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During lockdown, we attended anti-racist conferences, reposted things on social, and did “the work”offline... so, what now? As we begin to gather in physical dance spaces again, how do we take actionable steps to eradicate white supremacy in those spaces? This October, Freedom Movement is offering 8 workshops on oppressive issues that we see today.  To become a more informed and authentic community, we are inviting all teams, studios, and general community members to engage with us through radical vulnerability and self-reflection.


The Water We Swim In: Navigating White Supremacy Culture

Jay Love & Dr. Damon Silas | Oct 16, 12PM

White Supremacy is all around us- in the things we say to each other, in our beliefs and what we value as important, in the collective water we all swim in. Join Dr. Damon Silas and Jay Love as they unpack the intricacies of this white supremacist environment in which we all swim, and present ways to navigate, interrogate and ultimately challenge our surroundings.

Dismantling and Divesting From Codependency

Jade 'Soul' Zuberi | Oct 16, 1:15PM

Codependency runs our lives in many ways and is one of the biggest connections to White Supremacy. Join Soul as he uproots and helps shine light all the ways we're still connected to upholding whiteness via codependency and how to start dismantling and divesting from it.

Principle Centered Teaching

Jillian Amadi Roberts | Oct 16, 2:45PM

Teaching with integrity and purpose requires an unwavering sense of principle. Considering the social injustices that plague marginalized people inside and outside the dance studio, teachers have a responsibility to evaluate how they create learning spaces that foster growth and transformation. This lecture will walk participants through the process of aligning teaching and learning practices with the core values that form an individual’s outlook on humanity. An antiracist lens will be applied to this dance pedagogy, with an emphasis on connecting individual core values with teaching techniques that honor Afrodiasporic tradition.

Aligning with the Center

Breanna Myers & Maygen Nicholson | Oct 16, 4PM

When you create safer spaces by centering the most marginalized in the room and outside of it, then it serves EVERYONE. From racism, to transphobia, to sexual abuse, and beyond, learn how these forms of harm show up in dance spaces and what you can do to take action and hold others accountable to create the change that's long overdue in our dance communities.

Can I Get A Guest Spot?

Jacq Lewis & Jojo Diggs | Oct 17, 12PM

What does it mean to be a guest in Black culture? So many of us benefit from and commercialize Blackness and still consider ourselves contributing. Jacq (she/her) and Jojo (she/they) share guidance from their own individual experiences of guesthood, racial reckoning and how their engagement with the dance community and Black culture has shifted over time.

Leaders are Made

Jay Love | Oct 17, 1:15PM

What makes a leader? Who should lead? How should you lead? As the dance community shifts, so too does its need for strong, authentic, and decolonized leadership. "Leaders are Made" examines our current leadership structures and swings a hammer at the pedestals on which they rest - bringing to light the tenants of authentic leadership underneath.

Addition By Subtraction: Diving Into Friendship Breakups

Jade 'Soul' Zuberi & Jojo Diggs | Oct 17, 2:45PM

A commitment to principles means decentering the Self, and that often comes with perceived loss. Jade (he/they) and Jojo (she/they) share a conversation around radical commitment to community transformation, how we get there and what that entails.

Respond, Refuse, Restore: The 3 R’s of Addressing Recycled Harm

Breanna Myers & Jay Love | Oct 17, 4PM

Both harm and healing take place in community. Join Bre and Jay as they embrace contradiction and explore the possibilities of addressing harm outside of the confines of the carceral system.

Each day will conclude with a panel discussion.


Adapted language from Underground Alchemy via
Little Red Bird Botanicals.

A sliding scale is a tool for building economic justice, and it requires all of our active participation. If a sliding scale is implemented effectively, everyone pays a similar percentage of their income for the same products or services. Sliding scales are often based on individual income levels, with people of high incomes paying more. However, many factors complicate and affect our financial status. 


For this conference, we invite you to use the below chart of annual incomes as a general baseline of what to pay. You may also use the following statements to help select a more equitable pay share that reflects your class background, earning power, financial resources, and levels of privilege.

Annual Income
1-Day Pass
2-Day Pass
Less than $25,000
$25,000 – $50,000
$50,000 – $75,000
$75,000 – $100,000
More than $100,000

Consider paying less on the scale if you…

  • are supporting children or have other dependents

  • have significant debt

  • have medical expenses not covered by insurance

  • receive public assistance

  • have immigration-related expenses

  • are an elder with limited financial support

Consider paying more on the scale if you…

  • own the home you live in

  • have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money

  • travel recreationally

  • have access to family money/resources in times of need

  • work part time by choice

  • have a relatively high degree or earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.).  Even if you are not currently exercising your earning power, I ask you to recognize this as a choice.