Every Body Move Workshops: Black Girl Spectrum
FREE dance classes for young girls/teens
Saturdays from Mar 5-May 28
It's back!! Queens Theatre, in partnership with the acclaimed Camille A. Brown & Dancers, welcomes girls and teens for a fun, 12-part, socially distanced series of free dance workshops. CABD’s Every Body Move program fosters and nurtures everyone’s innate creativity through social dance workshops, which joyfully celebrate the rich legacy and history of African American and African diaspora-based movement traditions found in social dance.
These workshops will take place in-person at Queens Theatre located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Space is extremely limited.
In accordance with New York City’s vaccine mandate for indoor activities, anyone entering the building five years of age and older are required to show proof of completed vaccination against COVID-19. Masks are required for everyone indoors regardless of vaccination status.
Black Girl Spectrum (BGS) dance workshops teach a variety of social dance moves from Afro-Caribbean social dances (i.e. Soca, from Trinidad-Tobago), Afro-Haitian dances (Nago, Contredanse), Afro-Latin dance (Salsa), an amalgam of West African dances, and contemporary Hip Hop. Participants are encouraged to personalize these moves, improvising and making them their own. Together as a group, the participants will build their own brief dance inspired by their favourite social dance moves.
BGS workshops aim to nurture Black, Brown and girls of color brilliance through social dance workshops that spur creativity and self-expression, promote health, well-being and body positivity and nurture pride in the rich and diverse history of New York City’s girls and teens of color.
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Group 1 - FREE
Young Girls of Color
Group 2 - FREE
Young Women of Color
About Camille A. Brown & Dancers
Founded in 2006, Camille A. Brown & Dancers (CABD) is a Bessie Award-winning, NYC-based dance company that soars through history like a whirlwind, reclaiming the cultural narratives of the African American identity with its intellectually rigorous, emotionally raw and thought-provoking repertory. CABD’s dances are celebrated for their riveting movement that weaves together the techniques and aesthetics of Modern, Hip Hop, African, Ballet, Tap and social dance into a thrilling new language that ripples with energy and urgency. CABD tours nationally and internationally, performing in over 70 cities and dozens of states at leading festivals and venues, reaching 20,000 people annually. Our Social Dance for Social Change virtual school has 90,000+ viewers and counting. Brown’s TED-Ed talk, A Visual History of Social Dance in 25 Moves, has over 15 million views on Facebook. https://www.camilleabrown.org
About Every Body Move
Camille A. Brown & Dancers’ community engagement platform, Every Body Move (EBM), CABD is a multifaceted virtual and in-person dance education and community engagement program that uses social dance/movement workshops as a tool to cultivate the creative capacity of girls and young women, young men and families in NYC and nationally. Our flagship EBM program— Black Girl Spectrum—centers on uplifting young Black and Brown adolescent girls by spurring creativity and self-expression, fostering self-confidence and body positivity, instilling pride in the legacy of the African diaspora, and promoting health and well-being through movement and dance. The Company partners with numerous community centers, arts organizations, NYC public schools and social service organizations throughout the five boroughs to provide free workshops to those with little access to the arts.
Camille A. Brown & Dancers’ EBM program catalyzes the vast legacy and heritage of social dance in the African diaspora to engage and activate the creative potential and community power of Black people in NYC neighborhoods. Brown has stated, “Dance is a language, and social dance is an expression that emerges from a community. Social dances bubble up, change, and spread like wildfire. Each dance has steps that everyone can agree on, but it is about the individual and their creative identity. African American social dances are creative vehicles carrying over 200 years of movement history, tracing back to West Africa and the dances of enslaved people throughout the African diaspora—that have influenced African American history and contemporary world culture.” Celebrating social dance re-enforces bonds and builds connections, making it an ideal tool to build community, honor and remember culture, serve as an outlet for personal creative expression and a catalyst for personal and social change. https://www.everybodymove.world/
Meet the Instructor
Ethel Annette Calhoun was born in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx where her love for the arts was nurtured. She has used her passion for the arts as a professional dancer, performer, and dance educator, with twenty years of performance and dance instruction experience, including teaching at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Camille A. Brown & Dancers, where she is an Every Body Move Teaching Artist/Community Facilitator. She has held principle roles in numerous theatrical productions on stage and screen, performed with many Gospel groups as vocal soloist, and taught traditional West African Dance in colleges across the nation. Ethel holds degrees from Lincoln University and New York University. She joined Camille A. Brown & Dancers Every Body Move program in 2019.
About Camille A. Brown
Camille A. Brown is a prolific Black female choreographer, who is reclaiming the cultural narratives of African American identity. Her bold work taps into both ancestral stories and contemporary culture to capture a range of deeply personal experiences. Ms. Brown strives to instill curiosity and reflection in diverse audiences through her emotionally raw and thought-provoking work. Her driving passion is to empower Black bodies to tell their story using their own language through movement and dialogue. Ms. Brown’s award-winning company Camille A, Brown & Dancers has toured throughout the US and internationally, performing in over 70 cities. Through her company, Ms. Brown provides outreach activities to students, young adults, and men and women across the country.
Ms. Brown has received numerous honors for her powerful body of work. She is the recipient of the 2021 ISPA/International Society for the Performing Arts’ Distinguished Artist Award, a 2020 Dance Magazine Award, and 2020 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Choreography. She is a Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow, United States Artists Award-winner, two-time Audelco Award recipient, Bessie Award recipient, five-time Princess Grace Award-winner, Guggenheim Fellow, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, a New York City Center Award recipient, TED Fellow, a Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, and most recently an Emerson Collective Fellow. Her work has been commissioned by renowned dance organizations such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Urban Bush Women, Complexions, Ballet Memphis, and Hubbard Street II, to name a few. Her work, City of Rain, originally created on CABD in 2010, entered the repertory of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in December 2019.
Brown’s interest in storytelling extends to choreographic work for theater, where she’s received Tony and Drama Desk nominations for her work. Broadway and Off-Broadway theater and television credits include: Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Tony Award-winning Broadway revival, Once On This Island (Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and Chita Rivera nominations), Toni Stone (Drama Desk, Lortel nominee), and Emmy Award-winning Jesus Christ Superstar Live on NBC. Ms. Brown is the choreographer of The Metropolitan Opera’s 2019 production of Porgy & Bess. She will make her directorial debut when she returns to the Met Opera in the fall of 2021 to choreograph and co-direct, with James Robinson, Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Ms. Brown will also direct and choreograph Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf on Broadway and direct and choreograph Ain’t Misbehavin’ for the Westport Country Playhouse, both in 2022. She made her feature film debut choreographing for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, directed by George C. Wolfe (Netflix, released11/17/2020). http://www.camilleabrown.org/