MoBBallet Digital Symposium

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A Space that centers Blackness but welcomes all

 MoBBallet Virtual Symposium: Education, Communication, Restoration is made For Us By Us (FUBU) through the lens of Blackness it is a space designed to normalize the centering black voices, and experiences. We welcome all- allies, and co-conspirators anyone open and interested in sharing the love of ballet, and is interested in learning from another perspective please, enter our Virtual Village




(All times listed are Eastern Time Zone.)

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ORIGINALLY RECORDED ON FRIDAY AUGUST 14TH

Part 1. FUBU Town Hall
(Approx. 60 mins)

Welcome to the Village:

Although all are welcome this gathering of the Black dance community is designed For Us By US, a space that unabashedly centers Blackness. In the wake of the current Covid-19 crisis, the great loss of life within our community, as well as the uprisings for racial and social justice, as artists we need a space to commune, share our sentiments, concerns, hopes and dreams. The FUBU Town Hall is a space for us to SEE each other, fellowship as a Village and empty our heads and hearts with the incentive of invoking healing.

Registered users for this FUBU Town Hall can ask questions in advance, and we will make every attempt to present them to the panel for discussion.
The link to the question form will be found in your invoice product notes after you’ve added this seminar to your cart and checked out.

 

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The email you use at check out will be used for your MoBBallet account dashboard where you will be able to see the links to all your Pay-Per-View purchased. You will also receive an email for your order that includes the links. You will only be able to view your content when you are logged into your MoBBallet account.

ORIGINALLY RECORDED ON FRIDAY AUGUST 14TH

Part 2. Ballet Community Town Hall with Ballet Leadership #balletrelevesforblack lives…or does it?
(Approx. 80 mins)

Join us for a candid conversation with those residing in leadership roles within the ballet industry as they discuss how the recent Black Lives Matter uprisings have affected them as people and  as leaders. They will reflect on what they have learned, their core values, as well as any shifts in perspective or urgency around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within their organizations.We will discuss the importance of accountability and how it can present itself as the ballet community moves forward.

Participants: Atlanta Ballet , Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet New York City Ballet and School of American Ballet, Ballet Austin, Texas Ballet Theatre, Ballet Memphis, National Ballet of Canada, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet

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The email you use at check out will be used for your MoBBallet account dashboard where you will be able to see the links to all your Pay-Per-View purchased. You will also receive an email for your order that includes the links. You will only be able to view your content when you are logged into your MoBBallet account.

SATURDAY AUGUST 15TH

A Dancer’s guide to Company Life:
(Approx. 60 mins)

In the spirit of The Village, this “Each one Teach one” session has Professional Ballet dancers sharing their greatest lessons, and tips to transitioning from student to professional dancer on getting the lowdown on: time management, body maintenance, nutrition and sleep, money and the anxiety of being the new kid on the barre and stay healthy mind, body and spirit.

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The email you use at check out will be used for your MoBBallet account dashboard where you will be able to see the links to all your Pay-Per-View purchased. You will also receive an email for your order that includes the links. You will only be able to view your content when you are logged into your MoBBallet account.

SATURDAY AUGUST 15TH

Social justice 101 ACTIVATE YOUR ACTIVISM:
How to activate your activism online and in person
(Approx. 60 min)

In Ballet, dancers are not expected to have a voice, so it can be difficult finding it, and learning when (and most importantly) how to use it when necessary. This session will assist dancers (of various age groups) in discovering and defining their personal activism. We will discuss the meaning of “resistance” as black people in America, how to alleviate emotional and spiritual burden, and how we can establish a supplementary form of activism through validating and supporting each other’s experiences with racism.

Through this session, we will investigate diverse forms of advocacy and resistance tactics to combat racial injustices:

  • Reveal inconspicuous elements of activism
  • Defining Support language
  • How to Train your Ally: guide to embodying allyship and yielding the space for the voices of color and their lived experiences and perspectives

THIS WAS A FREE VIRTUAL EVENT

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED

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The email you use at check out will be used for your MoBBallet account dashboard where you will be able to see the links to all your Pay-Per-View purchased. You will also receive an email for your order that includes the links. You will only be able to view your content when you are logged into your MoBBallet account.

FRIDAY AUGUST 21ST

Black in Ballet History Part I (Approx. 60 mins)

This lecture will utilize the MoBBallet timeline to illuminate contributions and achievements of black people in the field of ballet.

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The email you use at check out will be used for your MoBBallet account dashboard where you will be able to see the links to all your Pay-Per-View purchased. You will also receive an email for your order that includes the links. You will only be able to view your content when you are logged into your MoBBallet account.


THIS WAS A FREE VIRTUAL EVENT

generously underwritten by:

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED

FRIDAY AUGUST 21ST

Addressing Implicit Bias in Dance History curriculum –
How do we combat it?: A Discussion
(Approx. 90 mins)

Join us for a robust conversation that will investigate current dance history curriculum and how it often omits and ultimately, segregates black dance contributions, specifically through the lens of ballet. Observe how dance professors craft their curriculum towards a more holistic and inclusive method to give students a fuller perspective of the intersectionality of dance. Moderated by Chandra Moss-Thorne

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The email you use at check out will be used for your MoBBallet account dashboard where you will be able to see the links to all your Pay-Per-View purchased. You will also receive an email for your order that includes the links. You will only be able to view your content when you are logged into your MoBBallet account.

FRIDAY AUGUST 21ST

Brains & Ballet: A Guide to Dance in Higher Education
(Approx. 60 mins)

Are you considering pursuing dance at a college or university? Would you like to know the benefits you gain from dancing in college? Do you have the desire to pursue dance in an academic setting? Would you like to know more about Degrees offered? Are you interested in learning more about what dancers pursue after graduating?
Moderators- Chandra Moss Thorne (Swarthmore University)
Christian Von Howard (Montclair State University)

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The email you use at check out will be used for your MoBBallet account dashboard where you will be able to see the links to all your Pay-Per-View purchased. You will also receive an email for your order that includes the links. You will only be able to view your content when you are logged into your MoBBallet account.

SATURDAY AUGUST 22ND

History of Colorism and Blacks in A Ballet
(Approx. 60 mins)

Based on Theresa Ruth Howard’s Dance Magazine article: Is Ballet Brown Bagging it? This session discusses the role colorism played in the writing of the history of Blacks in ballet. Walk the timeline from Essie Marie Dorsey, Marion Cuyjet, Janet Collins, Raven Wilkinson to the current principal ballerinas on stages today and examine how colorism and “light skinned” privilege is still an active factor in the advancement of Black females in the ballet world.

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THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED

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The email you use at check out will be used for your MoBBallet account dashboard where you will be able to see the links to all your Pay-Per-View purchased. You will also receive an email for your order that includes the links. You will only be able to view your content when you are logged into your MoBBallet account.

SATURDAY AUGUST 22ND

Colorism in Ballet : A Town Hall (Approx. 90 mins)

Colorism is a deep and still open wound in the Black and Brown communities. After looking at how it has shaped the world of ballet we take the discussion of colorism to the Village to discuss how it has affected our citizens and what we need to heal.

THIS WAS A FREE VIRTUAL EVENT

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED

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The email you use at check out will be used for your MoBBallet account dashboard where you will be able to see the links to all your Pay-Per-View purchased. You will also receive an email for your order that includes the links. You will only be able to view your content when you are logged into your MoBBallet account.

FRIDAY AUGUST 28TH 3:00-4:30pm

Covid 19:
The Future of Dance Training:
(Approx. 90 mins)

Examining the efficacy of virtual Dance Training: How it should be managed; what should the intention/expectations be?
Join a panel of international program directors from leading schools as they discuss how their institutions are upholding the structure of dance education remotely, while in quarantine, transitioning to in- studio and the impact and sustainability of Digital Dance Training.

 

Ayisha McMillan Cravatta:Charlotte Ballet
Margaret Tracy: Boston Ballet
Ernst Meisner: National Academy of Ballet (Dutch National Ballet)
Jessica Wheeler: Elmhurst School of Ballet (Birmingham)
Robert Garland:Dance Theatre of Harlme

more TBA

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The email you use at check out will be used for your MoBBallet account dashboard where you will be able to see the links to all your Pay-Per-View purchased. You will also receive an email for your order that includes the links. You will only be able to view your content when you are logged into your MoBBallet account.

FRIDAY AUGUST 28TH 4:40-5:40pm

Virtual DL:
Dance Educators Town Hall
(Approx. 60 mins)

As a village, we will reveal the challenges and share effective practices of teaching virtually: correcting students virtually, lack of space, the inability to give a full class including jumps and moving across the floor, etc.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED

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-IMPORTANT-
The email you use at check out will be used for your MoBBallet account dashboard where you will be able to see the links to all your Pay-Per-View purchased. You will also receive an email for your order that includes the links. You will only be able to view your content when you are logged into your MoBBallet account.

SATURDAY AUGUST 29TH 12:00-2:30pm

A Conversation with Choreographer William Forsythe:
Centering Otherness in Ballet
(Approx. 60 mins)

In the late 80’s and early 90’s Ballet Frankfurt blew ballet’s mind open. The fresh and innovative movement style, and the pointed break with classicism of black tights, and pointe shoes were amplified by the eclectic group of company artists. They were: short, tall, muscular, sexy, womanly, effeminate, bespectacled, and all highly classically trained. They were breaking lines, barriers and assumptions.  Part of the intrigue was the “anti-uniformity”, no two dancers were alike, and Blackness was unapologetically present on stage. Choreographer William Forsythe joins MoBBallet founder Theresa Ruth Howard to discuss his philosophy about dance, creation, humanity and the role“otherness” played in shaping his aesthetic and in the company culture. Could this era of Ballet Frankfurt be a model for  Classical ballet’s cultural reform?


Part II  In Response: A Conversation with the Dancers of the Frankfurt Ballet
(Approx. 80 mins)

After, we are joined by some of the Ballet Frankfurt dancers who will share their experiences, and thoughts on working, creating and collaborating together.

Alan Barnes
Ramon Flowers
Francesca Harper
Demond Hart
Bahiyah Hibah
Helen Pickett Desmond Richardson



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