“Hard times call for furious dancing” – Alice Walker.
11th ANNUAL “FALLEN HEROES RISING STARS: A JUNTEEENTH CELEBRATION THROUGH DANCE” – Junteeenth is going virtual!
1) JUNETEENTH PERFORMANCE – SATURDAY, JUNE 27th, 6PM
2) DANCE CLASSES – FAMILY FRIENDLY (June 18-July 16)
3) AFRICAN AMERICAN MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS
SEMINAR – SATURDAY, JUNE 20th, 2-3:30PM.
JUNETEENTH DANCE CONCERT + Q&A with DANCERS
SATURDAY, JUNE 27th 6-7:30PM PACIFIC
We’re celebrating our community’s strength, resilience, self-empowerment, and joy, and we want you there! All stars of the dance world come together to celebrate dance, music & American history. Former soloists with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Martha Graham Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Complexions, Dayton Contemporary, Lula Washington, Ballet Hispanico, & over 40 Broadway shows, perform beautifully crafted pieces to honor the legacy of Bill Withers, James Brown, Bobby Womack, Nina Simone & Maya Angelou. Using dance and music to teach and celebrate African American history, the power of dancers in their 40’s & 50’s uplift, inspire, and create a beautiful healing space for us to see ourselves and see each other.
FAMILY- FRIENDLY DANCE CLASSES – All ages are welcome! The more the merrier and NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! Classes are 1/2 hour taught GWDC Master Teachers. The correct times are listed in the note below. (The calendar in red would not let us reflect these times.)
Thursday, 18th 6:00 PM Mindy Haywood, Stomp!
Saturday, 20th 12:00 PM Nellesa Walthour, Lion King
Thurs, 25th 6:00 PM Germaul Barnes, Bill T. Jones/
Arnie Zane Company
Saturday, 27th 12:00PM Kevin Boseman, Alvin Ailey ADT
Thurs, July 2nd. 6:00 PM Renee Monique Brown, Dayton
Contemporary Dance Company
Thursday, 9th 6:00 PM Christina Gonzales Sanchez,
Alvin Ailey American DT
Sat, July 11th 12:00 PM Bernard Brown, Lula Washington
Thursdays, June 18- July 16th, 1:30-2:30PM (5 sessions)
Fall Prevention & Pain Reduction for Seniors – Tonya Amos, GWDC Artistic Director. Note: Fall Prevention for seniors will be taught on Zoom and will require registration at: Tonya@GrownWomenDance.org
MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS for AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY – Dr. Ardis Martin, MD, Board Certified Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist – SAT, 20th 2:00- 3:30pm
Racial discrimination and micro aggressions impact physical and mental health. Learn about the issues and disparities in Black mental health, including depression and anxiety, and how Covidi-19 and our Revolution are impacting us. Learn to identify symptoms, resources and techniques to help.
Please help us celebrate community with the concert, dance classes, and seminar. We’re excited to “see” you in cyberspace!! Happy Juneteenth, y’all! Our ancestors are smiling.
Grown Women Dance Collective is supported by a grant from The San Francisco Foundation. This project is supported by the Oakland City Council and funded by the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program. GWDC is supported by the California Arts Council, Nonprofit Finance Fund, Clorox, sponsored by Aspire Pilates Center & Balanced Body, and is fiscally sponsored by 501c3 Dancers Group.