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Embodying Social Justice through Dance


October 19, 2020
June 18
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Embodying Social Justice through Dance
with Theara J. Ward
Best for Grades 5 – 12

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Do not become bitter or hostile. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”  Congressman John Lewis.  In this dance workshop, professional dancer, actress and creator-of-change artist Theara Ward will guide students through an exploration of the similarities and differences between Black Lives Matter and the Civil Rights era. The workshop will culminate in a dance set to spoken word, written and choregraphed by the group.

Format: Online Live, Interactive- Zoom, Google Classroom or other
Length: 60 minutes (2-4 workshops recommended)
Maximum # students: 20
Workshops are offered between October, 2020 – June, 2021 and are scheduled between the artist & the school on a mutually agreeable date/time.
Fee: $550.00

Other dance workshops available. To book and for more information, contact Stephanie Turner, Director of Education & Outreach, stephanie.turner@liu.edu

Theara J. Ward began her professional career with the Dance Theater of Harlem at thirteen years old. She has travelled extensively and made her Broadway debut featured in the Tony Award winning revue, BLACK AND BLUE. The role of ‘Ghost of Christmas Future’ in “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” was created on Theara at Madison Square Garden.

She has appeared on television, in commercials. Theara has recently appeared in “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuff” by Ntozake Shange with Project1Voice and as a soloist “Tribute To Charles Mingus” with Diane Robinson and Mickey Davidson, Berklee Performance Center, Boston. Works with arts education programs in the New York metropolitan area including Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater,. She has presented at CADD (Collegium for African Diaspora Dance) and  “A Time To Dance: Theology Through the Arts,” symposium, Duke University.

Theara has also penned her one woman show, “From The Heart Of A Sistah: A chorepoem.