.

Meet and move with some of the most exciting minds in the field, join a tight-knit, vibrant community of dancers, artists, healers, and activists, changing the world, and leave with the inspiration and skills to do the same. 

 

LOS ANGELES,

MARCH 9 + 10, 2019

 

SPEAKERS


   MARGIE GILLIS     Legendary Canadian solo dancer and choreographer. Conflict resolution pioneer. 

MARGIE GILLIS

Legendary Canadian solo dancer and choreographer. Conflict resolution pioneer. 

   INDRANI PAL-CHAUDHURI    Globally esteemed celebrity and fashion photographer and director, counter human trafficking and women's rights activist. 

INDRANI PAL-CHAUDHURI

Globally esteemed celebrity and fashion photographer and director, counter human trafficking and women's rights activist. 

   CAMILLE A. BROWN    Choreographer. Educator. Activist. Camille A. Brown’s award-winning choreography reclaims the cultural narrative of African American identity.

CAMILLE A. BROWN

Choreographer. Educator. Activist. Camille A. Brown’s award-winning choreography reclaims the cultural narrative of African American identity.

   MELANIE BUTTARAZI     Dancer, choreographer, Founder of Fostering Dreams Project. 

MELANIE BUTTARAZI

Dancer, choreographer, Founder of Fostering Dreams Project. 

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The Dance + Social Justice Conference is an important gathering of artists and activists who share a belief in to the power of movement to address social and systemic inequities in the world, and build creative solutions. Through the sharing of best practices, storytelling and experiential learning, the conference provides space for reflection and action to exist side by side. As much a field building initiative as a professional development opportunity for individuals, Free Body Project plays an important role in our collective journey to further this emerging field.”
— Senior Director of Community, Training and Artist Services, Gibney Dance
 
 

OUR PARTNER


 
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We are thrilled to be partnering with Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre! Heidi Duckler Dance creates site-specific performances that transform non-traditional spaces, providing learning opportunities and engaging diverse communities, in the belief that the arts can change our vision of the world and of ourselves.  

 
 
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ABOUT + THEMES

 

Each year, Free Body Project holds an event which convenes global leaders, founders, change makers, development practitioners, peace building professionals, artists, and activists all contributing to the advancement of social justice.  

Our previous events covered the field at large. This year, we're focusing in on how dance addresses specific topics: 

  • gender equality
  • racial equity
  • youth
  • international human rights
 
 

GRADUATE STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

 

For the first time, we are welcoming submissions to present current research or projects furthering the field of dance and social justice from graduate level and PHD candidates. 

2 student presentations will be chosen and will have the opportunity to share their work and perspectives with conference attendees and featured speakers. Chosen students will receive a complimentary ticket to both days of the conference. 

our GOALS

  • DEFINE A FIELD for global programs using movement to promote human rights and social justice while positively impacting lives

  • INCREASE VISIBILITY + SUPPORT for the field and those working in the space by building a network and community

  • CREATE A TANGIBLE NETWORK  for organizations and individuals working at the intersection of dance + social justice.

 

 
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How inspiring it was to exchange ideas with — and experience movement exploration alongside — so many others attending to the great potential of efforts at the nexus of dance and social justice concerns.
— Toni Shapiro-Phim, Editor, Dance, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Dignity in Motion
 
 
 

PAST SPEAKERS


 
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VIDEO ARCHIVE


 

THE EMBODIED EMPOWERMENT PANEL EVENT

Hosted by the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York, NY, our first conference brought together seven through leaders in the field of dance and social justice to explore themes of movement and making a difference. 

June, 2015

Learn more about the 2015 conference. 

 

THE DANCE + SOCIAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE

On December 7th, Free Body Project teamed up with some incredible partners -- Gibney Dance and New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study -- to curate an engaging event grounded in movement and impact. 

December, 2016

Learn more about the 2016 conference

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THE DANCE + SOCIAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE, RESILIENCE

Hosted by Gibney Dance and the beautiful XX art gallery, our 2017 conference was the biggest to date

 

December, 2017

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