Dance for Social Change (DSC) is an arts and leadership program for high school students in which DSC participants develop new artistic skills, self- and social awareness, and tools for social justice organizing. The program is a collaboration of Dancing Grounds, youth leaders, and other local organizations from across the city of New Orleans. 




DG Uprising Company Rehearsals (September 2018 - May 2019), Saturdays from 12:30-3:30pm at Dancing Grounds serve as the breeding ground for the creation of an original multidisciplinary performance that combines Hip Hop, Contemporary, Afro-diasporic dances, and poetry. Company members select a social justice theme to explore in their performance piece. That theme also becomes the center for the DSC festival. Sessions are facilitated by Chanice Holmes with guest artists acclaimed dance companies such as Urban Bush Women (NYC) and KM Dance Project (New Orleans).

DSC Festival Week (March 23-31, 2019) include: 
- March 23 Community Kick-Off -  a day to raise awareness about the social justice issue explored by the DG Uprising company, including free dance classes, performances by other youth groups, resource tables, family activities, and more.
 -March 24 - 29 - panels and events throughout the week about the social justice theme.
- March 30-31 - DG Uprising company premieres their original work with two evening and one matinee performances. 

DSC Performance Tour (April-May 2019) will bring young people to perform their site-adaptive work at local schools and community organizations. Students will engage in dialogue with their peers and facilitate discussions that highlight the role of youth in impacting social change in their community. 

If you would like to book a DSC performance, contact Chanice Holmes: chanice@dancingrounds.org

DSC launched in 2016 with Raising Student Voices, a series of dance workshops that culminated in site-specific performances in classrooms, hallways, and the cafeteria of Akili Academy.  In 2017, the program grew to include weekly workshops and a Day of Action preceding the festival performances. Students presented original works at the Music Box Village with the theme: Elevating The Playing Field: Women’s Rights and Gender Justice. In 2018, the program expanded further with new support from Dance USA’s Engaging Dance Audiences grant program with the theme Breaking Through The Stigmas of Mental Health. DSC has always been grounded in community partnerships and collaboration. Past partners include: KM Dance Project, BreakOUT!, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), New Orleans Airlift/Music Box Village, Threadhead Cultural Foundation, New Orleans Theatre Association, Design as Protest/Bryan C. Lee, Arise Academy, Women with a Vision, Junebug Productions, Cocoon: Youth Empowerment Project, and New Orleans Youth Open Mic.

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