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The Dance + Social Justice Conference

The Dance + Social Justice Conference


Free Body Project


Gibney Dance & Foley Gallery
New York, NY


Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 1:00pm



Free Body Project

The Dance + Social Justice Conference: Resilience
What if, through dance, you could change the world? Join us on Saturday, December 9 in New York City and do just that. 

The Dance + Social Justice Conference is a movement to explore and celebrate the interconnectedness of the body, creativity, human rights, and social justice.

Experience the methodologies behind movement-based social change happening around the world, engage with experts in the field, connect with your body, and join a growing group of dancers and activists dedicated to making radical impacts across the globe.

Some of the topics we will cover are >> the psychology of creativity // disability and activism in dance // dance as a mode of peacebuilding after conflict and genocide // trauma healing through movement // and movement-based advocacy against gender-based violence. The theme tying this work together is resilience: the remarkable capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

The conference takes place in two parts at two beautiful locations. Please note the times:

MOVEMENT WORKSHOPS: 1-5pm @ Gibney Dance, 280 Broadway

SPEAKER SERIES: 7-9:30pm @ Foley Gallery, 59 Orchard Street

Purchase your tickets, and join us for both parts of the day, or just one.


Our incredible speakers are:

  • Toni Shapiro-Phim: Director of Programs, Philadelphia Folklore Project, Dance Scholar, and Co-Editor of the book, Dance, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Dignity in Motion.
  • Heidi Latsky: Artistic Director, Heidi Latsky Dance
  • Carolyn Gregoire: Freelance writer and Co-Author of, Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind.
  • Fatu Gayflor: Artistic Director, Liberian Women's Chorus for Change
  • Kara Gilmour: Senior Director of Community Action and Artist Services, Gibney Dance


>> 10% of proceeds from the event will support Kolkata Sanved, a nonprofit in India using dance and dance therapy as rehabilitation for survivors of human trafficking and violence.

>> When you get your ticket, we'll send you the chapter on resilience from The Choreograph of Resolution: Conflict, Movement, and Neuroscience, co-edited by one of our past speakers, Carrie MacLeod, with writings from current speaker, Toni Shapiro-Phim to get you started.

* More information about our speakers, the movement methodologies, and Free Body Project at  www.freebodyproject.org.

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