Dance for Social Change Festival 2022

Presented by
Dancing Grounds
Dancing Grounds
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans

Dancing Grounds presents the 2022 Dance for Social Change Festival (DSC), a program organized by young artists in the DSC Teen Company who use their artistry to catalyze positive social change in our community.

The festival is a four-day multidisciplinary experience with live performances, film, visual art, and audio installations created by youth from across New Orleans.

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Dance for Social Change Festival
Dance for Social Change Festival
Dance for Social Change Festival

Dance for Social Change Festival Events at the CAC

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  • April 20, 2022 - High School Field Trip Day
  • April 21, 2022 - Red Carpet Premiere
  • April 22, 2022 - Teen Night, Free for ages 13-18
  • April 23, 2022 - K-8 Matinee Performances

Dancing Grounds' 2022 program is a follow up to last year's festival and film, Ya Heard Meh? Youth Stories in a Global Pandemic, which urges audiences to listen to young people about how the global pandemic continues to affect their mental health and wellness, and was an official selection of the 2021 New Orleans Film Festival.

Dancing Grounds is an award-winning nonprofit that develops young leaders, promotes health and wellness, and advocates for social change through inclusive and accessible dance programs. For more information and to view past DSC works, visit or follow @dancinggrounds

DSC 2021-2022 Teen Company Members
Gabrielle Bankston
Amaya Curtis
Kamaria Gardner
Amelia Gaskew
Daniel Gray
Lauren Hughes
Amari James
Melani Martinez
Amira Mumford
Nyasha Mutepfa
Amaya Smith
Calsey Williams
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Dance for Social Change is supported by Women’s Sports Foundation, Starseed Foundation, The RosaMary Foundation, Red Bull, The New Orleans Musician’s Clinic, The National Endowment for the Arts, LuluLemon, Louisiana Division of the Arts, the Laureus Foundation, the Kabacoff Family Foundation, Junebug Productions, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, IWES, the Helis Foundation, the Greenhouse Collective, Grantmakers for Girls of Color, Degree’s Breaking Limits Program, the City of New Orleans, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, the New Orlean’s Arts Council, the Threadhead Cultural Foundation, The Clayton-Royer Family Fund, and the Lavin Family Fund.

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