The School at TU Dance Center 2021 Spring Student Showcase, June 22

Please join us virtually for the The School at TU Dance Center’s 2021 Spring Student Showcase Watch Party. The showcase will include works featuring the students from the Children & Teen and Pre-Professional Programs that were filmed at the beautiful Raspberry Island in St. Paul, Minnesota. These works were choreographed by TU Dance Center Teaching Artists, and include a new work, entitled Reset, by international guest artist, Marcus Jarrell Willis who worked with the students virtually from Cardiff, Wales over the past year. Reset is a choreographic work, made for film, which reflects not only our current state of being in these challenging times, but also offers insight into the journey that lies ahead for TU Dance. We hope you will join us as we recognize the beautiful work of our students and faculty, and offer a special congratulations to this year’s Pre-Professional student graduates!

Tuesday, June 22 at 5:30pm CST

Tickets will be available for purchase until one hour before showcase start time.
Ticket Price Tiers: $10, $15 and $25 (suggested for households)

*Zoom link will be emailed 30 minutes prior to the performance.

If you would like to make a donation in support of TU Dance’s activities, please click here.

In-Person Open Classes at TU Dance Center, June 2021

TU Dance Center’s open classes are back! Join us for in-person dance classes for intermediate/advanced dancers with teaching Artists Leila Awadallah, Laurel Keen and Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez.

Classes start this Friday, June 11

  • Wednesdays | 10:30am-12:00pm, Ballet with Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez
  • Thursdays | 10:30am-12:00pm, Body Watani (body-as-homeland practice + Arabic dance) with Leila Awadallah
  • Fridays | 10:30am-12:00pm, Ballet Barre + Contemporary Phrasework with Laurel Keen

Cost: $15 (please register a minimum of 24 hours in advance)

If using a Class Card, please email us at education@tudance.org with your name, class title and class date at least 24 hours in advance. Upon arrival at TU Dance Center, please present your class card to a TU Dance staff member or Teaching Artist.

Please select the class you wish to take: :
Please select a payment option: :
Student Name:

TU Dance Center is continuing to have COVID-related restrictions. A limited number of dancers will be allowed per class. Dancers must complete the TU Dance Center Health Self-Assessment  within 24 hours of class start time, and must practice social distancing and wear a mask during their visit and while taking dance classes. These classes will be provided only in person.

More about Leila Awadallah:

Leila Awadallah is a Palestinian American dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker based between Minneapolis and Beirut. In 2019 she began developing Body Watani, an emerging dance project and practice reflecting on notions of home/land through movement research and performance. Now in creative partnership with her sister Noelle Awadallah, they will premiere Body Watani’s first piece, TERRANEA at the Candy Box festival. Leila has received multiple fellowships, grants and residencies to research her practice and create original works; most notably the Jerome Hill Fellowship (2021-2023), Amalgam Residency (2021), Arab American National Museum Residency (2020), Jerome@Camargo Residency (2020), Springboard 20/20 Fellowship (2018-2019), Daring Dances Choreographic Residency & Fellowship (2019), and the Jerome Travel & Research Grant (2018). Her performances and films have been presented extensively in the Twin Cities, the broader midwest region, and in Lebanon. She received two awards for her performances in festivals at the Lebanese National Theatre (2019). Leila’s artistry as a performer and choreographer is rooted in the formative experiences of working with Ananya Dance Theatre (2014-2019) and co-creating the Kelvin Wailey dance project, as well as her BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota.

Summer 2021 | Equipoise Program, July 28-August 24

In partnering with TU Dance, Equipoise will provide the unique, hybrid (online/in person), opportunity of having individualized curriculum alongside one-on-one assessment sessions and coaching that compliment and deepen professional training. (see the Equipoise TU Dance Flyer)

In addition to the TU Dance Summer Intensive classes, Equipoise will provide the following workshops and sessions:

  • Self care/Health & Wellbeing
  • Contract fluency
  • Audition coaching
  • Self advocacy
  • Personal & professional budgeting
  • Personal branding
  • Injury prevention
  • Resume preparation
  • Workers rights
  • and more

Click here to download the Summer 2021 Equipoise Program Daily Schedule.

Click here to download the 2021 Pre-Professional Summer Intensive Levels 4-5 Daily Schedule.

Equipoise’s selection process is a deliberate and intentional effort to create a diverse, inclusive community of artists. Interested students should submit the Summer 2021 | Equipoise Program Artist Application Form and a video link of an example of the applicant’s dancing by July 7, 2021. Students will be notified by July 14, 2021 with registration instructions for those selected to join the program. Students must be accepted and enrolled in the TU Dance Pre-Professional Summer Intensive Levels 4-5 to apply for the Equipoise Program.

If applicants are more comfortable communicating responses verbally, please submit a video, of 3 minutes or less, in lieu of a written reply.

Scholarships and payment plans are available for qualifying students. Scholarship application deadline: July 26, 2021. Please contact TU Dance School Coordinator Maxine Yamazaki at education@tudance.org or (612) 235-7634 for more information.

Tuition: $545 (in addition to TU Dance Summer Intensive Level 4-5 tuition $1,325)

Registration Deadline: July 7

Equipoise is a diverse collective of established professionals offering expertise in relevant areas of the performing arts – supporting and mentoring young dance artists and providing tools and resources to nurture the growth, development, and success of professionally oriented dancers.

The Equipoise Team

Alia Kache | Choreographer, Educator, Former Rehearsal Director of Ailey II, Current Swing for Disney’s The Lion King (Broadway & Tour).

Ruthlyn Salomons | AAADT, The White Oak Dance Project, Donald Byrd/The Group, Resident Dance Supervisor of The Lion King Broadway Company.

Dr. Carol Marie Webster | Sociocultural anthropologist and performance researcher working at intersections of Arts, Health, Healing and Activism.

Ron Vodicka | Labor Advocate, Lighting Designer. Stage Manager, Production Manager for artists and companies around the world. Currently the PSM for The Lion King on Broadway.

Nina Wurtzel | NYC Dance photographer, NY Times, Dance Magazine, Broadway World, BCEFA/DRA, top dance and theater companies. Former dancer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and
Concouredanse.

Huong Hoang | Producer, Manager, Arts administrator. Currently General Manager at The Joyce Theater Foundation in NYC.

To learn more about The Equipoise Team click here.

Youth Inspiring Youth: Celebrating Amanda Gorman

Celebrating the accomplishments of the vibrant local, national and international youth with the purpose of inspiring our TU Dance Center’s youth and the community at large. This educational activity creates yet another space at TU Dance Center to elevate our youth. Students from The School at TU Dance Center will bring forward a young individual that inspires them for their work in any discipline, and answer the question: why am I inspired by [name]?. The selected youth and their journey will be shared with the community at TU Dance Center, social media channels and newsletters.

A series of Town Halls will be scheduled to spark conversation and learn about our youth being inspired by youth. Youth Inspiring Youth is a great opportunity to engage our community in a positive and uplifting way. More information coming soon!

Youth: the period between childhood and adult age. What is adult age? How do we define youth? How do YOU define youth?

To kick off this activity the staff of TU Dance has selected Amanda Gorman as the first YOUTH INSPIRING YOUTH!

Amanda Gorman
Wordsmith. Change-maker.

Gorman is an American poet and activist. Her work focuses on issues
of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization, as well as the African diaspora. Gorman was the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate.

Age 22

(Read more about Amanda Gorman)

Photos: (top) Amanda Gorman by Kelia Anne for Rolling Stone magazine; (bottom) Amanda Gorman courtesy of theamandagorman.com

Dance Thrives Here | April 28, 2021

Join us, as TU Dance virtually embodies an evening of performances and celebration featuring works by renowned choreographer Ronald K. Brown. Dance lives and thrives in the bodies of the artists at TU Dance Center, bringing in the energy to move forward into the future we envision. By centering the location of this energy in the body, we are reminded that whether it be on zoom, in our homes, in the studio, or on a stage, we all continue to connect through dance.

Dance Thrives Here… will include:

  • Voices from the students, alumni, artists, parents, board and audience members
  • Three recorded works by Ronald K. Brown. Clear as Tear Water originally created for Toni Pierce-Sands and Where the Light Shines Through performed by the company, and Four Corners performed by the students of The School at TU Dance Center
  • A celebratory toast…be ready to raise your glass!
  • Post-show discussion with Toni Pierce-Sands, Ronald K. Brown Artistic Director, and Arcell Cabuag Associate Artistic Director of Evidence a Dance Company

Wednesday, April 28th at 7:00 pm (CST).

The length of the event is approximately 45 minutes. Zoom link will be emailed to those registered 24 hours in advance.

Please register for this FREE event here.

Donations are welcomed @ www.givemn.org/story/dance-thrives-here.

Photo: TU Dance Center mural designed by Lela Pierce and created in collaboration with the community. Copyrighted ©

Virtual Open Classes, Week of January 11, 2021

We are excited to offer these virtual open classes focusing on self-care and well-being with teaching artists DejaJoelle, Lynn Barre and Wendy Anderson.

Cost: sliding scale $8, $12, or $15
(please register a minimum of 24 hours in advance)

Please select the class you wish to take: :
Please select a payment option: :
Student Name:

Virtual We Dance TU with DejaJoelle
Thursday, January 14 (6:00-7:00pm CST) 

Join teaching artist Deja Joelle for “We Dance TU”, a dance session that prioritizes BIG BODIES and welcomes participants age 18+. Utilizing African based movement, discussion and Self – Love/affirmation, this space is for all who were told they were “too (something)” to be a dancer—even if you were the one who told yourself. This space is to make discoveries in your body, your creativity, your YOU!

DejaJoelle uses Traditional West African Dance and Black social dance to create an aesthetic that promotes healing and Self – Love. DejaJoelle is an interdisciplinary artist who is guided by ancestral dance and healing. Deja believes Self – Love is the first step in healing from your past and ensuring the fullness of your present. Through dance, mindfulness, Self – reflection, and affirmation, Deja is developing a dance aesthetic that promotes/evokes healing. In addition to dance, Deja creates intentional spaces for otherwise marginalized groups such as the LGBTQ2, BIPOC and Deaf community. Recent intentional space holding created for the Minneapolis Institute of Art under the title Discover Yourself: Golden Season, which was a day-long healing conference in collaboration with local Healing Artists with workshops including: Black Pleasure, Finding your Divinity, Body Reclamation, Afro Futurism, Sound Bathing, and many more. DejaJoelle, believes dance and healing should be fully accessible, and curated this conference to be completely free including childcare and food. In addition, DejaJoelle is proficient in American Sign Language and is intentional about making space for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. DejaJoelle continues to activate this work at Northside Healing Space where she directs her dance company BLAQ and holds community Dance and Healing Sessions and activities monthly. She works closely with Dr. Joi Lewis, a nationally known Healer, Author, and Joy instigator to deepen her research in solidifying her healing practice. Her ultimate goals include guiding herself and others to their higher selves, creating stronger community ties, and building an accessible revolution. “I believe in movement that brings life to the dancer’s experience. I’m based in traditional West African dance and informed by life experiences. I believe in dancing from the inside out. With rhythm. With love.”

Virtual GYROKINESIS® with Wendy Anderson
Tuesday, January 12 (4:30-6:00pm CST)

The Gyrokinesis Method is a movement method that addresses the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original and unique method, which coordinates movement, breath and mental focus. The Gyrokinesis Method is practiced on a mat and chair, without equipment. Without the feedback and guidance of equipment, participants in a Gyrokinesis class are more dependent on their own proprioception to explore movement sequences. (https://www.gyrotonic.com/about/gyrokinesis-method/)

Participants age 16+ are welcome to join and please have an armless chair/stool and yoga mat/blanket readily available.

More about Wendy

Yoga with Lynn Barre
Thursday, January 14 (4:30-6:00pm CST)

This practice will keep the winter fire lit by fortifying the body and nourishing the heart, mind and spirit. Class will progress from warming and active practices towards deep and supported rest.

More about Lynn

Photos: Wendy Anderson provided by Wendy Anderson, DejaJoelle by Maya Clark of Culture Piece Magazine, Lynn Barre by Luciana Pampalone.

Winter Practice, January 11-16

Please join us for a 4-day virtual workshop with teaching artists DejaJoelle, Gregory Dolbashian, Lynn Barre, Maurya Kerr and Wendy Anderson as we take the opportunity to slow down, restore, refill and tune into our bodies and minds for the start of a new year. Open to participants age 16+.

To register please complete this Registration Form and payment below.

Cost: $150

Student Name:

*Interested students financially affected by COVID-19 and unable to afford the workshop fee, please contact us at education@tudance.org or 612-605-1925.

Monday, 1/11
5:00-6:00pm GYROKINESIS® with Wendy Anderson
6:00-7:00pm Improvisation with Gregory Dolbashian
Wednesday, 1/13 5:00-6:30pm Movements in Meditation with DejaJoelle
Friday, 1/15 5:00-7:00pm GYROKINESIS® + Improvisation with Maurya Kerr
Saturday, 1/16
11:00am-12:30pm Movements in Meditation with DejaJoelle
12:45-2:15pm Yoga with Lynn Barre

*all times in CST | all classes will take place via Zoom

GYROKINESIS® with Wendy Anderson
The GYROKINESIS® Method is a movement method that addresses the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original and unique method, which coordinates movement, breath and mental focus. The GYROKINESIS® Method is practiced on a mat and chair, without equipment. Without the feedback and guidance of equipment, participants in a GYROKINESIS® class are more dependent on their own proprioception to explore movement sequences. (https://www.gyrotonic.com/about/gyrokinesis-method/)

More about Wendy

Improvisation
Gregory Dolbashian’s Flow Space creates an atmosphere that allows for the act of “pure play” to help dance artists use more capacity, intellect, sense, courage, and imagination in their movement styles. The class is a highly developed series of improvisational tools and games that warms and pushes both the mind and the body to break habits and fulfill more presence. These exercises are all methods that Gregory has developed and utilized to create movement with The DASH. The artists learn confidence not just in themselves but also in the environment that they are a part of. Games and tasks work both on the individual and in tandem, so that Flow Space creates a community for progress, inspiration, and most of all, discovery.

More about Greg

Movements in Meditation with DejaJoelle
A virtual safe space to generate movement while preserving and tending to your mental health. Sessions are 30% discussion-based. The curriculum focuses on using Dance and Body to heal from, confront, and identify emotional pain in the body. How does one use this not for performance but for personal growth and enlightenment?

More about DejaJoelle: DejaJoelle uses Traditional West African Dance and Black social dance to create an aesthetic that promotes healing and Self – Love. DejaJoelle is an interdisciplinary artist who is guided by ancestral dance and healing. Deja believes Self – Love is the first step in healing from your past and ensuring the fullness of your present. Through dance, mindfulness, Self – reflection, and affirmation, Deja is developing a dance aesthetic that promotes/evokes healing. In addition to dance, Deja creates intentional spaces for otherwise marginalized groups such as the LGBTQ2, BIPOC and Deaf community. Recent intentional space holding created for the Minneapolis Institute of Art under the title Discover Yourself: Golden Season, which was a day-long healing conference in collaboration with local Healing Artists with workshops including: Black Pleasure, Finding your Divinity, Body Reclamation, Afro Futurism, Sound Bathing, and many more. DejaJoelle, believes dance and healing should be fully accessible, and curated this conference to be completely free including childcare and food. In addition, DejaJoelle is proficient in American Sign Language and is intentional about making space for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. DejaJoelle continues to activate this work at Northside Healing Space where she directs her dance company BLAQ and holds community Dance and Healing Sessions and activities monthly. She works closely with Dr. Joi Lewis, a nationally known Healer, Author, and Joy instigator to deepen her research in solidifying her healing practice. Her ultimate goals include guiding herself and others to their higher selves, creating stronger community ties, and building an accessible revolution. “I believe in movement that brings life to the dancer’s experience. I’m based in traditional West African dance and informed by life experiences. I believe in dancing from the inside out. With rhythm. With love.”

GYROKINESIS® + Improvisation
Maurya Kerr’s session starts with a GYROKINESIS® class, followed by diving into being, a class that offers an improvisatory landscape of generative play and imaginative rigor. Participants will challenge self-conceived limits of generosity and curiosity; fortify creative, investigative, and physical stamina; and plummet into the exquisite messiness of having a body.

More about Maurya

Yoga with Lynn Barre
Class will transition from moving meditation toward greater stillness as we support and integrate the whole being.  We’ll continue to cultivate the conditions for healing through breath, alignment, attention and presence.

More about Lynn

Photos: (top) Laura Kane Scher Photography. (bottom left to right) Wendy Anderson provided by Wendy Anderson, Gregory Dolbashian by Mike Esperanza, DejaJoelle by Maya Clark of Culture Piece Magazine, Maurya Kerr by Quinn B Wharton, Lynn Barre by Luciana Pampalone.

Support to TU Dance as we end 2020!

TU Dance Center has long been a place for our community to express the unwavering belief that Black, Indigenous and people of color matter, and where our hope for the future we imagine is possible. In this moment of nationwide racial reckoning, TU Dance has been making space for:

  • Deepened engagement with our community through critical conversations and reflections
  • Transformative and engaging experiences
  • Creative collaboration with local visual artists and our community (mural website) 

As the community cried out for justice after the murder of George Floyd, TU Dance created restorative spaces, provided platforms for community expression and healing, as it has been since its foundation.

Through the economic upheaval, we remained committed to preserving the welfare of our company dancers, teaching artists, accompanists and staff. Since COVID-19, our focus has been on The School. We have adjusted and adapted our programs to support our entire community in the following ways:

 Allocated additional funds to the TU Dance Access Fund to aid families affected by financial hardship, providing almost $40,000 in financial assistance this calendar year — for a total of $656,566 in assistance  since the school’s founding in 2011 

  • Reduced tuition for workshops and facilitated free weekly classes 
  • Adapted our programming to a hybrid model where students participate remotely or masked and socially-distanced in the studio

We are heartened by the courage and creativity of our staff, teaching artists and accompanists as they continue to carry out our mission, and we are so inspired by the work our students are doing every day. 

As 2020 comes to a close, we invite you to take time and reflect with us on what has been an extraordinary year. Extraordinary in both the challenges our community continues to face and how we reimagine ways to not only survive but thrive. Annual support from individual donors like you make it possible for TU Dance to continue to provide the needed platform where artists, students and audiences experience the connective power of dance in new and meaningful ways. As we approach the end of the year, we ask you to consider a tax-deductible gift to TU Dance. 

We are looking forward with hope and new inspiration to 2021. We reaffirm more than ever our vision of a world that is culturally aware, celebrates diversity and advances equity; and even in this time, we find ways to play, to create, to embrace, to celebrate and to plan for the year ahead. Your gift will help us continue with this important part of our mission.

To give online today click here here! Donations can also be made by check  (made payable to TU Dance and mailed to P.O. Box 40405, St. Paul, MN 55104).

With our gratitude and best wishes for the new year,

Toni Pierce-Sands, Artistic Director and Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez, Executive Director

TU Dance invites you to join us November 19th for GIVE to the MAX Day!

Greetings from TU Dance!

This time has brought to all of us challenges never experienced, yet an opportunity to regenerate, reimagine, rethink, reenvigour, regroup.

It’s inspiring to connect with our students taking online and in-person classes, and witnessing how our teaching artists and accompanists continue to deliver high-quality training and support to our students. The video below is an example of how TU Dance is sustaining the connective power of dance during this new era, where our students find creative ways to communicate with fierce expressiveness.

The School at TU Dance Center programs have been re-imagined to support our entire community as we transitioned to remote and hybrid learning platforms. We are heartened by the courage, passion, and creativity of our staff, teaching artists, and accompanists as they continue to carry out our mission. Below are a few highlights of their efforts as we continue to navigate this new virtual world:

  • We continued offering classes for our Pre-Professional, Children & Teen, and Adult programs during the Spring and Summer.
  • We continued our contracts with 24 teachers and 11 accompanists.
  • Our company dancers were furloughed in April, and we honored, in full, our contractual responsibilities providing them all severance packages.
  • The financial aid application process was reopened in April 2020 and additional funds were allocated beyond what was initially budgeted to our TU Dance Access Fund to aid families affected by unexpected financial hardship.
  • We reduced the tuition of the Adult and Dancing Together workshops by 33%.
  • We developed brand new programming to support the emotional well-being of our community.
  • We facilitated three free weekly online classes with an average participation of 30 local, national, and international students.
  • We transformed our Spring Student Showcase into a live interactive virtual event, which included performances from all our Pre-Professional and Children & Teen programs.
  • In response to yet another killing in the hands of the police, we offered two virtual community conversations Taking time and space to reset, led by Mary K. Boyd, president and CEO of MKB & Associates, an education and human services consulting business and educator who advocates for the recognition, respect, voice, strength and potential of African/African American children, youth and families.
  • Our summer programming continued with masterclasses, summer programs, and intensives with TU Dance Center teaching artists and renowned national teaching artists such as Renee Robinson, Maurya Kerr, and Gregory Dolbashian. Additionally, we collaborated with New York-based dance company Evidence, A Dance Company featuring Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown and Associate Artistic Director Arcell Cabuag. The newly designed summer intensive named Intersect attracted students from many US cities as well as from Japan, Uruguay, and Turkey.
  • We re-imagined our Fall classes to include a hybrid of in-person and virtual classes which included national and international guest artists Peggy Seipp-Roy (California), Arcell Cabuag (NYC) and Marcus Jarrell Willis (England).
  • With the support of Aroha Philanthropies, and considering the state of social, political and economical hardship, we were able to offer National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) workshops for all of our staff, teaching artists, accompanists, students and parents. www.namimn.org
  • We have been participating in local and national conversations about reopening with Dance/USA and IABD (International Association of Blacks in Dance), and other local art groups.

TU Dance reaches through diverse dance traditions to uncover the connective power of dance for audiences, students, artists, and the community.

We’ve continued to fulfill our mission with imagination and remain steadfast and uplifted by our community’s resilience. TU Dance Center will continue to be a space for our community to express the unwavering belief that black and brown lives matter and our hope for the future that we imagine is possible. This season, we are planning a series of community conversations, creating the space for continued reflection and learning.

From Nov 1-19, TU Dance joins the GiveMN’s #GiveMN campaign. We invite you to participate in continuing to build this new chapter of our story. Your contribution to TU Dance will help us maintain and create new and needed programming while we support all of those who make TU Dance’s mission a reality.

Together we will get through this!Please consider making a donation to TU Dance by visiting: www.givemn.org/organization/TU-Dance or by clicking on the “I Gave” button.

Together we got this!

All of us at TU Dance

Fall 2020 Adult Workshop Series: Movements in Meditation with DejaJoelle

A virtual safe space for participants age 18+ to generate movement while preserving and tending to their mental health. Sessions are 30% discussion-based. The curriculum focuses on using Dance and Body to heal from, confront, and identify emotional pain in the body. How does one use this not for performance but for personal growth and enlightenment?

SESSION 1 (4 weeks):

Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm
October 15-November 5

SESSION 2 (4 weeks):
Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm
November 12-December 10 (NO class on November 26)

Cost: $60/participant
Interested students financially affected by COVID-19 and unable to afford the workshop fee, please contact us at education@tudance.org or 612-605-1925.

To complete your registration, please submit this form and pay the fee below.

Please select one option below :
Student Name:

DejaJoelle uses Traditional West African Dance and Black social dance to create an aesthetic that promotes healing and Self – Love. DejaJoelle is an interdisciplinary artist who is guided by ancestral dance and healing. Deja believes Self – Love is the first step in healing from your past and ensuring the fullness of your present. Through dance, mindfulness, Self – reflection, and affirmation, Deja is developing a dance aesthetic that promotes/evokes healing. In addition to dance, Deja creates intentional spaces for otherwise marginalized groups such as the LGBTQ2, BIPOC and Deaf community. Recent intentional space holding created for the Minneapolis Institute of Art under the title Discover Yourself: Golden Season, which was a day-long healing conference in collaboration with local Healing Artists with workshops including: Black Pleasure, Finding your Divinity, Body Reclamation, Afro Futurism, Sound Bathing, and many more. DejaJoelle, believes dance and healing should be fully accessible, and curated this conference to be completely free including childcare and food. In addition, DejaJoelle is proficient in American Sign Language and is intentional about making space for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. DejaJoelle continues to activate this work at Northside Healing Space where she directs her dance company BLAQ and holds community Dance and Healing Sessions and activities monthly. She works closely with Dr. Joi Lewis, a nationally known Healer, Author, and Joy instigator to deepen her research in solidifying her healing practice. Her ultimate goals include guiding herself and others to their higher selves, creating stronger community ties, and building an accessible revolution. “I believe in movement that brings life to the dancer’s experience. I’m based in traditional West African dance and informed by life experiences. I believe in dancing from the inside out. With rhythm. With love.”

Photo by Maya Clark of Culture Piece Magazine

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