Professional Development (PD) for the People!
Sydnie L. Mosley Dances (SLMDances)
Sydnie L. Mosley Dances (SLMDances) is an all-women, New York City-based contemporary dance company that works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice through experiential dance performance. After eight years of sharing our work throughout the city, we are excited to invite dancers and artists into our creative process through a week of movement, discussion, learning and performance.
PD for the People! is a 4-day workshop open to all genders featuring movement experiences and professional development opportunities that embody the SLMDances core values: Dreaming, Individuality, Activism, Community, Authenticity and Learning. “I enjoy creating containers in which people can be nourished in multiple ways,” reflects Founder & Artistic Director Sydnie L. Mosley. Whether you participate in just one workshop or join us for the full experience, we look forward to collectively nourishing our bodies, minds, and creative spirits.
Artists who are able to participate in the full program will be invited to perform in the closing Showing on Friday at 6pm. Those who cannot participate in the full program will receive a discounted ticket to the closing Showing.
Tuesday - Thursday Schedule
1-4pm: Technique Class & Rep (see below for description)
5-8pm: Professional Development (see below for descriptions)
10am-12pm: SLMDances Audition (Open to any woman attending Technique & Rep classes during this week)
1-4pm: Technique Class & Rep
5-8pm: Showing at 6pm (Open to the Public)
FULL REGISTRATION, Tue-Fri, 1-8pm ($300 or $275 EARLY BIRD, by May 10): Select ANY date from menu above. Select Full Registration Artists who participate for the full week will be invited perform in the closing Showing on Friday at 6pm.
FOUR-DAY, TECHNIQUE + REP, Tue-Fri 1-4pm ($185): Select ANY date from menu above. Select Four-Day Tech + Rep Receive one (1) *FREE ticket to the closing Showing on Friday at 6pm
SINGLE-DAY, TECHNIQUE + REP, Tue-Fri 1-4pm ($50): Select SINGLE date from menu above. Select Single-Day Tech + Rep Receive *10% off of one (1) ticket to the closing Showing on Friday at 6pm
THREE-DAY, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP, Tue-Thu 5-8pm ($90): Select ANY date from menu above. Select Three-Day PD Workshop Receive one (1) *FREE ticket to the closing Showing on Friday at 6pm.
SINGLE-DAY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP, Tue-Thu 5-8pm ($35): Select SINGLE date from menu above. Select Single-Day PD Workshop Receive *10% off of one (1) ticket to the closing Showing on Friday at 6pm.
SHOWING Fri-6pm ($10): Select Fri, Jun-29 6pm, from menu above. Select SHOWING
*FREE & 10% discount codes will be emailed following your registration.
Technique Class and Repertory Workshop Description
SLMDances believes that every human should have the opportunity to cultivate an understanding of their own physical instrument as an access point to discovering who they are as a person. We open class by checking in with our individual bodies, and by doing so check in with one another. We make eye contact. Breathe together. Then, our movement journey travels fluidly between modern dance techniques, somatics, improvisation, and movement of the African Diaspora. Once our bodies are warm and active, we will explore phrases from SLMDances’ repertory and participate in the development of a new creation.
Dancers are expected to participate for the full time each day.
Professional Development Workshop Descriptions
PD1: (June 26) Life Skills for the Artist Who Wears Too Many Hats
Are you an artist and/or freelancer feeling like there isn't enough time for all the things you have to do? In this workshop, you will clarify your personal values and your own definition of success. Grounded in this work, you will walk away with tools to more successfully manage your multiple roles, as well as achieve personal and professional goals.
PD2: (June 27) BodyBusiness Resource Sharing: getting what you NEED with what you HAVE
Through a series of artist-guided activities, SLMDances will share practices that work towards a cooperative economy based on trust, value transparency and accountability, all while honoring individual voices. In this session, artists will reflect on what they have & what they need, equitably distribute resources, experience how a cooperative economy operates, and together, find ways to shift the culture in our day-to-day.
PD3: (June 28) Making Socially Engaged Dance
In this process-based workshop, SLMDances shares tools and best practices for creating dance with and for communities. Founder Sydnie L. Mosley will share who SLMDances is, what they do and how they do it. Dancers will participate in movement activities that build trust and accountability. Other exercises will model how to create dance work that explores strategies to respond to social justice issues. Dancers should bring paper and a writing utensil, as well as be ready to move.