FREEDOM MOVEMENT PRESENTS
ABOUT THE EVENT
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.
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
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.
How do I attend the event?
When you register, a reminder email will be sent to you the day before and the day of the conference with the link attached.
Will playback be available after the event?
Yes! After the conference you can purchase playback in our archive. The playback rate is either $100 for the entire 2.5 day conference or $20 per lecture. If you attended, you can deduct your ticket price from the playback rate.
How do I register?
You can register right here!
Is this kid friendly?
We firmly believe that since kids are old enough to be racially profiled they are old enough to learn about racism. That said, we will be discussing and confronting deep and mature content including abuse so please use your own discretion as this will not be a censored event.
How can I help?
Some ways you can help:
Get a Pass
Share flyers / event links
Call or message your friends to come
Call or message leaders in the dance community to come
Volunteer your time during the conference
Invite one of our members to go LIVE on your channel
I'm not racist or sexist. Should I still come?
If you are not in anti-racism / decolonization / unsettling work, you should be there.
Will there be other events?
You can count on it! But we will be building on topics as we (hope to) evolve as a community. Don’t let that allow you to not prioritize this one.