“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
– Pablo Picasso
2022 Read for Change Program Logo - Artist: Leila Toubia '23
the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time.
Directed by Yusha-Marie Sorzano and Francisco Gella, Zeitgeist Dance Theatre is dedicated to showcasing then and now. From honoring moments from the past to connecting to the future, Zeitgeist commits to forming bonds between dancers of all walks of life and fostering community and individuality in an industry where conformity is the norm.
The ZDT Racial Justice Dance on Film Project uses personal stories from company members to create a spoken word performance, which touches on various themes relating to equal justice. It includes stories about profiling, tokenism, mental health, body image, sexuality and gender expression, protests, loss of loved ones, and… . The film educates viewers on different forms of privilege, and discusses the idea that one can be privileged in one way, but not in another. An overarching theme of the film is the idea of trying to understand others’ hardships without having experienced them.
Click this link and scroll to The ZDT Racial Justice Dance on Film Project, 2020, to watch the full video and read about the filming process.
Professional dancer Jenna Johnson Chmerkovskiy and children’s superstar JoJo Siwa made history on the thirtieth season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars as the first same-sex dancing pair. They placed second, only behind professional dancer Daniella Karagach and NBA player Iman Shumpert. They remind us that dance knows no boundaries, and anyone can be a leader!
Video credit to @dancingabc on Instagram.
"Dance is a form of activism.
The Chloe & Maud Foundation was founded out of the necessity for black children to have equal opportunity and access to high quality education in the world of Dance, Entrepreneurship, and Self-empowerment. We have been fighting for justice by providing exceptional educational opportunities, and creating healing works of Art that celebrate our culture, build self-esteem, and empower our voices. As we continue to expand our programming, we need your help. If you would like to support, please donate above.
We are also taking action in the fight for Justice to end police brutality, and demand legal action to help end systematic racism."
Click the link below to read more about the Chloe & Maud Foundation's mission, learn about their projects, and view images and videos from their inspiring dance classes!
“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him… We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.”
~ John F. Kennedy