Draegan is a queer and genderfluid, mixed-race Canadian-born settler on indigenous land, from what is now called Vancouver, BC (the unceded territories of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations). Draegan has a background in social activism, and has facilitated a variety of workshops on topics such as consent culture, power and privilege, and gender deconstruction. Draegan also has 9 years of experience as a movement teacher, including fusion dance, contact improv, pilates, yoga, and creative movement. They are passionate about the intersection of social movements and embodied movement – especially looking at uncovering invisible social dynamics in various dance scenes, and using embodied experience as a method of understanding radical ideas.
Aaron Johnson is an earth builder, teacher of closeness, and activist. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He has made a lifelong commitment to use the skills he possesses to end racism. In addition to using intimacy and closeness to blackness as a primary means to that end, the tools he frequently uses are speaking, teaching, singing, photography, filmmaking, and minimalism. Aaron leads a mentoring program called Turn It Up Now that focuses on elevating the power, talent, love, and work ethic of youth. He believes that deep connection is one of the most powerful tools one can use in dismantling racism. His goal is to help white people slow down their reality enough to see blackness, primarily through the use of deep questions. He also uses questions as a lens that white people can use to look at themselves and see how their own wounds and trauma from racism are stopping them from being close to black people. Aaron is a firm believer that if you cannot get close to black people, you cannot be a true advocate for them. Being close to blackness is the revolution.
Dylan Wilder Quinn (pronouns: they/them) is the founder of Wildly Healed, an organization that seeks to create a platform of systemic liberation with a lens of healing our individual and collective traumas through connection, spirituality, pleasure, and autonomy. Dylan works with white people and people of all genders to create trans inclusive, anti-racist leaders and spaces. Dylan is a working class-encultured, trans nonbinary disabled white person. They are passionate about helping fellow white people reclaim their own indigenous heritage in pre-colonized Europe, to embody the pain of their own colonization and culture loss, and using that energy to fight oppression of all groups from a true place of solidarity. They also provide oppression-informed trauma healing sessions focusing on embodiment and neurobiology, read tarot, create rituals, and collectivize with people who know that another world is possible. They are currently exploring their own edges by dreaming about what a community with total systemic consent would look like, including consent from the Earth, and they are looking for fellow dreamers
Aimee is a white woman of western European descent who has been dancing in community and coordinating groups of people since Contra Dancing with her family as a child gave her an appreciation of intergenerational communities. After a brief adventure as an engineer, she has been facilitating diverse communities of movers where people support each other to be themselves in all of their glory. Her community work focuses on building relationships and creating structures and containers that support participants and facilitators to thrive while learning to be vulnerable, resilient, and dismantle systemically oppressive structures. On a more individual level, she is an ontologically trained coach who works with individuals to see clearly who they are and more effectively contribute their gifts to their communities. She mentors and coaches organizers and activists to see what impact they would love to be having in the world and to take action to do so. Aimee is grateful to all those who collaborate with her to create Dance!?! Alt Fusion, the Dancing Root, Mile High Blues, In Love with Movement, Mile High Fusion, and Community, the Verb.
Nancy is the lineage bearer for Skills for Change Coaching. She coaches and teaches individuals seeking embodied radical life transformation and offers a certification program for coaches, therapists, and other practitioners. She co-authored “Access to Power: a Radical Approach for Changing Your Life” and she leads online courses on topics such as The Art of Planning, Understanding Jealousy, Quiet Mind, Wise Adult Consciousness, and Cooperative Communication. Through analysis of power, embodied practices, and freedom from internalized oppression, she helps people change their lives and achieve their dreams. Nancy is co-founder of CoMotion Magic and teaches Contact Fusion, a cooperative, “leader-full,” role-neutral dance that focuses on creativity and consent in each moment. Nancy identifies herself as a white-presenting, pansexual, cis woman who practices relationship anarchy.
Carey French is a queer white cis woman with a deep yearning to facilitate collective healing through immersive anti-oppressive experiences. Her work is primarily as an educator in the realm of consent, boundaries, and sexual sovereignty, where she integrates somatic experiences with nuanced discussions of power to invite an embodied style of learning. She practices anchoring, an energetic form of grounding, to support conflict, big emotions, and healthy release. She helps individuals and communities to practice tools for safe, authentic connection and mutual celebration.
Savannah Rose is a genderqueer dancer, writer, earth shaker and change maker. Though they now live in the Bay Area, they grew up in the Appalachian Mountains and carry those mountains in their heart wherever they go. They are of both white (Scottish) and Puerto Rican decent. Savannah Rose’s work in the world is to bring people close(r) to each other and themselves–primarily through dance, clowning, and deep conversation. Savannah Rose’s inextricable sense of joy and grief in being alive greatly influences the healing and organizing work they do on both a personal and community level. They are relentless in their interrogation of how power dynamics, consent, white supremacy, and the patriarchy all intersect–even and especially in their own interactions with the world. In bringing the Community the Verb team together, Savannah Rose feels immeasurably blessed to have learned so much about whiteness, allyship, trauma, anti-oppressive relationship building, and ultimately, healing.
They are eternally grateful for the endless support of their father, Andy, and deeply believe they would not be who they are today were it not for his continuous care and belief in their journey. They dedicate this work to their mother, Mary Margaret, whose (sun)light guides them always, and to their Puerto Rican ancestors — whose names they do not know.