COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
Racism, sexism, patriarchy, generational trauma, other folks’ emotional immaturity, toxic theology … These things weigh on us. They try to steal our self-love and self-worth. They try to silence us. They try to block joy, pleasure, and general well-being from our lives. As part of my resistance to all that, I created the Black Womanhood (Re-) Affirmation Project.
Originally called “Black Womanhood Revival,” the Black Womanhood (Re-)Affirmation project is a course and workshop program that builds radical self-love in and reaffirms the resilience of Black women, women of color, and other participants utilizing literature, writing, and dance that center Black women’s experiences.
The knowledge I’ve gained through studying writing, dance, Pan African Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Religious Studies catalyzed my personal transformation and have helped me confront past hurts and damaging beliefs, know the ways I need to be cared for, love myself fiercely, and build sisterhood. With this knowledge, I feel empowered to work in community with others to address such topics as ancestral memory, generational trauma, religion, shame, sexuality, and healing. Ancestors Toni Cade Bambara, Maya Angelou, Ntozake Shange, Toni Morrison, and others proved we can re-member, (re-)consider these issues, and find peace within ourselves. I do my best to follow these legendary Black writers and dancers as I use my art to illuminate the journey towards freedom and wholeness.
To attend a workshop, host one for your organization or group, or inquire about my workshop content or process, please contact me.
Current and Upcoming Classes
Dance fitness live, from my living room to yours
Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm and Wednesdays, noon-1:30 pm
Think Zumba, but better, because in my class, the music and dances are rooted in traditional beats and steps from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and African American culture. I modify the steps to create easy-to-follow routines you can now do from home, and I always include the song the class is named for.
Pay what you can! Suggested donation is $6 per household, per class.
Register via eventbrite, then pay through the electronic method of your choice. I’ll send a zoom link about an hour before each class.
Suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak: Dance Fitness @ West Philly YMCA. Join me for Bust a Dance instead!
Now booking: Girl Power Theater – The Choreopoem
In this workshop, we’ll use theater and dance to help girls ages 9+ uplift and express their identities. Inspired by texts from folks like Jacqueline Woodson and Ntozake Shange, we’ll use our words, voices, and bodies to create a short choreopoem. Mighty Writers facilitates scheduling for this workshop, so contact their Education Director, Rachel Loeper, at 267-403-4142, or at email@example.com to request this workshop for girls at your school, place of worship, community center, or other organization. Everything is closed due to COVID-19, so if you book this workshop, it’s going to be for July or later, and it may be modified to be held virtually.