Workshops

Understanding Whiteness

Dylan Wilder Quinn

What is white culture? In a world where phrases like “Black Culture,” “Asian culture,” “Latino culture” bring up so many ideas and images in our head (even though those generalizations are often broad and inaccurate), why do we struggle to come up with clear definitions of what white culture is? In this workshop we will learn clear, grounded aspects of whiteness and explore how they have affected us, how they impact interactions with POC in the Fusion Scene, and how it would feel to liberate ourselves from these cultural norms. Expect mindfulness, rich conversation with others, and envisioning a different world.

This is not a movement-based workshop.

Undoing and Reclaiming Whiteness

Dylan Wilder Quinn

Now that we understand some of the basic aspects of white culture that affect us and POC, how do we go about changing it? What do these cultural elements look like day-to-day as white people relate to POC? What are microaggressions, and how do I respond to them? What is cultural appropriation, and what’s the big deal, anyways? We will explore these questions through mindfulness and connection to self and others. You will practice tangible tools to take back to the dance community, wrestle with the history of Fusion, honor your own ancestors in this fight, and work to reclaim whiteness as those who fight against oppression. Expect mindfulness, rich conversation with others, and envisioning a different world.

This is not a movement-based workshop.

 

Aaron Johnson

The goal of Aaron’s work is to help white-identified people slow down their reality enough to see blackness, primarily through the use of deep questions. Aaron will also use questions as a lens that attendees 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 we cannot get close to black people, we cannot be true advocates for them. Being close to blackness is the deepest, most personal aspect of the revolution to end racism. Start the journey and work towards understanding and including blackness as part of your dismantling racism work.

The Invisible Dance

Draegan Loretta Laurin

In this workshop we’ll have a peak under the covers at the assumptions and stories we have about our dance experience, and how that supports or undermines racial justice. We’ll bring attention to subtle elements that inform the dance such as cultural and social structures, our internal stories, our judgements and projections, and our body language. Through a mix of open conversation and movement exercises, we’ll start the process of unraveling and understanding the invisible dances we dance.

Dance Your Activism

Draegan Loretta Laurin

In this workshop we’ll look at specific partner dance techniques as both a practical and a metaphorical approach to racial justice. How can you use your dance to process feelings of shame, guilt, anger, and defensiveness, without putting it on another person? What does it mean to embody allyship in our movement patterns and in the ways we connect with others? How can you put relationships and deep listening at the heart of your dance, and remain open to your blindspots? This is a chance to start to integrate your learning from the weekend in an embodied way.

A basic understanding of partner dance connection is recommended.