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Dance for Social Change 2019: 
Gentrification and Displacement:
What Does Home Mean to You? 


DG Uprising Company Rehearsals (September 2018 – March 2019) serve as the breeding ground for the development of an original, site-adaptive performance that will premiere at the DSC festival and tour to local schools and community organizations. During 3-hour sessions on Saturdays and 90-minute sessions on Wednesday evenings, a cohort of 20 DSC teen participants identify a social justice issue that matters to them and collaboratively develop an original performance that blends hip hop, contemporary, and Afro-diasporic dances, poetry, and music . In past years, students have chosen the following themes: “Breaking Through The Stigma of Mental Health” (2018); “Women’s Rights and Gender Justice” (2017); and “Raising Student Voices: The School to Prison Pipeline” (2016). Participants will work with acclaimed local dance company, KM Dance Project, to further their dance training, choreography, composition, and performance skills.  

DSC Festival Week (March 23-31, 2019) is a public, week-long event, bookended by the DSC kick-off and the DSC performance weekend. On Saturday, March 23, youth organize the kick-off in the yard of Arise Academy in partnership with local organizations and businesses across St. Claude Ave. This event includes free dance classes, performances by youth performance groups from across the city, community resource tables, a healing arts village, and more. Throughout the week, we will organize events and speakers connected to the 2019 DSC festival theme. On March 30 and 31, our young artists will premiere their powerful new performance piece at the Contemporary Arts Center.  

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. Past performance tour sites include Southern Rep’s Lagniappe pre-show, the Tulane Black Arts festival, Jazz Fest, DG’s GiveNOLA Get Down, and NOMA’s Taylor Foundation Celebration.

If you would like to book a DSC performance, contact Chanice Holmes:

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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