THE DANCE + SOCIAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE


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 the field of dance and social justice. 


Current EVENTS


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PAST SPEAKERS


Sohini Chakraborty Founder Director, Kolkata Sanved

Sohini Chakraborty

Founder Director, Kolkata Sanved

Carrie MacLeod Research Director, Dancing at the Crossroads Conflict Transformation Project at the University of British Columbia + Co-Author, The Choreography of Resolution: Conflict, Movement, and Neuroscience

Carrie MacLeod

Research Director, Dancing at the Crossroads Conflict Transformation Project at the University of British Columbia + Co-Author, The Choreography of Resolution: Conflict, Movement, and Neuroscience

Simon Dove Executive and Artistic Director, Dancing in the Streets  

Simon Dove

Executive and Artistic Director, Dancing in the Streets

 

Yasemin Ozumerzifon Senior Community Action Manager, Community Action Program, Gibney Dance

Yasemin Ozumerzifon

Senior Community Action Manager, Community Action Program, Gibney Dance

Amber Elizabeth Grey Director, Restorative Resources Training and Consulting and Executive Director, the Kint Institute

Amber Elizabeth Grey

Director, Restorative Resources Training and Consulting and Executive Director, the Kint Institute

Edward Henkel Creator, MovementTalks

Edward Henkel

Creator, MovementTalks

Alison Gardy Former Director of International Relations, 92nd Street Y

Alison Gardy

Former Director of International Relations, 92nd Street Y

Amy Miller Associate Artistic Director, Gibney Dance

Amy Miller

Associate Artistic Director, Gibney Dance

Beth Silverman-Yam Clinical Advisor, Community Action Program of Gibney Dance

Beth Silverman-Yam

Clinical Advisor, Community Action Program of Gibney Dance

Shawn Lent Social Practice Dance Artist and Manager, Chicago Dancemakers Forum and Createquity

Shawn Lent

Social Practice Dance Artist and Manager, Chicago Dancemakers Forum and Createquity


THE GOALs 


SHARING: Conferences are platforms for global changemakers to share how dance and movement are utilized within diverse international development, social change and peace building programs and initiatives, mapping models for international dance + social justice work.

ENGAGING: The events create a clear and accessible space for the global field of dance and social justice while simultaneously building a community of passionate, curious and engaged practitioners and supporters.

ADVOCACY: Through this space and community, Free Body Project will promote the use of dance and movement within international development practices, programs and policies. This space will also allow donors to better understand how and why dance and movement are powerful resources, improving availability of resources and further benefitting dance and social justice organizations. 


PAST CONFERENCES


THE DANCE + SOCIAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE 2016

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


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. 

 


MOVING FOR PEACE THROUGH THE EYES OF DANCE ACTIVISTS

Held at Brandeis University as part of the annual 'DEIS Impact Social Justice Forum in Waltham, Massachusetts. This first event brought together three thought leaders promoting peace and empowering lives through dance with an avid audience. 

February, 2014