Dancing Grounds youth present a multidisciplinary performance about their experience with gentrification and displacement in New Orleans. Their original work combines hip hop, contemporary bounce, and African diasporic dances with poetry and music.
The show is preceded by a visual installation by young artists from across New Orleans and opening performances by other local dance groups. Following each performance, youth will lead story circle discussions with audience members to reflect on their experiences.
WHAT IS DANCE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE?
DSC is a year-round, multifaceted youth leadership initiative where participants learn how to use their artistic talents to advocate for change in their communities. It is led by the DG Uprising teen company, a group of 25 high school artists that rehearse weekly on Saturdays during the school year, studying dance, exploring advocacy issues, and building skills in creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and leadership. Each year, they select a social justice topic impacting their community and create an original performance about that issue. They premiere their work at the annual DSC festival and tour the work to community organizations and festivals. They also organize a block party, community forums, and other platforms that use the arts to advocate for social change. Past themes have included the school-to-prison pipeline (2016); women’s rights and gender justice (2017); mental health (2018); and gentrification and displacement (2019-2020).
Learn more at http://www.dancingrounds.org/dance-for-social-change